Walking into Town

Trees in the Park, Horsham Park – April 2021
Trees, Horsham Park, West Sussex – April 2021

For health reasons, I am trying to make sure I take a solid walk every day. I recently found myself testing a new (to me) camera, so I thought I would combine the activities and see what came out of it.

The camera is an Olympus E-450, which I believe is about 10 years old, so I was curious to see what my photographs would look like.

Tree in the Park, Horsham Park, Horsham – April 2021

Before I even took any photographs, I was pleased with the size and weight of the camera, which even with the kit zoom (14-42mm), easily slipped into my shoulder bag and was barely noticeable as I walked along country footpaths and climbed over stiles.

Calves in a Field, Horsham, West Sussex – April 2021

Back home again, looking at the files, I’m really pleased with the colours the camera produced. The greens look good (I hate it when they go neon). and the cows and flowers look – about right. It reminds me, that a good camera 10 years ago – is still probably a good camera.

Tree, Horsham Park

Tree, Horsham Park, West Sussex October 2020

I may have posted pictures of this tree before – perhaps in a different season.

As I recollect it, I was sitting on a bench, when I thought the tree reminded me of a still life or perhaps a Chinese landscape painting. So I took a picture.

Two Trees, West Sussex

Two Trees, West Sussex June 2020

I think I have missed my morning walk once during lockdown. Yesterday, it was quite cool and misty early on – but by the time I went out for my walk, the Sun was up and throwing long, dark shadows. And there is a contrast with the morning mist, which is slowly being burned off.

Shadow, West Sussex

Tree Shadow, West Sussex June 2020

Another sunset photo. I really like trees and the interesting shadows which they cast. In this case it is from the the sunset. Part of me want to crop this to square with the tree in the middle – but I haven’t. I wonder what the soundtrack might be.?

As you can see, this another view of the park which I have been walking around all these weeks. When I first started walking in the morning and evening, I was mostly alone, but now I regularly have to leave the path to allow other people to pass. I’m writing this on a Thursday evening, knowing that on Monday all the shops in Horsham will open for the first time in almost 3 months. Will it be teaming with people or will they all stay away?

Bumblebee, West Sussex

Bumblebee, Front Garden, West Sussex May 2020
Bumblebee, Front Garden, West Sussex May 2020

Today, I have been trying to photograph bees, which I thought would be an easy subject – but isn’t.

Although they don’t require lengthy travel to locate, or require model releases, there are a number of challenges to be overcome.

Firstly, they are quite small, so you need a close-up lens to be able to see anything.

Secondly, you need to be able to follow when they are and point the camera to the correct place. For some reason I thought they just float about – but on closer observation I am reminded of the phrase “Busy as a bee”. They just zip about!

Thirdly, you need quick reflexes and a fast reacting camera to catch them at the right moment.

I started off using a proper camera, but then changed to my phone because I found it easier to follow movement on the screen and in burst mode, I can choose the “right” moment. There is a sacrifice in quality, but I think it looks – OK.

Daisies, West Sussex

Daisies, West Sussex May 2020

I found these dasies quite close to where I live, peeking out of the hedge. They remind me of childhood drawings of flowers, with pure whites and warm sun-yellows, which contrast nicely with the deep green of the hedge. I love looking at the details on the foreground daisy!

Leaves, West Sussex

Sycamore Leaves, West Sussex May 2020

Like most people, my outdoor photography has been restricted by the lock-down. Which is why I have been posting pictures of things I’ve seen on my exercise walks. I could post things from the past – places I’ve been – but it feels irrelvant at the moment.

This is a picture of some leaves on a sycamore tree. Initially I thought it was a maple (because of the shape), but if you look closely, you can see some seeds – which is the giveaway.

Two Trees, West Sussex

Backlit Trees, West Sussex, May 2020

Because of restrictions, I find myself walking in the same places most of the time. Everytime I pass these two trees, they feel like a contrasting pair.

Although it is early summer, as you can see with the dew on the grass, early in the morning, it is still cool.

Another Tree in the Park

Tree, West Sussex April 2020

This is another early morning picture, seemingly they only kind I take these days. Like many people, with the lockdown, lots of the things I do has changed. Prior to the last couple of posts, nearly all my photos came from dedicated cameras, mostly of places I have visited rather than near where I live. Whereas now, I post pictures from my local area using my phone. There aren’t many people around, so they don’t feature so much these days either. I can see that I am photographing a lot more nature as well.