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.

Double Rainbow, West Sussex

Rainbow in the Park, West Sussex – June 2020

People tend to think of landscape photography as a fairly leisurely persuit, but in my experience it is anything but. I took these two pictures within a few minutes of each other – and then the light went!

Two Shadows, West Sussex – June 2020

If you are curious, I took these on my phone, which I bring on my daily walk. Moments after I took the rainbow picture it rained quite heavily, which made me glad that my phone is water resistant. To my eye, these photos are quite close to how it looked, the Sun was very low in the sky, casting long, dark shadows.

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?

Bee, West Sussex

Bee with Pollen Baskets, West Sussex – June 2020

Another go at bee photography. I think this is another species of bee to my previous photographs, note the bright yellow pollen baskets on its rear legs! I don’t know how your lockdown is going, but I seem to spend far more time in the garden now, than I ever have in the past. And like anywhere, where you spend time, the longer you are there, the more you notice. The other thing is, I suppose, that we are now in Summer.

I took this photo with my iPhone – it is cropped a little, but I can still see some texture on the bee (its eyes look particularly smooth and glossy).

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.

Full Moon, West Sussex

Full Moon, West Sussex April 2020

I’ve photographed these trees a few times. Usually during the day. On this occasion, there was a full moon and a clear sky.

During the lockdown I’ve been using my phone for most of my pictures and by and large I am happy with the results. I don’t chimp much, so I only usually know what I’ve got when I get home and upload to my computer. In my memory, the Moon looked larger – it could be because phones use a fairly wide-angle lens. It is an irony, that this looks, like a simple picture but I know my phone was doing all sorts of complex processing to produce this picture.

When the lockdown ends, what do you think it will be like? I’m looking forward to visiting new places, or maybe revisiting places I’ve been before.

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!

Tree at Sunset, West Sussex

Tree at Sunset, West Sussex May 2020

Whether through design or cirumstance, seem to be photographing sunsets lately. In the UK, we have had sunshine for most of the lockdown period, which has made for some golden sunsets (see above).

I’m wondering if the air is a little clearer because there are fewer cars on the roads – in the evening, there is very little traffic these days – bicycles seem to be the most popular form of transport.

I don’t know when lockdown will end – could be June- but I have the feeling it may be a while, I am looking forward to pictures of people, but I think I will miss quiet walks and clear skies.

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.