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.

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.

On the Beach, Newquay

On the Beach, Newquay 1992

I photograph on the beach – a lot. Judging by the number of people trying to shift “water-damaged” cameras on eBay, I’m not alone.

Beaches are always changing. If you want to photograph wildlife, go early in the morning. If you go in the late afternoon, you will probably see a different kind of “wildlife’.

I think this was my first real summer holiday on my own. I just loaded up my car and got to know all my tapes really well. I think this was an early morning walk. I’m not quite sure why the JCB is carving the sand, but those people don’t seem to want to move.

This is a scan of some 35mm FP4+. I was still finding my way with developing and promoting. The clouds look good, but I needed a bit more in the shadows.

What else do I remember? Trying my hand at surfing. That feeling when you catch a wave. Scrambled eggs for breakfast. The long drive home.

Dawn – Cedar Key, FL

Dawn, Cedar Key 2000

I can’t believe I took this almost 20 years ago!

The night before, I had driven down from Atlanta. The last few miles had been quite slow because deer kept jumping from the side of the road (might have made interesting pictures) in what was quite a rural area. Finally we pulled up at the motel and piled into our rooms.

The next moring, my mum was thumping on my door – to show me the sunrise. I think I walked about 5 feet from my door – and took this picture. Can’t say I deliberated long and hard. But I still like it.

Incidentally, Cedar Key is a nice place. Quite low-key. Must go back one day.

Technically, I took this with my first digital camera a Nikon Coolpix 950, which produced 2 megapixel images.

In the Morning, Batheaston

Batheaston, 2016

A well-known photographic adage is “the best camera, is the one you have with you”.

On this occasion, as I walked to Bath on a fairly chilly Autumn morning, I only had my iphone with me – so it is what I used to take this picture.

When I look at photos, I’m looking for signs of the photographer, tapping at the keys, turning the drama to 10. If you’ve ever seen Ansel Adam’s “Moonlight over Hernandez” (I think it is spelt like that), you can hear him clanking away in the background, bringing in the sky and shadows. But it is a lovely image. I think his best selling one – so perhaps that’s ok.

This is pretty much how it looked.