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.

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.

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.

Red Leaves and Blue Sky

Tree, West Sussex, 1st May 2020

I’m trying to remember which philosopher it was who talked about the power of being able to see the world a-new. Right now, we are all quite restricted where we can go and I find myself trying to find a new view of familar places. This morning I was rewarded with a blue sky to contrast with the red leaves. If I am being a techie, I notice that the scene shows additive primary colours (RGB).

What have you been intersted in during the lockdown?

Where I live (quite rural but near a large town), I see lots of families walking and riding bicycles in the sunshine.

Tree, Vietnam

Tree, Reunification Palace, HCMC, Vietnam 2014

I didn’t visit the Reunification Palace while I lived in Ho Chi Minh City, only seeing it when I returned to the country on a flying visit.

The building has a rather theatrical quality, which makes me think of a film set. The gardens, but contrast, are cool, dark and rather inviting, with lots of shade to hide from the sun in. Unusually for me, I took lots of pictures of the trees which all looked unique and characterful. I liked this one best. It has a monumental quality.

Tree, St. James’s Park

Tree, St. James’s Park, London 2019

St James’s Park, is probably my favourite in London. In the Summer it gets very crowded, but first thing in the morning as the sun comes up, it really is lovely.

This picture isn’t first thing in the morning, but I do like the contrast between the soft pink of the blossoms and the deep green of the grass. Yes, that is the MoD Building behind the trees.

Edit – 20.06.20

As usual, when I posted this, I avoided mentioning that this was the first day of the lockdown. I wonder if posting a picture of an almost empty public space was a way of commenting on this.

Another Leaf in a Park, Singapore 2009

Singapore, 2009

I love here how the picture goes from blurry to sharp, from left to right in the frame. And where it is sharp, you can see the structure of the leaf.

I used my new camera of the time, a Canon Powershot G9 to take this. The reason it is worthy of mentioning, is because sharp close-ups are really hard to do handheld. Especially on something like a leaf, which is nearly always slightly moving.

This photo also reminds me of a time when I spent a lot of time in Singapore. I loved walking in the backstreets. It is the only place I know where Borders Bookshop would fill on Friday and Saturday nights.

Tree in the Park, London

St. Jameses Park, 2018

I have a theory, that my real hobby is walking and that photography just happens along the way. I think people have said similar things about golf.

I was really drawn to the colour of the leaves on the tree, which looked a little like flames. And then there was the very short, neat grass which all looked a little unreal.

It was a beautiful autumn day, with very direct sunlight undiffused by clouds. I’m amazed that there aren’t lots of tourists in the background, because there were lots around.

Looking at it, it makes me think a little of Anthony Browne books, like “Voices in the Park”.

Again, all done with an iPhone.