Two lights in one day

infra red and mist

One day last month, I managed to get out to Chatley Heath during some early morning mist.  The forest of towering scots pines looked spooky in the mist so I gave this image an infrared style treatment.  By the early afternoon, the mist had burned off and colour returned.

Chatley Heath

I love going back to familiar locations and discovering how their mood changes with the season and the light.

More forest secrets

mushrooms

55mm, f7.1, 1/25, ISO 800

It’s a grey, drizzling day here, the sort of weather that people imagine when they think of England. A day for editing images rather than shooting them.

mushroom

55mm, f8, 1/40, ISO 800

I hope you can forgive yet another mushroom-related post. There were so many toadstools and other fungi in the woods near Friday Street yesterday. I snapped a few of the nicest, or strangest, depending on your point of view.

fungus

55mm, f4, 1/150, ISO 800

The last couple of days have been bad back days so I only had my little Fuji along. But it coped well with pretending, using the 18-55mm kit lens, to be a macro shooter.

mushrooms in leaves

55mm, f 4.5, 1/80, ISO 800

One or two of the mushrooms were kind enough to pose above ground level.

mushrooms

55mm, f4.5, 1/60, ISO 800

Using a wider lens than I would normally gave me the chance to try something a little different from my usual shallow depth of field, isolated subject, loads of bokeh style. In the shot below I wanted to make more of an environmental shot, using the log to lead the eye into the frame.

mushrooms

18mm, f5, 1/40, ISO 1600

It was while I was taking that shot that I noticed the cute little toadstool posing on top of the log featured in my post yesterday. Here it is a bit closer. Well, I couldn’t keep the bokeh at bay for long.

toadstool

55mm, f7.1, 1/12, ISO 800

Despite having now edited all of the images from the shoot, the image I posted yesterday remains my favourite of the day. But I have made a better edit of it, muting some of the brightest highlights in the background.

fungi

18mm, f.5, 1/50, ISO 1600

Tomorrow, one more secret of the forest, but not a mushroom in sight.

Through a forest

trees and child

The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness. – John Muir

Every now and then I like to experiment.  Panning is a fun technique and so easy to do.  Just move the camera with a slowish shutter speed.  All done in camera; no fuss.  With trees, I like to slow the movement at the bottom of the scene to get a little more clarity.  I think this helps to ‘ground’ the image.  It’s very different from my usual, realistic style but it stops me from taking photography too seriously, and that has to be a good thing, right?