Weather front

Surrey landscape

50, f/11, 1.3″, 20 mm
Circ. polariser, .6 ND hard grad. and .9 pro glass (I think!)

Another shot from Tuesday’s day out along the Wey Navigation. Was it worth it, capturing this towering weather front, in return for three days of foul weather and counting? Definitely.

A return to bugs tomorrow – this warning is for you, Gunta. ūüėČ

Epic light and changeable weather

Wey Navigation
The last couple of days have been really foul here – loads more rain that our already saturated landscape really didn’t need, and unremitting grey skies. But on Tuesday, as the weather front rolled slowly in over the Surrey countryside, Jen and I were treated to some seriously epic skies.
Surrey landscape
Fortuitously, we had chosen for our weekly photoshoot the Wey Navigation towpath between Cartbridge and Triggs Lock. The Navigation is bounded here by water meadows, open spaces and big skies. We were like the proverbial children in the sweet shop (kids in a candy store in American!). It will take me a while to get through all the images I made but here are the first few out of the digital darkroom. Little editing required thanks to my circ. polariser and ND grad. filters. Colours as they appeared on the day.
Weather front

More murmurations

starlings
Last month, I posted some images of our local starling murmuration.  I popped back three times last week and was delighted to find them still there, doing their thing, only in greater numbers.  Yesterday was the best yet as the sunset kindly provided a colourful backdrop.
starlings

Competition success!

poppy fieldI am very excited today because the news has just gone public that I have won Surrey Life magazine’s calendar photography competition. ¬†Here’s a link to the announcement. ¬†My winning image is Evening Poppies (above) and it goes on the cover of the calendar. ¬†January’s image is also one of mine: Winter on Desborough Island. ¬†A further two have been requested for the exhibition at Denbies Wine Estate in January: Moonrise over Weybridge and Autumn at the Lake.

Surrey snowscape

Surrey landscape Painshill Park

Golden light and morning mist

Surrey Landscape
Jen and I enjoyed a wonderful shoot on Chatley Heath yesterday. For a short while, the sun burned through the early mist to cast its rays across the landscape. Chatley Heath is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and it is managed as a nature reserve by Surrey Wildlife Trust, a favourite charity of mine.
Surrey landscape

Autumn Falls

Weybridge

 

Last week I shared a picture of Coulson’s Weir on the Wey Navigation, Weybridge. ¬†This is another shot of the same place, taken on the same day but a couple of hours later. ¬†The light has become warmer and a cluster of oak leaves has fallen giving me some seasonal foreground. In fact, I like this one better than the first shot. ¬†I think the person on the bridge helps the composition, although I know a few very good landscapers who absolutely hate seeing people in their shots. ¬†I suppose this is not exactly a wild place and so a bit of human interest seems fitting. Which image do you prefer? ¬†And what are your views on figures in landscapes?

I realise I have been wittering on about the Wey Navigation recently but haven’t really explained what it is. ¬†I did a few posts about it last year, but that is a long time ago in blog-land! ¬†A longer post on the Navigation is in the pipeline, plus one on technique, and one on selling your images online. But first my incredibly slow internet has to finish downloading OS X Mavericks. ¬†So far, 8 hours and not even close to the middle of the progress bar! ¬†Rant over.

Desborough sunset

Surrey landscape
Sun sets over Desborough Cut, a man-made channel that allows water traffic to avoid the deep meander of the River Thames around Desborough Island, near Weybridge, Surrey.
If you missed yesterday’s post on achieving the starburst effect in camera, here’s a link: Starburst- no filter required.