Finally, wild spring flowers have started appearing all over the place. These are Anemone nemorosa, or, if you prefer, wood anemone in West Wood, just outside Thaxted in Essex
Spring finally arrived yesterday and we took a walk around Rowney Woods. Amazingly we saw 3 different types of butterfly — they will have been struggling to find any flowers, with the exception of a few straggly primroses there really wasn’t much for them to go at.
I forced myself to only use my 14-24mm lens and I knew that the clouds would look great…and indeed they did!
This was my first go at a “Little Planet”. Just to complicate matters I did an HDR version of it, so 55 shots were taken to make this image…probably a little excessive!
It was good fun to make and I do like the effect…and, of course, it’s Doctors Pond, at sunset
I’ve been keen to shoot the stars and I had some limited success with this but the moon coming up over the lake at Hatfield Forest was quite beautiful.
It’s amazingly quiet in the forest at this time of night…except for the roar of the jet engines and smell of aviation fuel that drifts across to you from a mile or so away — it was a surprisingly strong smell. It’s a smell I love though as it reminds me of holidays taken ion the Isle of Tresco when I was a young boy — we used to take the helicopter over from Penzance to St Mary’s and that smell of aviation fuel always meant that we were nearly there.
I was down in London last night to see Stiff Little Fingers at The Forum so I only had my teeny tiny Canon Power Shot which is pretty much the same size as a credit card, just a little thicker.
I grabbed this shot on my way home and was quite pleased with it. It’s amazing how much interest a person and their tiny camera can create — trying to take a shot of an escalator created great interest with a chap coming and joining me to take their own version on their mobile phone.
We had to do a “repetition” shot for our one shot challenge on the City and Guilds course I’m doing at the moment. This wasn’t the sort of repetition the course leader had in mind, but I’d had this shot in my mind for a while and I really enjoyed shooting it.
I only have 1 rubber duck (kindly donated one Christmas by my brother), so I took about 70 shots of the duck in different positions and then merged all those shots in photoshop.
We had an early finish at camera club tonight so I stopped off at Hatfield Forest to photograph the stars…but the cloud was racing in so I was glad I had my torch in the car and set about doing some light painting.
When you see the experts doing this they always have their laptop tethered to the camera and can really see what they are doing…this is an advantage
Apparently, this is a sight for all sorts of nefarious carrying ons at night, it was way too cold for that sort of thing tonight!
I knew full well that I shouldn’t just march over the farmers field, my main defense it that it’s the middle of winter and nothing is growing or has been planted yet…also, I wanted the picture
For those of you not in the know, this is the John Webb Windmill in Thaxted with Thaxted Parish Church in the background
Had some fun at the weekend making some pictures of these peppers being dropped in water.
This post box is just down the road from where I live on North Street in Great Dunmow, Essex.