Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Early Autumn, Sherwood Forest (October 2017)

I noticed that the beech leaves close to home had started changing colour and I decided to take a look at how autumn was progressing in Sherwood Forest. There is a patch of beech trees that I particularly enjoy photographing near to Hanger Hill Wood.

When I arrived there was still lots of green except for a couple of branches where the leaves had turned to a vibrant orange. Just that small amount of colour was enough to make some early autumn compositions:

Not far from Hanger Hill Wood is a beech tree plantation which I have photographed a number of times over the years. On this occasion the bright conditions, one of the few blue sky days in October, made it hard to gain a balanced exposure. In the end I decided to use the strong contrast as a feature of the compositions:

On the walk back to the car I took a series of images of the fading sunlight high in the trees. I particularly enjoy this type of shot in autumn as it captures the colours so well. I also like the unusual point of view and the sense of perspective created by the converging lines of the trees trunks:

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Autumn on the Southwell Trail - Part 4

After diverting to a set of images from 2015, I am back to autumn 2017 and the continuation of a series that looks to document the season on the Southwell Trail in Nottinghamshire.

Although I often return to photographic venues on a regular basis this is the first time that I have tried a documentary style of photography in one location for a prolonged period of time. What was particularly noticeable during October was how slow the season progressed and at one stage I was thinking that the project was a bit of a mistake. The many dull weather days didn't help.

When there was an odd bit of brightness I captured some the landscape surrounding the trail. These are some examples:

I tried to set up some compositions that I could easily repeat to show the seasonal changes. This is one example showing a couple of ash trees laden with leaves in early October and then almost bare towards the end of the month:

Similarly, the ash trees that line the trail gradually lost leaves:

When the weather was poor I picked out colours where I could find them. Examples include, rosebay willowherb as it begins to die off, some rosehips, and single fallen leaf:

This post concludes the first half of the project, late September to the end of October. The second half now moves into a series of posts that cover November and early December which includes the more rustic tones of autumn as the oak tree leaves start to change colour, the weather is kinder for photography, and the first frost of the season are then followed by a brief snow fall.

Before publishing these images the next couple of posts will cover some early autumn shots taken in Sherwood Forest.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Autumn Colours

These are a selection of photographs taken after the mist cleared in Clipstone Forest (see previous post, Misty Pines). They are part of an set of images from 2015 that I had overlooked and not previously processed. It was the colours and the simplicity of the first image below that caught my eye when searching my back catalogue of photographs. I can't really think why I did not process them at the time.....

The reflected colours in the forest pool provided some alternative autumn compositions:

Lastly, some more conventional compositions:

Monday, 8 January 2018

Misty Pines

Searching back through some old photographs, I came across a set of unprocessed images taken in Clipstone Forest in November 2015. I can see that I was busy with other photographic projects at the time but it is unusual for me to overlook a complete photographic outing.

Having now has an opportunity to review the files, I can see two main themes: sunrays through the mist in a pine wood and then autumn colours in the forest which I will cover in separate post.

Of the pine wood shots, I particularly like the first image with sunrays angled behind the strong vertical of the pine trunk. The next two images zoom more into the mist with a reduced depth of field. This creates a softness away from the point of focus and produces a less conventional composition:

Completing this post are selection of wider angle shots of the wood. These were taken before the mist gave way to the sunshine which then lasted for the rest of the day: