Thursday, 22 March 2018

Winter on the Southwell Trail - Part 3

'Bare trees and brown grass' is not the most camera grabbing description of winter. It doesn't inspire in the same way that the changing colours of autumn or new growth in spring might do. That said, winter photography can be just as impactful, particularly when combined with some late afternoon sunlight.

I find the branching patterns of trees fascinating and winter, of course, is the best time to view them in detail. Again, good winter light helps the photography:

Finally, not all the trees along the trail are in winter mode and there are plenty of hazel catkins on show:

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Winter on the Southwell Trail - Part 2

Something different for this second set from the winter on the Southwell Trail series. These are a selection of close-up images focussing mainly on the undergrowth and any small amounts of colour I could find during winter:

This final photograph provides some context for some of the images shown above. For most of the year this is a dense green undergrowth. In winter it get stripped back as the greenery dies away leaving a tangle of dried weed. It is an unusual subject but I really like the complex crisscross patterns created by this weed.    

Friday, 16 March 2018

Winter on the Southwell Trail - Part 1

Unsurprisingly, the first set of the winter series on the Southwell Trail is similar to the late autumn photographs. In this respect winter started slowly. The fantastic light of late December persuaded me to continue with the series along with the enjoyment of the walking combined with the photography.

The Southwell Trail walks are now a habit as I contemplate the spring season which is just around the corner. Whilst this reminds me that I am nearly a complete season behind with my posts, it does allow me to signal what is to come in the series including snow at the end of January and the real event of the winter, the 'Beast from the East' in late February and early March (1).

In the meantime these are the results from late December and that wonderful winter light I mentioned:

(1) The beast from the east was the name given to a clash of easterly Siberian winds with Storm Emma from the south. The result was widespread snow falling across most of the country with major disruption to roads and services.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Curbar Edge (December 2017)

Bright conditions on Curbar Edge suddenly turned to snow. I watched as heavy clouds swallowed the last bit of sunlight and then headed back towards the car. I thought that would be the end of the photography but as quickly as the snow started it moved away leaving clear conditions for the rest of the afternoon. These were the last shots of the day looking across Stoke Flats towards White Edge and Higger Tor in the distance.

These are some of the shots I took of the incoming snow shower. There wasn't a great deal of time to set the exposure properly. I had to hold the camera downwards, raise and shoot quickly. Quite a few of the images were unusable due to snow being blown onto the front of the lens but I did manage one or two clear shots. The results were underexposed in places but I think the dark foreground and subdued highlights are more representative of the actual conditions than any of the versions I tried to correct in Lightroom:

Once the snow shower had passed I resumed my walk along Curbar Edge to Froggatt Edge and then back to the car park at Curbar Gap: