I suppose this Blog should come with a health warning...'If you do not like trees please look away now'. Of course I hope you will not but it is only fair to warn you as I know trees send some people in to a daze of bewilderment as was once the case with Elaine although she is now starting to discern the wood from the trees.
A conscious effort on my part to shoot Autumn colour locally has seen me visit Epping Forest three times, Thorndon Woods, Hatfield Forest, Danbury Country Park, Belfairs Woods and Blakes Wood in the last few weeks. Weather conditions have varied from brilliant sunshine to mist as well as flat light and cloud. Middle of the day, before sunrise and at the end of the day. Different times of an autumn day present so many great opportunities to shoot. Not to be missed. Each a unique challenge to create something different.
When I say trees what I really mean is trees and the environment in which they thrive, the undergrowth, the natural disorder of fallen trees and tangled bracken. The colour , shape and form combine so well and create so many natural compositions. On a couple of trips I dispensed with my tripod and filters and just shot handheld using wide apertures, a complete and self-imposed change for me. It took some getting used to but it helped me look at what I saw in a different way. Will I shoot this way again? Yes. Will it become the norm for me? Probably not, although as age creeps up on me the opportunity to travel light will become more appealing but from a purely photographic standpoint me and my tripod will be rarely parted.
As a slight aside one of my images from earlier in the year, below, was shortlisted for this years Outdoor Photographer of the Year but unfortunately did not make the final.
Unless something unexpected happens photographically this will be my final blog of the year so it is opportune to thank all of those who have supported me in my endeavours by way of purchase, compliment or just encouragement. All are most graciously received, thank you very much. I am not hanging up my boots just yet (if ever) and hope to be doing some events next year, details will appear in due course. Please do remember that you can contact me if youwant to purchase a print and private viewings can be arranged.
I have so many worthy images from the last few weeks I am spoilt for choice, a good selection can be viewed on my home page but below I have included some of my favourites. I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I did taking them.