When I started getting back into photography I would shoot hundreds of images every time I took my camera out. I had High Hopes that chance would allow me to get at least a couple of good shots! Although hit and miss and frowned upon by ‘real’ photographers, I maintain that it was a good way to learn. What better method to pick up a skill than to try again and again, learn from my own mistakes and discover what works for me and what doesn’t. Besides, I like firing my camera’s shutter.
I have eased up a lot on the number of frames I take now and I don’t any more come home with my CF card full of images. Well, almost never. The other morning I went out early, the light was just fantastic and I could not stop firing the shutter at one of my favourite subjects. So, here are a few more from this shoot that also produced the picture for my last post.
Although I took a lot of photos in the hour or so that I was out, I was much more careful about the composition and the positioning of the camera than I once would have been. Instead of one or two pleasing shots, I ended up with lots of images that would hold their own in my collection. I have been quite busy in Lightroom since, brutally deleting many similar looking images and just keeping those I like the best.
These first two shots are about simplicity and complexity. The single tree against the deep blue of the sky with a splash of pink from the approaching dawn contrast with the complex pattern of the boughs, branches and twigs.
I love this group of three trees and have dozens of photos of them taken at different times of the year and different lighting. Ideally I should shoot it from a step-ladder to show the trunk of the tree on the left that is hidden behind the hillock. (Next time!)
“The Morning Star”, not a star at all, but the planet Venus shining brightly in the south-east. This straggly tree seems as if it were reaching for it.
This was the same tree that was in both in my last post and in the next two images. Each was taken from a different positions and at slightly different times. Here the first few birds were flying inland from the coast.
I could see more of the birds in the distance. As the sun started to approach the horizon the sky’s colour changed. This next photo was a test shot taken just before the birds flew into the frame for the picture I used in my last post.
When I took this tree it was still dark, but the first light of dawn was appearing on the horizon. I had my camera on a tripod, set very low to the ground and I used a shutter release cable to prevent vibration. I like the derelict fence and the line of fir trees on the right which point towards the main subject.
This is the same tree, taken a little later when the horizon was brightening. It’s taken from a different angle and a composite of two images stitched together in Photoshop. The colours in the sky were gorgeous.