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A Walk In The Woods

It was more about the walk than the photography, to be honest. A thoroughly enjoyable way to spend a breezy and bright Sunday afternoon.But I still took my camera along in order to prove that even in the most ordinary of environments interesting compositions and lighting can be found, from the canopy above and right down to the ground.Our host, Epping Forest, allowed the overhead sun to provide shadows, backlighting and pockets of lit trees and leaves. The tree trunks themselves provide directional lines, guiding the eye into their upper echelons and creating a sense of height and scale. Their branches, when not taking on fantastical shapes, create frame edges and pervade the canopy with a dendritic, arterial scaffolding.Individual details are just as representative as grand scale, with bluebells, dandelions and ladybirds all gracefully posing for portraits. With the primes lenses I was using (35mm and 50mm) getting close enough meant some elaborate contortions but shooting wide open helped to blur the backgrounds and isolate the subject. I decided on this occasion to commit infidelity to my usual mirrorless system and shot everything with a DSLR, and without a touchscreen to help preclude crouching for low angles. Still, it's good to be kept on one's toes every now and then and remind oneself that ultimately the most important gear you can use is the trifecta of your brain, eyes and legs.

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It was more about the walk than the photography, to be honest. A thoroughly enjoyable way to spend a breezy and bright Sunday afternoon.
But I still took my camera along in order to prove that even in the most ordinary of environments interesting compositions and lighting can be found, from the canopy above and right down to the ground.

Our host, Epping Forest, allowed the overhead sun to provide shadows, backlighting and pockets of lit trees and leaves. The tree trunks themselves provide directional lines, guiding the eye into their upper echelons and creating a sense of height and scale. Their branches, when not taking on fantastical shapes, create frame edges and pervade the canopy with a dendritic, arterial scaffolding.

Individual details are just as representative as grand scale, with bluebells, dandelions and ladybirds all gracefully posing for portraits. With the primes lenses I was using (35mm and 50mm) getting close enough meant some elaborate contortions but shooting wide open helped to blur the backgrounds and isolate the subject. 

I decided on this occasion to commit infidelity to my usual mirrorless system and shot everything with a DSLR, and without a touchscreen to help preclude crouching for low angles. Still, it's good to be kept on one's toes every now and then and remind oneself that ultimately the most important gear you can use is the trifecta of your brain, eyes and legs.
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WebsterswayMay 8, 2017 03:46 PM

Pretty amazing work, very inspirational!!! Perhaps, one day, I'll come close to this...

Alpha Whiskey PhotographyMay 9, 2017 04:20 AM

Many thanks! :)

SteveMay 9, 2017 03:58 PM

You have a good eye for composition! I am inspired by your photographs and feel the urge to emulate your style. I mostly shoot people but need to branch out into the great outdoors. Well done...and thanks.

LindaMay 9, 2017 04:47 PM

Very beautiful and inspirational! I, too, love to walk in the woods and photograph both large and tiny objects and interesting patterns as well. Thank you!

John E WilsonMay 9, 2017 06:51 PM

Thank you I sent to my daughter to show my granddaughters 1st 2nd grade so when they take their hikes at camp in Adirondacks in ny state this can be their guide for their cameras. Very gracious of you to share these photos.

Alpha Whiskey PhotographyMay 10, 2017 01:43 AM

Thank you all! :)

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