Beyond the fog there is clarity…

… yet one does not need clarity to see how beautiful Richmond Park is.

As the colours of the Autumn faded and the winter set in it was time to see a whole different kind of beauty in the park. My favourite time to explore the park, of course, is at dawn. The quiet, almost eerie feel of solitude that early in the morning is both inspiring and calming in equal measures.

The sun rays through the fog and the silhouettes of the trees are divine. I admit, the coffee and burger in the middle of the park are just as lovely after the freezing cold hr or so spent scouting for the best photo positions of the day.

Although my photographs aren’t always directly taken with my assignments in mind I do try to relate them to improving, practicing and learning new skills with every shoot. In this occasion for example, I was thinking about what we covered in the first term which was all about  ‘Les Based Image Making’ and ‘People and the Environment’

 

Because the pictures were taken during the sunrise I had to adjust the settings as the light changed. A little post-editing in Camera Raw helped bring out the colours and sharpness to the shots.

Richmond Park remains one of my favourite places to be, to photograph and to remember.

Thanks for reading,

Mrs T,  x

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For we all have our mists and abysses

But I know not of such a beautiful mist as the mist that descends in the Autumn at Richmond Park and this past Sunday was no exception. Whilst the sun decided to hide for most of the day, the mist stayed giving the park the perfect backdrop to the Halloween Running Race that was taking place that morning.

After scouting for intriguing landscape angles to shoot, I had a lucky break and spotted a young female kestrel I had been trying to photograph for months. It turns out that the mist and lack of wind meant the kestrel needed to stay closer to the ground to hunt, I was delighted to be able to watch her.

A local photographer and wildlife aficcionado told me this particular female kestrel is used to being photographed so we got close and took quite a few nice shots. It was just such shame the sky was so grey.

But kestrels wasn’t the only wildlife around last Sunday. There were plenty of squirrels burying their nuts for the winter, I love watching them!

This once,  the mist and abyss that this tumour brings into my life left me and I felt free. Funny it should happen on a misty morning.

Thanks for reading.

P, x

 

 

 

 

 

A first time for everything

This has been a very good week in my photography journey. It began with a glorious wildlife shoot in the golden light of a gorgeous Sunday morning. The official Facebook Page of ‘Friends of Richmond Park’ liked my photos so much they even published one of my shots. How cool is that??!!

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A Facebook-er saw my photo and asked to buy the pair of them. I was both delighted and proud in equal measures.

And when I thought a good week couldn’t get any better, I was asked to photograph a recent project for a local kitchen company.

It is fair to say The Darling and I are chuffed to bits!

🙂

Easy like Sunday Morning

For years now I have been getting up at the crack of dawn wherever I am around the world just to watch the sunrise. This morning I decided it was high time I watched the sunrise in my own backyard so I woke up really early and headed for Sawyers Hill, in Richmond Park.

I love Richmond Park all year round but even more so at this time of the year. The rutting season runs from September to November during which time the parks comes alive. Being there at dawn reminded me of Jurassic Park! The calling of the deers came from all directions and I was half expecting to see a T-Rex jump out of hiding 🙂

The Darling and I had plenty to enjoy. The golden light was glorious and the animals were very active near Pen Ponds, I guess one can’t beat the waterhole!

I even managed to photograph two deers locking horns! The larger male won the fight but lost an antler, I wanted to pick it up but there was NO WAY I was going to get in the middle of them!

I had to try a few different settings, different shutter speeds and different aperture. It was certainly challenging to adjust to moving subjects and light conditions.

Loved my Sunday Morning tho  🙂

Oh deer!

The Darling and I were both taken by surprise in Richmond Park yesterday. We when out hoping to shoot some deers and ended up shooting more than we bargained for.

Some called it ‘nature’ others said it was ‘mating’. Personally, I feel that, although not the kind of shot I went out, it was just a lucky shot. I had pressed the Shutter button just in time to capture nature doing what nature does!

This time I took my tripod and can see how much sharper the images are.

Unfortunately it was an overcast afternoon. Imagine how beautiful these would have been under the golden light of a late afternoon? I will just have to go back and give it another try.

Overall the images are fairly ordinary, apart from the mating shot of course, but I’m still pleased with it.

🙂