So, as per my previous post, we spent the afternoon wandering about our local Country Park, which I love as it give you the option of going to the beach, or into the Woodlands, or right next door there is a farm. So there are plenty of opportunities for some great shots – and its generally a nice afternoon stroll!
So first up is a cool/weird bench overlooking the North Sea. I do like the composition of the shot, it’s just unfortunate that the angle needed to really include the sea in the shot was impossible due to the size of the flood plain and between the bench and the dunes and sea. That’s pretty much the only reason it didn’t get picked for shot of the day.
Second shot is a cool looking shot I’ve tried on a few occasions, but never got the exposure quite right. I think I managed it this time, so it was cool to get a lens flare finally. (So no, this wasn’t added later in Photoshop!) This shot was a close second today, but perhaps the composition just wasn’t exciting enough.
Next up is another shot of the flood plain, and what I think it’s the outlet of the River Tyne (according to Google Maps anyway.. I think I was looking at the right place!) Again, loved the colours in this one, but I think it’s just missing that foreground element, so its more of a view than a landscape (a mantra I’ve picked up over the last few weeks).
Fourth is another attempt at a beach shot with a foreground element. In this one the colours just aren’t quite right – I’m not sure if the blackness in the driftwood detracts from the overall image, but for some reason I preferred the shot I chose today.
Finally, another shot overlooking the flood plain, and with some foreground element. I just think the composition on this one is lacking a bit. The driftwood (or whatever it is) is probably too horizontal, I should have tried to give it more angle in the shot. In this shot it looks like it’s getting in the way really. Still, I really like the colours for this – so that’s why I’ve included it here.
I really enjoyed going out today and I’m starting to dial in my camera settings a lot quicker – for some of them I was even managing to get the shot first time. Hope that means I’m coming to terms with all the requirements now – just need to maybe improve my theory a bit more to be sure I capture those one-off shots quicker. Its easier for landscapes – they don’t tend to move too much – so the only thing rushing me is my wife as she freezes in the wind! But with those shots that need a quicker setup and take, I hope I’m getting better to be able to capture those better!
As always, a pleasure writing for you folks. Thanks for spending a tiny part of your day reading my rambles! Hope you are all enjoy it as much as I am writing it!