In Part 1 of our study into Lincolnshire Landscape Photography, we introduced you to some of what it takes to be successful.
- Hopefully we set the scene nicely
- We discussed the inception of the landscape photograph I wanted to make
- We talked about planning to make it all happen.
- Finally we discussed some of the gear that is really useful for landscape photography
In Part 2 I'm going to walk you through the session itself and pick up nicely from the scene setting in Part 1.
Capturing 'The Spinney'
Picking up from my last article, you will be aware that I had arrived at the location for the session nice and early in pre-dawn light. The sky was showing strong signs of there being a colourful sunrise and my hopes were high of getting the result I wanted.
On arrival it was also clear that luck was on my side as a huge puddle had formed in the field surrounding the spinney meaning I had a perfect opportunity to created a composition that would include a reflection of the trees and sky.
I deployed my tripod and initially set up with my 18-70mm lens and although the results were pleasing I wasn't convinced by the amount of lateral movement in the front section of the lens when I paired it with my circular polarising filter and step up ring.
Rotating the filter to change the polariser (which is quite stiff being brand new) caused a fair amount of wobble and I was concerned about damaging the lens.
I quickly changed over to my 10-20mm lens and screw the polariser to that instead.
Focal length was set to around 18-20mm to get the same composition as I was achieving using the 18-70.
Now all I had to do was wait for the light and enjoy being outdoors.
Gradually the cloud started to break up as the sun came above the horizon.
I had one eye on the eastern sky across the river and I danced between mounting the camera on the tripod to capture the Spinney and handholding the camera looking east to capture the Sun as it rose.
Remember in Part 1 where I was hoping to see some wildlife?
I seriously had a stroke of luck here - a male roe deer (or roebuck) walked straight over in my direction, presumably to take a drink from the puddle I'd been using in my composition.
Unfortunately my bag was about 30 metres away and I had no chance of getting back to change lenses without spooking the roebuck.
I quietly unmounted my camera from the tripod and crouched, staying perfectly still.
I watched the deer come gradually to within 75 metres of me for a good 10 minutes and captured this shot with my wide angle (extreme crop so excuse the image quality) before something behind us caused the roebuck to spook and run south west.
Here are a few more images that show the light changing as the sun got higher in the sky until I decided to leave for the day and head home for breakfast.
From reading both articles you should hopefully now have an understanding of what it takes to be a landscape photographer and although there is some luck involved in the output, it is possible to predict positive outcomes through careful planning.
- Think about the kind of image you would like to achieve before you go out with the camera.
- Use the weather forecast to identify favourable conditions for your desired image.
- Also consider the time of day to get optimum light in the direction you have chosen to light your subject.
- Wear climate appropriate clothing.
- Pack camera gear suitable for a number of different subjects/conditions - things can change fast so it's helpful if you can switch to a different subject if conditions aren't favourable.
Hopefully you will have enjoyed this look into a typical day out with my camera.
If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you so just drop me a note below :).
Thanks for learning with me today!
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