Sunday, 9 December 2018

Southwell Trail (October 2018)

For a number of reasons I didn't really go too far away from home during the second half of October. This restricted the photography to walks along the Southwell Trail and I will show the best of the photos over the next few posts.

This particular selection covers a section of the trail from the old station in Farnsfield to the Old Rufford Road. When the railway was operational there would have been a bridge over the road presumably taking trains to the collieries in Blidworth and Rainworth. Today, the trail ends with a sharp bank down to the road although I normally turnaround at this point and walk back.

I like this section for the slight incline away from the trail giving a good point of view for the trees that grow as part of hedging. It also has an open aspect which receives over the shoulder sunlight in the afternoons and evenings.

These were some of the results:

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Golden Birch (October 2018)

These are the final selection of photographs from a photography session in Clipstone Forest, Nottinghamshire. Originally, I had gone to search for autumn colours mainly from the red oaks but I spotted some golden birch leaves high in the trees. I took a number of shots both in portrait and landscape formats and instead of choosing which of the images I like the best, I decided to show them as a group or small panel:

Pond Reflections (October 2018)

Whilst in Clipstone Forest looking at the red oaks, see my previous post, I walked down to the pond near to Strawberry Hill Heath where I captured the early autumn colours reflected in the water.

Depending on the strength of the wind the results were either more or less abstract. In some of the shots I used the stumps of dead trees to anchor the compositions. In others I focussed on the surface of the water with a low depth of field to concentrate on the colours rather than the sharp details of the reflected trees:

The following shots provide some context to the more abstract compositions above but don't work so well as individual images. They do, however, demonstrate how better results can be gained from zooming right into the colours:

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Red Oaks - Clipstone Forest (October 2018)

A week or so earlier, I had gone searching for red oaks and some early autumn colour in Sherwood Forest. This time I visited a two areas in Clipstone Forest where I had previously seen red oaks and hoped that the colours the had developed further.

The red oak leaves tend to colour earlier than the native varieties and one of ways to distinguish between the two is the shape of the leaves. The native varieties, English and sessile oaks, have lobed shapes leaves whilst the red oaks are more pointed and angular.  

When I arrived at the location I found some vibrant autumn colours:

I then took some close-ups using the fine sunny conditions to backlight the leaves and emphasise the colours: