I'm rubbish at coming up with titles, I sit there for ages trying to think of something inspired before deciding it's not worth forcing and that I'll think of something better later... suggestions welcomed!
This is a location I've had in mind for a night shoot for a while as I've always thought this bare(ish) tree would make for a nice focal point against the stars. I wasn't really feeling sleep come the small hours and decided while I was up and the stars were out, a mini-adventure was as good a plan as any. Once I had my kit and a few provisions packed up I stepped outside a bit bummed to find the sky had clouded over, but decided to try my luck anyway. Fortunately within half an hour of arriving at the location the skies cleared enough for a glimpse of the stars and I was treated to a fun hour or so's shooting before it clouded over again.
First things first the image is straight, take a minute to look at the tree and you'll realise it's on a hillside looking up
I shot this image just as it had started to rain, proof to myself once again that the most dramatic light usually goes hand in hand with a bit of rain. Not moments later the skies really opened and within a few minutes I was soaked from head to toe.
The whole shoot was ridiculously rushed by my usual standards - at the end of dinner I looked behind me and noticed a faint rainbow which was weird for a sunny summer day but not altogether surprising with the humidity. Before I'd even finished my last mouthful I was running to the car and motoring to a local spot I'd scouted a few weeks previously, hoping to capture some nice light over the ripe wheat fields. Arriving just in time to fire off a couple of rushed compositions of the end of the rainbow, I ran around like a headless chicken in a candy store notching up as many angles as was feasible, knowing such light never lasts for very long. Totally the opposite to my normal shooting style. All in all it was a fun if brief shoot... rainbows, sunset, storm clouds, cut knees, bug bites, torrential rain and a big smile on my face. For me what it's all about
Not as much editing has been done to this as you might think by the way, basically just blending a darker exposure to maximise highlight detail in the sky... the colours and light really were intense!
Dramatic sunset light over a ripe field of wheat as a summer storm approaches in rural Warwickshire, England.
Probably the best light display I caught last year - one of those times you sense it can surely only be moments before it starts to royally piss it down! Makes me wonder if it's wise to be running around on a hilltop with a big metal tripod, but the adrenaline and rush to capture the light always overrides any urge to think rationally (thankfully!). Fun times... and the soaking was pretty refreshing too
A little bit out of season but I've only just gotten around to editing this one! Taken the same shoot as:
I mentioned at the end of the comments on the previous image there was one more to come without the fence... many months later it's nice to finally be able to keep my word
I'd love some feedback as to which you prefer out of these two... of the people I've asked so far it's about a 50/50 split. I actually had this one earmarked for my stock portfolios but I'm considering putting it in my main one now (posting it here does not mean it's stock by the way!). It's simple and a bit cliché I know, but I still think it would make for a nice winter print. What do you reckon? C&C welcome as always.
Great Falls National Park, VA. This is a location along the Potomac I have been waiting to capture for many years. Finally got the right combination of water level, clouds and light to make it happen. Taken on Sunday morning at sunrise.
Took the new puppy for her first walk the other day while scouting compositions and getting a taste for how the autumn colours are coming along. Still predominantly green but plenty of yellow and red patches starting to appear, lots of shooting to come over the next few weeks
Manual blend of 2 exposures. Happily no puppies were harmed in the making of this image.