A quick visit to one of my local haunts this morning, the lovely Gore Glen Woodland Park. I had taken some images I was pleased with earlier in the week but a bit of sunshine and a few hours to kill were all the encouragement needed to see if I could better those initial efforts. Conditions were great for a walk but tricky for photography. Bright blue skies were lovely to look at but the sun was low and wasn't penetrating into the Glen so the waterfall and surrounds were in shade.
I decided to try and take a few different shots and spent time getting my set up right to shoot some leaves swirling in a circle in the water. After a couple of test shots, takes time with 30 second exposures, I could see the leaves were just a bit away from the optimal position. Luckily there was a huge tree trunk which still had some buoyancy and a few judicious nudges with the welly saw the flow decreased and the leaves move to just where I wanted them.
I spent the next half hour tweaking compositions to try and avoid the glare from the sky in the pool and taking quicker exposures so I could blend those in later in post production to freeze the motion of the trees.
Very pleased with my efforts and the slow and deliberate shooting style paid off with one of my favourite Autumn images. Nice to see a fellow photographer who was enjoying the scene but I bet she wished that she had sacrificed style over utility and wore her wellies.
Having taken quite a few swirl shots earlier in the week I decided to move over to the right hand falls and get a shot of the view down river which was being beautifully illuminated by the early afternoon sun. Again I took two images, one at low iso to get some movement in the water and another to freeze the leaves in the trees which were swaying gently in the light breeze.
Another couple of shots I am pleased with.
My time had run out but as I was leaving I met another photographer who not only shared a love for Photography but also for my football team. Lovely speaking to you Jim (jimdevinephotography.com) and hope to see what you came away with in the days to come.