Saturday, 28 November 2015

Foggy Trees in Black and White

We've had a few foggy days recently and on one of those days in October I took a walk from home to take some photos of trees.  I like photographing trees at any time but in the fog it makes it easy to lose the background and concentrate on the form of the trees.  Initially I processed the photos in colour but then decided to convert them to black and white to simplify the forms even further.

This first photograph is a small tree on the edge of a footpath which climbs fairly steeply up the hill opposite my house.  The tree is on the edge of the hillside and looks as though it has been ravaged by the winds over the years.  The branch at the front of the tree was coming out towards me and makes the photo look almost three dimensional.


At the top of the path there is another path which heads through some fields which are scattered with various trees and bushes.  Most of the trees are at the edges of the fields next to walls and fences.  As I approached the edge of this fields I thought that this group of trees made quite a nice composition.



I found the tree on the right of the last image particularly interesting with most of the branches without leaves and then just a few branches still filled with leaves.


In the middle of the next field was this large tree which had completely lost its leaves.  I just love to look at the structure of this tree because it is so complex and beautiful.


The fog was lifting a little and so it became possible to see more trees in the distance.  In this next photo the trees in the adjoining fields may be seen in the background.  There are two crows sitting up high in the branches of the tree on the left hand of the image.


I walked a while until I reached another field which I knew had several trees scattered around it. I have been to this location on many occasions to take photos at different times of the year and in different weather conditions.  I took several photos of different sets of trees from different angles but this was my favourite of the day from this location.  


On my way home a headed down the hill on a different path where there was a few small trees and bushes.  I quite like the way this small tree stands up straight on such a steep slope.


I took some more photos in the fog a few days later at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and I will put them into a post later.  I was remembering that this time last year I was in Iceland with my daughter and I decided to have a go at reprocessing a few of the photos for another post.  In the meantime here is a link to the blog I created while we were in Iceland if you are interested.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Sunshine before the storm below the Woodhead Pass

Such a long time since I last posted (it could be my confessional) but here at last some photo that I took last week.  I'm not going to make any excuses or promise to post more often in future because who knows what might happen.

Anyhow, the Woodhead Pass is where the old A road between Sheffield and Manchester crossed over the Pennines and it's just a few miles from my house.  Coincidentally I have returned to where I last made a promise to blog more often back in January 2014 with this post called A New Beginning - Strange World (most of which has never come about).  Even more of a coincidence is that this first photo was taken from almost the same place as the last photo in the previous blog from this location (I honestly hadn't noticed until I looked back at the old blog post).

In this first photo I didn't have the mist from before but the weather was definitely on the turn again.  It was very windy so I had left the tripod in the car because it just wouldn't have made any difference over hand holding the camera.  I was stood in a patch of sun but heavy looking clouds were all around and I was expecting rain at any moment.


In this second photo I went around the other side of the trees to get a shot with some nice blue sky in the background, just to prove that it was quite nice in that direction.  There are probably ten or a dozen trees at this location and I took a few other shots with the blue sky in the background but I think this was the best.  Looking back at the previous photos from this location I can see that the fallen tree in the foreground was standing last time.


The previous photos that I took of this next tree and it's partner (see below) in the morning mist were mainly taken from the other side.  These trees are a little bit important to me because I have sold a few prints from my previous visit and exhibited them at the Holmfirth Art Show and a photographic exhibition at nearby Hepworth village.


Here are both the trees which are set away from the rest of the trees in the valley bottom next to a small stream.  The sun was getting a little more patchy now so I had to wait around for the good light before taking the shots.  I'm not sure but I think this tree which is now in the foreground is leaning over a bit more that it was on my last visit.


I moved back up to the main clump of trees for this last shot and as you can see the clouds were getting darker and more threatening.  A couple of guys in a 4X4 turned up and parked their vehicle on the dirt road right in my shot shortly after I had taken this photo.  I tried moving around a bit more to take some more shots from different angles but the sunlight was disappearing fast and I feared that the shooting session would be cut short again but for very different reasons.


 My remaining shots didn't come out too well and then the rain started to fall so I decided to call it a morning.  I have a few recent sets of shots that I might share with you but I won't spoil your surprise about what they are or when they are likely to appear.  Could be soon, you never know.