I posted some infrared shots from Dunorlan last week and now I am back again with the same, strange alien looking shots from the common yesterday.
An infrared camera for me works best with the pictures converted to black and white with strong contrast and the bizarre white of the infrared glow from anything living screaming loudly.
I am only just learning to do this properly after about ten years of trying- some of these I love- others are a bit too OTT, but that is what it is often like when I am in an experimental stage.
I’ll calm down soon.
Sometimes, if the weather is nice, I head out to Dunorlan determined to take the most beautiful conventional shots I can, but on a cloudy day like today, I am just as likely to go freaky with a comedy camera or, as today, two.
The black and white shots today are with an infrared camera- this sees the light which is invisible to us and misses what we see. It works even better in harsh sunlight, but I thought it worth a try.
The psychedelic colour pictures are with a lens that I have modded myself- turning around one of the bits of glass at the back of the lens to stop it from focusing properly and to bring out its inner Monet. Although probably without his taste!
I’m not sure yet whether these have worked- I’ll probably look at them in horror in a few months, but for now, here they are.
Photographing in woods is a bit of a nightmare- one of the things that makes them so attractive is the dappled light which is horribly difficult to capture because of the limited range of a camera- you either end up with the shots being too dark or the light being all burnt out.
I’ve done my best to strike a balance with these in some familiar favourite places on the common.
…And then out into the open to look at some flowers:
… then finally a flowerbed in town:
I Went out to Bedgebury at the weekend- travelled around far more widely than ever before looking for new shots. I took loads, but was only at all pleased with one of them:
A couple of weeks after looking for spring on the common, and the same locations have changed already. The bluebells are getting bedraggled and most of the dandelion seeds have flown off.
Is summer approaching?
Continuing my attempt to capture Spring in pictures, a few from Dunorlan:
I was asked a few weeks ago if I had any seasonal shots showing Tunbridge Wells in springtime.
Well not many, so eager to oblige I went out amongst the bluebells etc.
Unfortunately it is really hard to sense the Tunbridge Wellsness in any of these, but they were honestly mainly shot on the common with the last two down my street.