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.
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:
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?
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.
My mantra on this blog has been “always take my camera with me everywhere I go,” but in my eagerness to pick it up when going out, I don’t always pay attention to what is on the front of it.
So, a couple of weeks ago, I set out to go walking on the common with a close up portrait lens (a 1980s Zeiss Planar 85mm f1.4 for the gear-heads amongst you.)
I actually like the challenge of seeing the world through an unfamiliar view, but after struggling for a bit taking in the wide views of the trees…
…I changed tack and headed down to the pantiles where I enjoyed the blurred backgrounds this lens gives me.
Then a quick stroll past the shops at the bottom of town:
And then best of all for a coffee:
Returning to work after the Christmas holidays can be a challenge, but with a drive like this last week…
Once again, the colours in these have actually been toned down a bit from camera!
Just pictures this time- missed focus on the middle one, but thought it was just about good enough to keep.