These drone shots are leading me back again and again to the same spot above the common exploring how changing weather changes the view.
Here we go with the cold!
You can spot the military fitness runners in the next two:
This last one processed to bring out the cold!
I’ll admit to being particularly proud of my last two sets of drone shots on gorgeous dawn mornings, but most days this week have been miserably cloudy. So I wanted to attempt to get some pictures of some of the grandeur of the gloom over town:
Sometimes a funny old lens and a bit of photoshop make my pictures end up looking like a bit of a fantasy hobbit town, but beneath it all, I can just about recognise the common:
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.
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:
I didn’t go out today intending to take pictures of the trees on the common.
Instead my plan was to practice doing a really long exposure on the rocks.
I did- here it is- 5 minutes exposure in one shot, but not really worth the effort. For once, there was not nearly enough wind or grey to make anything interesting of the clouds and it looks unreal, but not in a good way!
So, a bit dejected, I started to head off home and then almost accidentally started taking pictures of trees.
I love trying to photograph trees, but rarely get something that I am happy with, but today, maybe because I wasn’t really trying, something clicked. I’m genuinely surprised by these.