The title of this piece is not what it seems. Yes, it is personal, but it’s just my passion that I thought I would share.
Landscape photography is not generally on my mind during the summer months. There are a number of reasons for this:
Dawn is just far too early. I need some beauty sleep too!
The light is usually not as good at this time of year.
There is much less atmosphere in the images.
However, there are times when you can make exceptions and last weekend was one of those times. The recent weather we have been having can be put down to a shift in the jet stream, a fast flowing high level wind situated over the North Atlantic. This is what controls the sort of weather we get and currently it lies to the south of the UK, introducing air-flows from the west which are cooler and wetter than we normally encounter at this time of year.
However, we still occasionally get a ridge of high pressure bringing more stable conditions. This is what has occurred this weekend and there was some promise that dawn would bring forth some mist, especially in areas where there is a water source.
So we decided to get up early and make our way down to Papercourt Meadow – a local nature reserve that the River Wey passes through. An added bonus is that a pair of Barn Owls are know to reside in the area. Cathy, my partner, would be very happy if they made an appearance. Sadly they did not on this occasion, but I was a very happy bunny indeed because the morning was spectacular – a reasonable level of cloud cover to make the sky interesting and plenty of mist for atmosphere.
The first couple of images were disappointing, but when the sun rose a little more things became a little more exciting, as the sun’s golden rays lit the mist producing some fine crepuscular rays through the trees. It proved to be really magical light and I am very pleased with the resulting images.
And we were also back home drinking coffee before 8am.
All in all a very satisfying morning of photography.
Of course, if you wanted to experience this yourself and find out how to capture that perfect image, you could consider booking some 121 tuition. It might not cost as much as you think.
© Andrew Boschier Photography 2017