Tree Reflection and Ice

We have not had any snow in these parts at all this winter yet so here’s an image from last winter that I have just processed. I’m still hoping for a cold snap but my trip to North West Scotland in a few weeks time will hopefully provide me with the opportunity for landscape images with snow, and maybe even a tree or two!

‘Tree Reflection and Ice’

‘Copse and Sunlight’ – Peak District

To think that I was not going to go to the Peak District last Saturday. I had planned to go on Friday evening and stay overnight in my camper but a few late nights last week and lack of time led me to the decision not to go. However, talking it over with my other half, she suggested I just get up early in the morning and go, ‘just go’ she said, I was persuaded.

I arrived just after 08:00 into the bottom of the Peaks as I approached from the south, from the A50 towards Ashbourne. The light was beautiful. Lovely morning sunlight with broken clouds. Light rays streamed across the landscape, ever changing and never repeating. I was on a mission, I was looking for trees. I had it in mind that I would find trees on hills and I already had a vision of the kind of image I wanted.

‘Copse and Sunlight’

I was not disappointed. There were many trees on hills and I had taken several potentially good images before I reached Ashbourne. This is one of them. The lovely light did not last long and by lunch time the wind had become quite strong and it clouded over completely with a little light rain. That was it, I did not make any more photographs and headed home mid afternoon, happy and excited to upload my images.

‘Winter Walk’ image after some work in Photoshop

A few months ago I entered the following image into one of my club’s (Amersham Photographic Society) monthly print competitions. The judge liked the image but said they found the out of focus bullrush sticking up between the trees distracting (hover your mouse over the image to see the original).

I agree with the judge’s comments (makes a change ;) and, now I think about it, I’m surprised I considered the image finished and entered it in the competition in the first place! However, I got some useful feedback and set about improving my Photoshop skills to make the necessary changes. I removed the offending bullrush and I also turned the figure round so they were walking to the right, and into the image. A few other minor changes and now I do think the image really is finished. I hope you agree that it is a better image after the changes.

Hover your mouse over the image to view the original ‘finished’ version.

‘Winter Walk’ – hover over the image to view the original ‘finished’ version.

Single tree, morning mist

I pulled back the curtains this morning to find a thick fog blanket draped over my back garden. I could not even see the houses opposite. It’s the first fog we have had since the summer and it brings with it, for me at least, a glimmer of hope and inspiration.

It has been summer you see. A lovely warm summer at that, which is great, it has been really lovely. With the trees in full leaf and the bright sunny weather I have not been inspired to photograph trees though.

I love fog, as do many photographers, so imagine my joy to see the thick fog this morning. It’s a good sign. A sign that cooler weather is coming which brings the potential for more fog and mist and the dropping of the leaves and the bare trees of winter, and frost and possibly snow and… I’m getting a little ahead of myself. Unfortunately I have a full time job sitting at a desk but I thought I might be able to take a few photos before I head into work. And I did.


‘Single tree, morning mist’