Serene Lake

There was not much mist on the land so decided to head somewhere else, and went past Petersfield Lake on the way. There was potential here, with mist on the water or carry on further. 

There are moments when you could be at two or three places at once when the conditions are good, and some quick decision making is required before the sun rises above the horizon and be ready at this small window of opportunity. I took the plunge and stopped by the lake hoping it will pay off.

And I am pleased it did, as the lake looked amazing when the golden rays of early sunlight lit up the sky and mist. It was just down to me to compose the shot, have a fairly fast shutter speed to freeze the movement of boats and wildlife and just have the rising sun out of the frame to get a decent exposure.

Lake Serene

Lake Serene

New Forest Open Art Exhibition

I can be pleased to announce I have prints on display at the New Forest Open Art Exhibition. The work on display is from various talented artists mainly of paintings and photography all related to the New Forest National Park. 

Not only did I have work selected to be exhibited, I also came second placed overall in the competition!

The photo below  is of me on the left holding my second placed print titled Spring Forest. The painting on the right came first. My other print exhibited is titled Promised Land and also on my website Hampshire gallery. 

The exhibition has a great display of art all related to the New Forest National Park and is held at the New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst until 30 August 2014.

Photos below taken by Chris Balcombe.

 

Long into the summer

With the sun gently going down long into the summer evening, I took shots of some insignificant long grasses that illuminated a peachy, golden colour from the backlit low sunlight. To enhance the fluid movement of the long grasses, intentional camera movement blurred the moment. Pictures like these do not require one to travel far.

Summer Breeze

Summer Breeze

Psychedelic sunrise or soft light

Visited the Sussex Downs again on two mornings. With the first morning there was good cloudscape and with that a decent sunrise. I quickly set-up to expose and took the sunrise shot shown below just as I got there. At the time of shooting I was thinking ten minutes too late as the sun was already above the horizon and very bright but I took a shot anyway and the single exposure came out better than I expected. It may of been a better picture if the sun was a little lower but this was the earliest shot I took.

South Downs Sunrise

South Downs Sunrise

 

Then with the second visit, the atmosphere was much different. Mist settled in the lowlands and haze softened the light on the land. I much favor these quieter, atmospheric conditions. As stunning as a colourful and often frantic sunrise shot can be, the carnival like attention can over-shout a quieter style of landscape. Instead of a shield of psychedelic colour the viewer is invited in below to appreciate the delicate tones and thoughtful composition.  

 

Lark Ascending

Lark Ascending

ICM

Sometimes in photography you find a frame, and you think that could be a good shot but there's something just not quite right about it, something distracting or something extra required to compliment.

And with ICM (intentional camera movement) the half decent picture that is not quite there is given an extra life line with a slightly blurred, painterly effect and that little small distracting thing is blurred too and can no longer be scrutinized.

So here are some tamer ICM pictures below of woodland, which otherwise are ever so hard to capture conventionally with chaotic branches and strong contrasts to contend with. 

 

Woodland Walk

Woodland Walk

Wood for the trees

Wood for the trees

Spring in the New Forest

The New Forest on a spring morning can be hard to beat. There is plenty of new growth and warm sunshine, as well as birds singing the dawn chorus.

I came across this frame just after sunrise. I can never resist backlit photography, its my favourite direction of light. Though I knew my cameras dynamic range was no way advanced as the human kind and with potential problematic lens flare I took two exposures and blended to get an acceptable organic looking exposure.

Detail

Now we are in the thick of spring, visited a local wood after the rain, sure was spring fresh! Here are some alternative shots hopefully in an original sense. Beech tree buds, looking up with a large aperture to fade out the distant branches.

One way to improve your photography... always look from different heights and directions, not just eye level to get the best angle and find the winning shot.

 

Lattice slideshow

Sussex Downs

The South Downs in west Sussex was my mission for dawn. Fairly steep area, get's the blood circulating after a sleepy rise. Sun was forecast so 'must' try a get something with the early light. But as usual on the Downs the atmosphere was hazy, softening the early morning light and contrast. But the layers of haze did create an atmosphere in the distance and also provides the third dimension in photography...depth. Mist, fog or haze is a good substitute to add depth from the conventional foreground interest.

Sussex Downs

Sussex Downs

Another weather forecast source mentioned interesting cloudscapes that day. I didn't want to expect too much as clouds are so dynamic and fluid, always changing every second. But as I was retreating back mammatus clouds crossed my way above. With limited compositional options (gentle hill and sky) I just took the shot and like the result with the simple composition. Hopefully evokes mood...a primary target, the sum of all the ingredients that make up a good photograph.

Mammatus clouds

Mammatus clouds

New Photos

New landscape photographs aboard now taken from Hampshire. Also had a great trip to the New Forest recently. The weather and light conditions were fantastic. Most recent pictures below taken from the New Forest.

Just as the sun rose above the horizon, spreading warm uplifting natural light.

Just as the sun rose above the horizon, spreading warm uplifting natural light.

As well as golden light and frost, a thick fog swept in from no where and when it started to clear, a most beautiful sight to behold....very photogenic.

As well as golden light and frost, a thick fog swept in from no where and when it started to clear, a most beautiful sight to behold....very photogenic.

Welcome!

Welcome to my new website, have a browse round and I hope you enjoy my photography. Soon I will fill the pages with interesting content and more evocative photography.

 

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