I headed out yesterday to the local hill – Bray Head. It’s a beautiful part of County Wicklow and perfect for an hour or two hike, escape the computer and the busy life. I bought the camera with some idea of shooting a landscape but on my way through the forest it was all the little details that capture my attention, The dappled light of the forest offers wonderful contrast – An Autumn leaf with a little soft evening sun can be shot against a dark forest background, the small beams of light that pass through the forest canopy creating beautiful bokeh highlights. There is no lack of texture in the environment either.
I shot for the whole walk on a 50mm lens and for most of it wide open ( F1.8 ) so the camera stuff was simple and the challenge was all about light, colour, composition & texture. In so many ways this was an environment that was all about the fundamentals of photography – Looking for a subject, one that is side lit but soft light and with a dark background ( That’s just what I wanted ) and simple composition. I think this is a perfect space to start to improve your photography, all of the elements are there and you have time to consider the options.
So if you have a local park or even your back garden there is no better time of year to get out and shoot. I’m very happy with the shots I got but even happier with how it challenged me to think about those fundamental elements of light, colour, texture and composition.