My first outing with the camera. I decided to visit my wedding venue. Walton Hall is beautiful with its lake and moat around the listed building, elegant swans and fantastic geese gliding along. The grounds are bursting with colour at the moment with a range of flowers and shrubbery. It was a very bright day, so I had to really play around with the settings to get the right balance. It makes me laugh now because I know where I was going wrong, but my first shot came out pure white! Here a few of my favourites.
This was on the way there, walking around the golf course. I like the colour of the hedging in the foreground and the way it leads us the trees in the background. I also like the way the hedging separates the larger tree. When taking this, I was thinking about ‘rule-of-thirds’, mentally sectioning parts of the image. I’m not sure if I’ve got this quite right yet. I still like the way everything is positioned here. The photo below, I wanted to try from a different position.
I like this one because it shows the path this time still keeping the larger tree a part of the image. If I have another opportunity, I will centralise the path; I just feel it would create a better divide if the photo showed some symmetry.
This one at the time, I didn’t like because of how dark the structure turned out, but after thinking about it – while not deliberate – I like how it becomes a silhouette against the blue sky. I’ll keep changing the settings to figure out how to get this effect deliberately in future.
I will end on this pesky creature. My zoom wouldn’t reach her from the path leading up the hall, so in my naivety, I got a little closer – maybe a little too close for her liking (although I didn’t think it would be too close at the time, until she starting hissing that is!) Note to self: leave a nesting goose alone, or invest in a better lens. I’ll work on the latter, because the birds around here are too beautiful not to capture.