May Day in Devon was a busy one for Nanna’s birthday celebrations, so not much time to take photos of the scenery. I did manage to take some after dinner in her beautiful garden, however. I found this little spot with a secret path – the perfect place to practice lead-in lines. Here’s what I captured.
The garden was another opportunity to capture the Spring flowers in bloom. I love the vibrancy of the flower below against the deep green leaves.
My next trip to Devon, I will definitely making more time to explore this garden and the acres of land around it.
During Easter break, my other half took me to Nostell Priory, a beautiful piece of Yorkshire heritage. This was a great place for me to practice because you couldn’t use flash inside the house and the lighting was low to protect the furnishings from further colour fading. Here are some of my favourites.
While it’s not perfect because of the slight blur as you look towards the background, I love it for the angle I took it at. I probably looked strange to other visitors getting low to floor, but it was fun trying to get the shot.
I would have liked the exposure to be brighter, but like I said it was difficult in the dark rooms. What I do like is the clarity of the words and pictures on the page against the slightly blurred background. I had the widest aperture setting I could get on my Nikon D3000 (I’m behind with the times – kit’s expensive!) and got as close as I could. I really like where they’ve left the glasses and it magnifies the writing on the page too.
When we’d finished looking around the house, we had a walk through the beautiful gardens with an array of Spring flowers in bloom. Now we were outside, I had to continue to adapt the setting for the bright sunshine we had that day.
The vibrant pink littered this garden at the back of house; they are beautiful flowers (I forget the name of them). I know I would love some in my own garden next Spring. I wanted to work on macro shots in the garden. Easier said than done with basic a kit lens. I will invest in different lenses later – I know I need to get technique right first. I’m pleased with the way this came out though.
Not got the same background blur as the first one, but I think the bright orange against the green backdrop helps. Absolutely adore this flower (again, I have no clue what it is called, so if any of you know comment below; it would be much appreciated). The colour is stunning!
This won’t be my only visit while the flowers are in bloom. I will definitely be heading back some time in the near future to work on a few things. If anyone else is looking for a day out to appreciate some great Yorkshire heritage, a beautiful National Trust property and capture its beauty, this is the place to visit.
I submitted my first homework for the Camera School and received my feedback yesterday. I wasn’t expecting anything but constructive criticism. I got just that and a bronze certificate on its way to me soon. Here’s the screenshot of my feedback for now.
Getting out and about this weekend and next to work on this feedback and begin the mech homework which is portrait. I’m really excited to get to it. A huge thanks to Camera School!
To get started, I’ll be taking on small projects to practice new skills. Still unsure whether to take these on weekly or monthly just yet. These projects will come from photography magazines, websites, inspiration like the exhibition, or they can come from you. If you are a photographer (any level) or simply love to see moments captured beautifully, any ideas to get me started and learn new skills will be much appreciated. Last week, I went to my wedding venue to have a go with my first camera. Photos and my reflections will be up this week.