I took a jaunt to Flatford today, to see Justin Minns’ beautiful landscape photography exhibition. Inspired by his wonderful images of the River Stour and the area around Flatford I decided to take a walk along the river bank. To give myself a bit of a challenge I went armed with just two lens, at opposite extremes. I started off with my 40-150mm lens (80-300mm in old money) and found some bird life to photograph. One of the local robins was foraging in the garden, near the tea rooms, and was only too happy to pose for the odd photo. I noticed it had a deformed beak, but that didn’t seem to hinder it in finding plenty of food.
Half a mile along the riverbank, I found some young swans having a thorough preen in the water. There was lots of splashing going on and I was lucky enough to catch on of them mid-stretch in the sunshine.
After an hour or so I turned around and headed back towards the Mill and the tea rooms. At this point I swapped to my other lens, a 7-14mm wide angle (an equivalent of 14-28mm), with the aim of focusing on some of the ancient hornbeam trees I’d passed on my way out. To make the most of this lens I chose the most gnarly specimens and got in really close. Even with low winter sunshine, the light was still quite contrasty so I plumped for a monochrome look to make the most of the textures.
12 December 2018