The long and the short of it

by Helen Hooker December. 12, 2018 490 views
Normally I wouldn't convert a robin to black and white. However, the others worked so well in monochrome I thought I'd make the whole set consistent

Normally I wouldn't convert a robin to black and white. However, the others worked so well in monochrome I thought I'd make the whole set consistent

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

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Chossid 11 months, 1 week ago

Wonderful post!

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Helen Hooker Replied to Chossid 11 months ago

Thanks Leah!

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Antonio Gil 11 months, 1 week ago

You never fail my friend

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Helen Hooker Replied to Antonio Gil 11 months ago

Thanks for your confidence in my abilities Antonio!

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Tricia Ryder 11 months, 1 week ago

Monochrome really works .. the gnarled tree shot is great!

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Helen Hooker Replied to Tricia Ryder 11 months ago

Thanks Tricia - black and white seemed right for such a sunny day

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Tricia Ryder Replied to Helen Hooker 11 months ago

Good contrast ..

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Yoshi Saura 11 months, 1 week ago

I love the way #4 is framed , and how the branches spread through the frame. ❤️

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Helen Hooker Replied to Yoshi Saura 11 months ago

Thank you!

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Giancarlo Fosci 11 months, 1 week ago

Great!!!!!

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Helen Hooker Replied to Giancarlo Fosci 11 months ago

Thank you Giancarlo!

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Björn Roose 11 months, 1 week ago

Wow, #1, #2 and #3are really fabulous photos. Great work !

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Helen Hooker Replied to Björn Roose 11 months ago

Thank you so much!

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Berckmans Peter 11 months, 1 week ago

Wonderfull set

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Helen Hooker Replied to Berckmans Peter 11 months ago

Thank you very much!

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