I had the pleasure of helping my friend Erica learn how to use her new camera today, during a stroll around Holland Park. After a coffee and some set up time in a nearby coffee shop we wandered down to the park, discovering Holland Park Mews en-route. We spent some time exploring the Mews’ compositional possibilities, with the local post lady inadvertently acting as a focal point for some of our shots.
We finally made it into the park, where we found some lovely light in the wilder areas. Erica liked the drama of the light through the trees, so we practised using exposure compensation to take control of the camera’s exposure decisions.
In the Kyoto Garden we spent some time trying to photograph the peacocks, although I didn’t have a long enough lens with me to do them justice. It was here I noticed a couple having a lovely moment by the waterfall, in a world of their own.
Finally we reached the park’s formal gardens, which were a riot of colour. As we tried to capture the symmetry of the garden a young boy wandered between the flowerbeds and spent a moment contemplating the flowers. Usually I get irritated by people in red t-shirts who photobomb my pictures, but I couldn’t help but smile at this young chap!
17 July 2019