Getting to grips with photography

by Helen Hooker July. 17, 2019 337 views
A row of London plane trees beside some typically grand Holland Park architecture

A row of London plane trees beside some typically grand Holland Park architecture

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.

The entrance to Holland Park Mews. I can't help feeling I've seen this view in a Hollywood film!

The entrance to Holland Park Mews. I can't help feeling I've seen this view in a Hollywood film!

I used this shot to show Erica the difference a low viewpoint can make

I used this shot to show Erica the difference a low viewpoint can make

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.

Lush greens and soft, dappled light

Lush greens and soft, dappled light

Sometimes you have ti wait for a person to walk by to create a focal point for the picture

Sometimes you have ti wait for a person to walk by to create a focal point for the picture

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

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Tawnya Boe 1 month ago

I really enjoyed this set. Beautiful and heartwarming captures. heart eyes

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Kay Hooker 1 month ago

I really hope Erica enjoyed your time together and learnt lots.  I love #1 and #10.  Great Helen.

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Elizabeth Happer 1 month ago

Beautiful. Nick lead a walk there and it was lovely. we too photographed that mews

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Riyaz 1 month, 1 week ago

Beautiful set again !

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