Back to the Woods (Part 1)
After immersing myself in some of the busiest and most popular tourist areas in London, a return to Shorne Woods Country Park marked a welcome change of pace. As I have mentioned before, the park has a number of clearly marked trails of varying lengths and difficulties, some keeping you fairly close to the car park and visitors’ centre, others allowing you to explore the 292 acres a little more, taking in woodlands, wetlands and meadows. Generally, unless time is limited, I choose one of the longer paths, enjoying the solitude, the exercise and the scenery.
When I go somewhere reasonably familiar, I like to challenge myself to capture the scene in a different way. Sometimes that means a focus on the details, or photographing from a particular height or a variety of angles. On this occasion, though, keen to keep developing my skills with my ultra-wide angle lens, I chose to work mostly with a 10mm focal length. It’s no secret that I love the dynamism of these images… but also that I sometimes struggle to use the lens well. It is all too easy to end up with an uninspiring foreground and a primary subject that, well, isn’t primary. To counter that, I have learnt to get closer, which of course is so much easier with trees and flowers than it is with people!
I will share the results with you over the next couple of blog posts. Clicking on any of the images will open the gallery so you can take a closer look.