A cold winters day walk with my two sons, Paul and Ben, and Ben's girlfriend Lauren, at Moors Valley Country Park, made for a lovely day out. I was there first, and got caught in a sudden snow shower. My first thought when it happened was 'bang goes my day of phototgraphy'. Even though it was snowing, it wasn't settling. I had managed to get to cover at the main station in the country park, along with several other astounded families. After approx 15 mins, it stopped, and brightened up very nicely, with passing clouds, though it remained very cool, with a chilling wind, this in turn made it perfect in capturing images around the park.
We walked round the play trail to start with, talking and looking round at the scenery. As we did, I found myself seeing scenes that I hadn't noticed before, or perhaps it was that my eye was now improving as far as composing goes. This to me felt great, and filled me with more confidence as i walked round.
I took around 120 photos, some duplicates, but overall tried to get the 'shot' right the first time, with all the correct settings. To my amazement, when reviewing the images later, they seemed to have come out just as I had composed them. Some minimal prcessing gave me 22 images that I felt were good, and replicated my day out with my camera.
Reflecting on my walk with my sons, I found that it was very relaxing, as always, and as a result, my 'eye' was completelyrelaxed, thus allowing me to see nature without even trying. Depending on the upcoming course directives, I may well be able to use these photos, and get some CC to help me ever improve my style.
Who knows, maybe by the end of the year I can think about doing an exhibition.......but lets not run before I can walk....;-)