Wildflowers

Probably one of the best things about Summer (apart from the warmth!) is the wildflower meadows that pop up here and there. They seem to be very few and far between these days, but I always manage to stumble upon at least one by accident.

Shooting with a lens with a wide aperture (in this case f/2.8) means you can get that lovely, shallow depth of field that these kind of scenes demand. In this case, it was the poppies that drew my eye and that I wanted to focus on, but the de-focused buttercups in the background are just as important I think.

Roll on this Summer for more of this kind of shot!

by Tim Daniels - lapseoftheshutter.com

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Textured Road

Another textured shot that comtinues the book cover challenge. There are several different textures here (about 5), with plenty of layer masking and opacity changes for each texture to create this final image. In particular, the road needed a fair bit of masking so it didn’t disappear into the textures.

Although this image seems like it is quite far from reality, it really isn’t. Of course the sky wasn’t this yellow, but it was full of low fog with the rising sun behind. The fog diffused the sunlight, and also obscured the form and shape of the trees in the distance. Really, the textures have just enhanced what was already there. I think that should always be the aim of texture work, and I am quite pleased with the result in this case!

by Tim Daniels - lapseoftheshutter.com

A Tree’s Sunset

The setting sun passes behind a lone tree. This shot would only be possible for a few days in every year, since the sunset position and the amount of crop growth in the field change so rapidly. It was simply luck that I found this spot at the right time. Unfortunately, I wasn’t shooting with a particularly good camera at the time, so you can really see the noise when you make it large. I have been meaning to try to recreate this with my Canon 5D for a couple of years but so far haven’t got round to it! Maybe next year…

by Tim Daniels - lapseoftheshutter.com

Frosty Field

by Tim Daniels - lapseoftheshutter.com

A cold, wintry morning walk, just after dawn, led to this photograph. I love that delicate light you can get in the Winter that doesn’t turn up at any other time of year. It gives that pink tinge to clouds that always photographs well.

This morning, there was also a frost on the ground, which provided a kind of sharpness to the soil. Hopefully, all taken together, this typifies the Winter scene.

Fox Hill

Sunset over a meandering path

by Tim Daniels - lapseoftheshutter.com

On the day I shot this, I had intended to only have a short-ish walk of about 3 hours. This was taken about 6 hours in! With hindsight, it might have been better to wait the extra half an hour for the sun to reach the horizon, but I had already taken several hundred pictures by this point and had, by several hours, run out of the snacks and water I took with me. Being thirsty, hungry and tired really does encourage you to get home a lot quicker and not stop to wait for the conditions to be perfect for a photograph! This was the first photo I have processed out of this trip, but as I get around to doing others I have selected, you should be able to see the rest of my seven hour journey.

Deer Park

by Tim Daniels - lapseoftheshutter.com

A female fallow deer moves through a field of long grass. The deer in this park, whilst still being wild were used to people, allowing me to get close enough to only use a 100mm lens. Most wildlife photography seems to be taken with massively long lenses (300 mm minimum), so it felt good to get a decent shot without having to resort to that. Of course, this was largely dependent on the deer being semi-tame, so maybe it wasn’t that clever! I post-processed this shot with Nik Color Efex Pro. It helped that I was able to visualise exactly what image I wanted from this software when I took the picture, which made it actually quite a straightforward and easy shot to process.

Snow Tree

by Tim Daniels - lapseoftheshutter.com

A lone tree sits in a snow covered field at sunset. The way the evening light reflects off the individual branches really makes this photograph for me. It was a cold wait to get this photo. It’s strange that you always seem to forget about the cold in your fingers and toes as soon as a beautiful scene unfolds in front of you though!

Snowy

Sunset behind a field of snow

by Tim Daniels - lapseoftheshutter.com

Just after the sun has set. I wanted the branches of this tree to fill the top of the frame, as though they were so full of energy from the beautiful sunset that they wanted to escape.

Taking this picture involved quite a trek through a snowy field, sinking up to knee deep in snow. I was actually intending to take another, wider photo involving this tree in the landscape, but when I got into position I found it wasn’t quite what I had hoped. Luckily, moving in closer secured a decent shot.

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