elcome to another blog about capturing memories.
It's autumn (in case you hadn’t noticed!), well and truly, and what better time to capture some memories with that camera of yours. The trees are becoming bare, their skeletal arms reaching to the grey cast heavens, the ground scattered with their littered leaves; the deep reds, yellows and browns marking the year’s twilight period before winter arrives along with its wet and dreary days.
Hopefully, however, there will first be some of those fine crispy mornings when the land is grasped by a white frosty covering, and the air is thin and fine, the kind of time that makes you feel good to be alive despite the shortness of the daylight. These are perfect for capturing the world in a different way, the long lengthy shadows or the fine pastel blue skies lined with the vapour trails of those leaving and arriving our fair shores.
So, it’s time to venture out, don your woolly coat, crack out the furry hat, thick gloves and long dangling scarf and head through the front door whilst looking like an extra for Doctor Who. It’s not about the look, it’s about keeping warm, that and the mad rush to uncover your fingers to do some button bashing as the perfect shot arrives.
Be careful if you head out into the country. Never litter and don’t get lost whilst watching out for the mud (as it seems to be the season for the deep, clogging kind as my own exploits of late will vouch for!). A good walking book will put you on the straight and narrow and hopefully keep you away from the anger of irate farmers (especially those with shotguns!). Keep the dog on the lead (should you be lucky enough to possess a canine companion) and be mindful of the wildlife (especially the bulls if you’re wearing red or your canine companion happens to be a Red Setter – been there, got the badge and with it nearly a set of horns up the backside to boot!).
Go ahead, experiment. Try some landscape shots. Maybe attempt the trick of having a foreground object accentuate the background, a perfect example of how the mundane can transform your digital art. The more ordinary, the more likely it will be that the viewer’s eye will drift to the real source of your inspiration, that stunning but possibly empty landscape that otherwise lacks a point of feature. Check your lighting, don’t shoot into the sun unless you want silhouettes that can be a dramatic feature when used correctly. Also, watch out for your own shadow or other stretching shades of darkness that might reach out and steal the results of your hard thought out labour.
f you have a mobile device that supports it then check out the “Lightroom CC” App which is a free version of the expensive professional application that has such an abundance of features for changing aspects of your photographs. It’s so easy to use and the results can be staggering, but be careful of the small screen if you are using a phone and then wish to send your results to a larger monitor or TV (as I’ve done in the past).
Good luck and happy snapping!