Friday 29th January 2016
There has been a lot of discussion on the internet and TV about the wierd winter weather we have been having. Apart from the huge amount of rainfall this month the main talking point has been how warm it has been and the impact this is having on nature and wildlife. On this score I had a real shock today. But more of that shortly.
As usual on a Friday morning I went to Wimborne to do my grocery shopping before returning home to walk Max. I was threatening to rain and was very windy (gusts up to 45mph forecast), so I was surprised when Jez decided she wanted to come too. Conseuqently I chose Broadstone Recreation Ground for our walk today.
The first sign of the mild winter at the Rec. didn’t surprise me. I have had a small azalea in bud in the garden which I have bought indoors so any frost doesn’t get it, but some of the bigger bushes at the Rec were in flower.
Now comes the real shocker (and I apologise in advance for the poor quality of the photo, but it was blowing rather) – I found an oak leaf out on one of the trees!
I know the oaks have had their buds for some time, but they are nowhere near opening yet, so I don’t know what was going on with this one.
Now you may have noticed I used flash for those photos. I don’t like using flash outdoors. I always think it looks far too unnatural, and I think those photos demonstrate what I mean. But I have been watching a course on flash photography and so am practicing adjusting the amount of flash to achieve a more realistic lighting effect. On those two photos I hadn’t reduced the flash power enough, plus there was very little ambient light. I tried again, though, with the dogs when we got back to the cricket pitch.
I still had it too high for this photo of Jez and Max.
And for this one of Max with his ball (which he insists on ripping part at every opportunity).
But I reduced the amount of flash again and this one of Jez is better.
Of course, that meant that by the time I came to take a photo of the two of them in the back of the car it was a bit too low, but the effect is far more natural.
Oh well, I’m learning, and that was just the small flash on the Powershot. I’ll progress to the on-camera flash on the old EOS 20D next.
A year ago today
We had sunshine and clouds on Upton Heath.