A Photographer’s Ramblings: A Canal Stroll
A lovely day, an attractive stretch of canal and a sharp eye, are good ingredients for a fruitful and satisfying stroll with your camera.
A still day and a nice sky makes for an attractive scene. The two trees reflect beautifully to become the main interest. I forgave myself on this occasion, for the central horizon, that I normally try to avoid with landscapes!
The seed heads of this canal-side grass made for an interesting shot against a blurred background (small f-stop number). Looks frosty but looks deceive as it was a warm day.
This study of a swan’s feather was pleasing to add to my collection. Sometimes the simplest shots are the nicest. Similarly to the grass, a dark non distracting background/surrounds gives contrast.
After the feather, the swan.
Hardly original, but swans are very photogenic creatures, but all the better when nicely back-lit with a bit of light on the water. All the difference between a bog-standard and more appealing shot.
The horizon was better placed here for me. Reflections on still water are a delight and the fence disappearing into the distance caught my eye.
A reflection of the sun on water is a safer bet than pointing your camera directly at it and it was the sky taking on a surreal stormy appearance that I liked here.
It was the colour contrast between the blue sky and water and the sun-drenched reeds that made this shot interesting for me. The passing walkers on the towpath give it life and scale.
I was very pleased with this lucky shot of a passing Little Egret. Not a common site this far north I believe. The image quality won’t stand for close scrutiny as it’s slightly pixelated result was the result of magnification, but that’s not a major problem unless you want to blow it up big.
Let’s end with my first butterfly of the year. Spring has arrived!…
Look out for more Photographer’s Ramblings coming soon!