A Walk in the Woods

While I like to walk in the woods during Summer I don’t particularly like taking pictures. Woodland photography is difficult for me at the best of times: it’s too busy and difficult to isolate subjects without a mess all around them. Also during Summer the foliage is unrelievedly green and lacking in variety. Add to that I’m lazy and find it difficult to get up early in the morning when the light is probably at its best. Rather I manage to get out around noon when it’s arguably at its worst.

On the particular day, however I managed to get up early (actually before sun rise) and get into the woods.

I really does make a huge difference.

Taken with a Sony A7IV and Rokinon AF 24-70 f2.8 FE

Still another deer

Seen in a nearby woodland. There’s something I like about this picture. Maybe it’s the way that the deer in the middle ground is sandwiched between the bright vegetation in the foreground and the darker woodland in the background? Maybe it’s the way the deer is looking straight at me? It looks as if it’s seconds away from bolting. That wasn’t actually the case. The deer in our neighborhood are generally quite tame and will stand around for some time watching you unless you get too close to them.

Taken with a Sony A6000 and 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 OSS.

My first zine

During COVID it was not possible to travel as much as I had been doing. I therefore confined myself to walks in the immediate vicinity of my house and started a series of photographs, which with my usual lack of inspiration I decided to call “Around the Neighborhood”. I defined this as meaning anywhere that I could walk back and forth to from my house.

I intended to make a photo book out of these these photographs, but it quickly became apparent that I risked having too many pictures for a single photo book. Also there was a danger that the task of selecting appropriate pictures, processing, editing, sequencing etc. would become so overwhelming that I would become paralyzed and not produce anything at all.

For a while I had wanted to try producing a Zine and this seemed like a good time to finally get around to it. I therefore decided that instead of a single photo book I would try instead to create a series of Zines. This is the first in this series.

The subject is a single tree in a nearby woodland. I’d already taken a number of pictures of it but on this occasion I decided on the spur of the moment to attempt an exercise that I’d recently read about. This exercise consisted of taking thirty six photographs of a single subject all at once (See: A Photographic Exercise).

Quite easy at first, but after about twenty photographs increasingly more difficult. In fact at that point I almost gave up, but I stuck with it and in the end found it to be quite useful. I’m the kind of person who will walk up to a subject, take a few pictures and then move on. This exercise made me slow down and look more carefully. Indeed, towards the end I was noticing things, which I had already walked past a couple of times.