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Rain rain rain! We seem to be getting a lot of it at the moment but I'm quite fond of woodland photography in the rain, particularly in spring and autumn. There's many challenges to woodland photography as most images don't jump out - it can often take a keen eye to spot and make sense of scenes that are incredibly easy to walk past. I dread to think how many times I've walked past scenes to then uncover their photographic potential at a later date. I guess how we see, what we're able to see and our interpretation of nature is constantly shifting. Anyway, I'm waffling, so please go and watch the my latest video instead (live shortly). Hope you enjoy it :)
New Video! I've never hidden the fact that the therapeutic benefits of woodland are fundamental to my photography. Amongst other things, I dive a little deeper in my latest video and discuss how wellbeing in woodland and connection with nature take priority and in turn positively informs and influences where I shoot, what I shoot and how I shoot it. Please check out the latest episode on my YouTube channel and also share your own #MyForestMoment Oh, there's a nice drone montage too ;) Here's a quick shot of a workshop client enjoying the fantastic colours of woodland in the rain.
'Forest Bathing'. It's been just over 2 years since I've seen such great light in this particular woodland, so it's always a delight and privilege to witness. This gnarly pine is a familiar friend, having been a feature of a couple of other images but never from this angle. She's a ripe old age and her limbs are starting to sag, but I'm sure her aching bones enjoyed the morning sun. She always looks resplendent to me.
This is a recce shot (I take a lot of these) from a new location I recently discovered. I don't typically share recce shots because they're simply an idea which I may return to under better conditions. One of my main issues with these concept images is that it's tempting to squeeze life from them with extra processing, but personally I'd rather just be there to enjoy the experience under better conditions and let mother nature do the processing for me. That's always been the benefit of seeking out little hidden gems that are easy to reach - time is less of an issue. Having said that, I'd love to capture some more images here while the green canopy is intact but time is running out for this year. Perhaps this image conjures up thoughts of an enchanted forest nearby but this area of squirmy oaks is tiny, unlike anything else I've seen in this area and utterly fascinating. I can't tell you how eager I am to return!
I've been thinking a lot recently about different weather conditions and the role they play in my work. It got me thinking about this magical morning of hoar frost - the only hoar frost I've ever witnessed as a photographer! Not only is it an experience I'd love to repeat, but photographically I think I'd be better prepared for it these days. Do you see hoar frosts more frequently where you live? Maybe this next winter will be the year!
No trees! It's a bit of a misconception that I only photograph woodland, although that's where my heart, therapy and personal ambitions lie. I love the experience and drama of big views. I also like to photograph them, but I feel it's also important to recognise what speaks to me more and where I have more to say. Not forgetting that these big views aren't on my doorstep but the roots of my photography are. Having said that, if I didn't hurt my back then no doubt I'd often be craving drama, epic and adrenaline! Anyhoooo, this is Torridon and I can't wait to be back there next month for 2 weeks of workshops and hopefully a bit of personal time to enjoy, relax, work and perhaps vlog :-)
I hear that it's #NationalDogDay so it would be criminal to not post a picture of my best buddy and bundle of bouncing fluffy awesomeness. She gets her stitches out on Wednesday and I can tell she's eager to run, bounce and play in the woods again. True of heart and always there to make you smile. Thanks Meg - you're the best xx
A tiny gathering of silver birch overlooking some old oaks sitting in the murky valley. I'd love to see conditions like this in some of my favourite woodlands - I'm prepared and ready but I suspect it could be some time. It's not a problem though as there's lots to enjoy and photograph in the meantime. The heather season seems to be passing me by very quickly, so I must try and take advantage of the wonderful moorland colour this week. Right, back to my research on coffee machines (surely an important tool for outdoor lovers?) 😄
NEW VIDEO out on YouTube! Here's a foggy woodland scene which incorporates some of the same trees used in my previous upload. This was taken the day before when there was a bit more fog in the evening - hence the cooler and darker feel. I'm certainly pleased with this composition and chuffed to have some more work from this small but delightful little local spot. I've featured this photo and some others in my latest video where I talk about the reasons behind canceling my pre-order for the new Sony A7R IV (link in my bio). I'm not a gear fanatic, so don't expect a techy video - it's a balanced view in my usual style :) Hope you've had a good weekend!
Ahhh, what a lovely few days of photography. Friday was mainly about being out with a friend all day long in the sun and heat - not photographically productive but very enjoyable all the same. My weekend was destined for household chores but I managed to squeeze in 2 impromptu and short outings close to home. Only a couple of hours here and there were enough to be unexpectedly rewarding. I'm not sure why, but this feels very slightly different to my typical style - perhaps it's the tone. I usually find July to be a challenging month but damp conditions this weekend were most welcome - a small dose of fog was enough to soften the backdrop into a delicate spearmint. I've been wanting a keeper from this precise spot for a couple of years and this weekend I bagged 2! I've just this second printed this and so I look forward to scrutinising the result in the morning! It turned out to be a very long weekend as @seantuck stayed with us last night so it was great to hang out in my home town and chew the cud about all things photography and life in general :)
Blimey, I bet lots of you are burning up today! 33c here which I don't recall ever experiencing in my hometown. It's damn good for my back, so I'm really enjoying the heat - even though I'm in my office for the most part. Firstly, another huge thank you for your birthday messages! I don't really have much concept of days and time anymore, so 40 is just another number. I certainly feel better now than a few years ago, so that's a brucie bonus!. Anyway. I was spoilt rotten by the fantastic Adele but it looks like my plans of losing 1/2 stone have been scuppered in the short-term! She's got an exciting trip planned for us - more on that later! Anyhoooo, I felt like posting something a bit cooler. A simple shot from a snowy morning in Scotland with some fantastic contrasting oranges from the Scots Pine (captured during ones of my videos). I'm looking forward to being back in Scotland in February 2020 (see my website for workshop dates) - hopefully we'll get some snow! What's your favourite time of year for yourself? Does it differ from your fave time for photography?
I've just announced 6 new workshop dates for 2020. Winter in North Yorkshire has already sold out, but there's 4 Scotland trips to choose from. All 4 are in the Wester Ross region as my knowledge of the area creates an effective workshop and teaching environment. Not to mention it's a stunning and diverse landscape. This particular shot was taken just down the road from the luxury loch side accommodation. Please see www.baxter.photos for details (link in bio)
I'm currently doing some website updates and I was looking back at some older photos when this one caught my eye, which I quite like. It's always interesting to look back as I often have some pleasant surprises which make you wonder where the progression is in your photography (if any). I think the difference for me is that I'm more consciously aware of the very minor details and nuances - I can see things in this image which may benefit from the smallest of adjustments but it's also apparent that I still have the same visual impulses and an instinctive reaction to composition. Where does that instinct come from? It's born from introspection, emotion and connection. That reminds me - it's been far too long since I visited this location!
Now I love being in woodland but Meg takes it to a whole new level.
An image from a new location featured in my latest video which is now live on YouTube. I like this image as my first from this woodland, but I'm eager to return as I'm confident there's an abundance of rich pickings to be enjoyed here. In the video I talk a bit about seeing within the chaos of woodland photography - a subject that requires many hours of discussion but I hope you enjoy this 15 minute instalment! Oh, hope you enjoy Meg's antics in this episode ;-)
Moss moss moss and more moss. This place was fantastic and I very much look forward to returning (hopefully soon and under better conditions). In all honesty, this photo doesn't do the location justice but it's a good start and I'm going to put my neck on the line and promise that there is much better to come from me and this woodland. Look out for my new video (you won't want to miss Meg in this one ;-) )
The emerald rivers of Slovenia and the Triglav National Park. This is the first photo from my recent video where I discussed some images and thoughts on my time in Slovenia. I've enjoyed some local 1-2-1 workshops this week but now it's time to try somewhere new in the UK - Meg and I are heading to Wales tomorrow so fingers crossed for some new work from there. Have a great weekend!
A small scene from a beautiful location in the Triglav National Park, Slovenia. It was a great week in a beautiful country but did it have all the ingredients to run a workshop there? I talk about this and some photos in my latest video on YouTube. Hope you've had a great weekend!
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