In the UK we are still in lockdown, though we are now heading towards July 4th. On that day we can do some things that we haven’t done for ages, such as stay overnight at someone’s house, or go to the pub. We still have to observe “social distancing”, though the rules are getting very confusing and blurred. What hasn’t changed is the need to get exercise, so lockdown walks are the order of the day. I call them “Photo Safaris”, as it makes them seem more exciting, and gives them another purpose.
On one of my walk routes there is an old water tanker that has lots of lovely paint on it. It’s worth a little stop to capture its loveliness. There are multiple layers of different colours, paint runs, cracked texture and rust. Using my 14-45mm lens I was able to frame just the bit I wanted.
On a recent walk round our local wind farm the sky had lots of lovely fluffy clouds in it. Some had dark bases and looked a little threatening, so I thought that a B&W/HDR treatment might work. I composed for just three of the five turbines, and edited the image in Snapseed on my phone. It’s looking rather “Independence Day”, which I think suits it.
A bit further down the path there were a couple of beautiful pyramidal orchids. I fitted my 60mm Olympus macro lens and got down nice and low to get the right viewpoint. Photographers should always be prepared to lie on the ground! The close focusing lens has allowed me to throw the background out of focus enough to make the flowers stand out.
I look forward to another lockdown Photo Safari soon.