I’m late with my mid-week post. It’s been one of those days. We are dog-sitting my daughter’s 8 month old Entelbucher puppy this week and that means there are some alterations to daily events. Plus we are in the middle of a very cold few days and that seems to bring out the Hibernator in me. Also I had a Post in mind for today but I was struggling to get the writing done. And then the weather threw a spanner in the works – actually a nice spanner.
When I surveyed the landscape at 7am today I saw Hoar Frost – the result of a combination of frost and freezing fog. We had a winter wonderland outside. So late this morning I took the dog for his daily walk (about 3 miles) round the edges of the village. It’s a walk I often take. I took the Canon G10 with me. Ever tried taking pictures when struggling to control an inquisitive dog on a lead in one hand, and with the other shoot pictures? It’s not easy.
But I stopped in a stand of Poplars where small oak trees are growing and shot some images of the frosted leaves. The light was not that good, the sun was not shining and the leaves lacked sparkle. For the second of these I used a little bit of fill-in flash.
Compare those images with two other images (below) that I shot almost exactly 2 years ago in the same wood on another day of superb Hoar Frost when the sun was shining out of a clear blue sky. Click here to see the other images I posted from that same day.
What a difference light makes to images like these. The warm afternoon sun, and the translucency of the leaves combined beautifully two years ago. Those images are bright, loud almost, the ones I shot today subtle and subdued. It’s interesting to re-visit and reshoot almost, but not quite, the same branches with a new set of leaves. Life is never ever quite the same.