Today’s headline image is unusual for me as it takes in a broad sweep of woodland – not my normal approach to this environment. This image was taken yesterday on a visit to our local Nature Reserve – a five-minute drive from home. It includes a sizeable lake and therefore is home to a wide variety of water birds. Most photographers I see there are carrying expensive 400mm lenses. I was simply using a 16:85mm DX lens. The stream that I have mentioned, and shown images from previously, drains into this Nature Reserve.
I enjoyed the opportunity to view woodland through a different pair of eyes. It is a challenge to take an alternative view, and we all benefit from what we learn through that experience. My modus operandi in woodland has been usually to focus in on small details. Often in Spring and Autumn that focus is on a few backlit leaves. I call those images ‘Microscapes’ simply because they put a small portion of the landscape under the microscope, usually employing a long lens to create compression and a narrow depth of field.
And of course there were moments yesterday when I reverted back to my customary approach and found that little detail that was just a Microscape within the broader ‘scape.
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