I was surprised to realize that I had yet to post an image of Spring. Life has been unusually busy recently and Spring didn’t just arrive – it exploded into life. It was a case of ‘blink and you missed it’.
But, I did get out with a camera, although not as often as I would have liked. I think we all have different approaches to the changing of the seasons. How do you define Spring in your photography? Is it the burst of colours – as flowers and blossom bloom? Is it the greening-up of the landscape? Or is it in the detail?
For me Spring (and Autumn) is defined in the detail – the single leaf, or a small bunch of leaves. I see beauty in their translucency, the colour variations and the vibrancy of those colours. All too soon the subtleness of the palette of greens and yellows is lost. The colours become homogenized and the greens lose their brightness and start to look tired.
The best images of Spring are always to be had by facing the light and shooting into the canopy. The world always looks different when you turn through 180 degrees, whether you are in a city or in the outdoors, but never quite as much as when you are in a wood or forest. Looking away from the sun, the colours are there but they are subdued. Look towards the sun and suddenly the world changes. For me it will always be a ‘wow’ moment. If only Spring lasted two months…
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