I’ve been off the boil with my photography of late. As a kind of excuse the weather has been really hot and sunny, meaning that the only ideal times to shoot are sunset and sunrise, and when you work full time there’s not much of me that can be bothered to operate at those times as I’m in bed!
Anywhoo, got out with the camera today. kB’s parents have moved house so the old house is empty.
Day 2 of autumn saw a rainy start. The kind of drizzle that gets you really wet. I was unsure when to go out; the forecast said cloudy all day but that the sun might break through at sunset. I didn’t want to leave my photo so late on in the day (The forecast might be wrong after all!) so I waited for the rain to ease off and went out.
My original idea was to use the rain in my shots, however that didn’t work out due to the kind of rain that it was – no puddles had formed, and everything was a bit moist and a bit drippy.
Despite not intending to be in a shot, this is the shot I’ve ended up with today.
Tomorrow I’m having to drive my brother to the airport, so I’m hoping to get a shot on the way back.
Today we went to Dulas Bay, and Porth Wen. This was the trip we tried to do on Monday, but we didn’t manage to make it to either.
This time in order to prepare I was on Google Maps zoomed in at 100% plotting where to park for minimum walking.
First up was Dulas Bay. We got there as the tide was going in, so one of the abandoned boats was already in water. This left me with the one closer to the shore to play in. I took my boots off and got into my dress, and then into the water. Little had I thought about the crabs. I hate crabs. I was almost stood on a large number of crabs. I had a bit of a freak out, jumped for the shore, gathered myself together and tentatively got back into the water.
The tide was coming in pretty quickly, so we went back to the car (Which I had wondered if it were going to be in water, as the place to park wasn’t much higher than where the water was).
I then drove us to Porth Wen. We had tried to walk there on Monday, but we turned back as we weren’t sure how much farther away it was. This time though, I had found a closer parking spot, and it was a short 10 minute walk across farmers fields.
When we got to the end of the farmers fields, we had to walk down a steep mud path with heathers and weeds up above our heads. This was only a couple of minutes though, and then we were there.
I’ve had this shot in mind for a while. It’s not in my original plans for the series, nor even in the revised “add in” sketches, but I fell like it fits.
After walking through the woods she has ended up veering from the path she originally followed and has collapsed amongst the leaves and fallen branches; she has nothing left to give.
She lies there, asleep, throughout the night and as dawn begins to break she begins to stir.
The original shot, taken on New Year’s Day not long after I’d lain in the ice puddle never quite sat right with me (As I said in the last post). Today the conditions were good to have another go, so off I went this afternoon.
As soon as I crested the ‘hill’ I knew that the shot would work better if the camera were at the top, with me at the bottom. I use the term hill loosely mind, as the hill wasn’t exactly big; more of an incline if you will. I knew that this would emphasise the path and the perspective created would allow the path to peter out into the distance.
I wanted to create a sense of night drawing in, some of the colour lingers but the sun has set and the light is fading.
Thankfully it wasn’t as cold today so it wasn’t too much of a bother to be out barefoot, although I wasn’t there for very long at all. I think I took about 10 pictures in total, and only went back to the camera once (To check focus and positioning in the frame).
I have realised today that I am really missing the sky. The sun doesn’t rise until after I get to work, and it’s setting when I’m leaving. Aside from that it’s been very cloudy since the new year, so it doesn’t matter that it’s dark anyway. Hopefully I’ll get to see the sky again soon! 😛