Today has been lovely – we went for a walk around the farmers fields near my house, and I spent the morning in the garden.
Yesterday I had an early night, and so it was just a quick shot of one of the leaves on my Rex Begonia.
In the dark winter months I struggle to wake up, as I’m sure many other do. When it’s spring/summer/autumn I tend to wake up naturally around 7:30-8, but in winter I’m pushing for a 9am wake up. I’m going to assume that it’s to do with the lack of light – sunrise this morning was at 8:15am.
After two failed wind turbine photoshoots I decided that I wanted to get up and go shoot this morning. The weather forecast looked OK for the morning. It changed from clear, to misty, to cloudy in the days before, and as I went to bed last night it said it was going to be cloudy.
Knowing that the forecast isn’t always right (whilst praying for mist or intermittent clouds) I decided to set my alarm and get out there.
I was rewarded hen I woke up with a nice misty view out of the window. I hastily got dressed (red dress tucked into gym leggings, with wellies on the bottom is a killer combo) and headed out.
It’s been a long time since I’ve gotten up and gone for a sunrise photo – Covid put a stop to most holidays! What I wasn’t anticipating was how many dog walkers there would be. Silly of me really, and I got a few funny looks prancing around in a bright red dress bare foot whilst there was frost on the floor.
None the less it was a morning well spent I think!
Today it was chucking it down with rain when I woke up. I decided to be productive and clean up my office. When the rain stopped I figured it was time to go out and take some photos. I put my wellies on and went to the fields near my house. On my way there there is a wooded area, and I know there had been some mushrooms there from a walk I went on over Christmas. Whilst on the lookout for the mushrooms I had seen previously, I realised that the entire floor was covered in one section with mushrooms.
I’ve decided to use my lens converter to use some of the lenses I had for my old system (Pentax) on my Fuji XT3. Todays image was shot with the 30mm f1.4. When I found the mushrooms I initially struggled to shoot them; cursing myself for leaving my macro and zoom lenses at home; as either of these would have been much better. But we can only work with what we have!
Because I am a total loon I got up at 5:45am to go and take some video footage around Ulley Country Park at sunrise. Technically the sun rose at about 5:10, but I figured that if I got there an hour after then I would have enough light to play with.
What I didn’t count on was flying my drone into a tree and then panicking that I was going to have to fish it out of the lake. But I suppose these experiences allow us to poop our selves and then learn from them. I made myself carry on flying the drone, because my gut just wanted me to land it and then drive home and be sad.
In hindsight I probably should have landed it to check that it was OK. This is defiantly what I will do next time, as it turned out that one of the propellers was ever so slightly cracked. On the flip side, I suspect that if I had landed it and seen the crack I would just have gone home and then possibly been too nervous to fly it again. So swings and round abouts. These things are bound to happen when your too excited about the mist and the sun beams to be properly keeping an eye on what is happening!
When I bought the drone I also bought some ProPlus ND filters for it. I had been using ND4 for the other flights, but as it was super sunny with no cloud this morning I used ND32 – I was pleasantly surprised to find no colour tinges on the footage!