A Frosty Morning in Wollaton Park
As if last week’s snow flurry wasn’t exciting enough, we have recently had a few foggy days which I find are perfect for photos – this weather is making winter almost bearable.. (haha, BEARable. bears.) Unaware of the fog, I casually rolled up my blinds at 10.30am (it was the weekend, that’s fine) and was amazed to see a thick, misty haze sitting on our garden, as it rarely sticks around beyond 8am. So I sprang out of bed, jumped into my warmest socks and headed to the park to make some foggy photos, grabbing my hat on the way out of the door to disguise my misbehaving fringe.
The frost was glistening on everything in the park, the winter sun outlining all the fences and branches with what looked like wet, spiky tipex. I love this kind of backlighting for photos, and the layer of frost on the ground was also helping to bounce a nice bright light into the lens. On these types of days, I tend to go for silhouetted people against mystical backgrounds with spindly trees looming out of the clouds (so I did that too), but I also wanted to try and do some more self-portraits, because I really like my hat.
I’ve never really been one for self-portraits – I feel much more comfortable behind the camera than in front of it (anyone who has ever tried to take a photo of me not looking at the floor or turning away will know this). Having said that, I really enjoy editing portraits so at the moment I’m having to put myself in front of the lens. To do this, I use a tripod and a pair of little wireless remotes so I can release the shutter repeatedly whilst standing in frame. I used to rely on self-timer (pressing the shutter and running into frame on a countdown) but it wasn’t very efficient as you only get one shot before you have to go back to the camera again to reset. Sometimes I would ask a friend to press the shutter for me, but ideally I wanted to make the images by myself so I decided to buy a pair of wireless remotes which have been ever so useful. They allow me to set up the shot exactly as I want it, test the settings and then walk around in frame with a clicker in my pocket. I also feel a lot less awkward if no one is with me, as I never really know where to look so I just wander aimlessly and click away, hoping for the best. Remote triggers are also very useful for timelapses or videos as they allow you to release the shutter without touching the camera (which might cause it to wobble).
I’m working on a cinemagraph to accompany this series but it’s not quite finished yet, so I’m going to save that for another entry which I’ll post up in the next few weeks 🙂 Thanks for reading & I hope the fog made some of your days a little more magical too!
Love Marie x