I guess I thought it about time to write a blog post. But in this year of lockdown craziness I haven't really been anywhere 'exciting'. The usual favoured destinations such as the Highlands & Islands for example have obviously been out of reach. So what have I been up to? Mostly riding my bike and visiting the local nature reserves is the answer. And actually that has been quite exciting. Like other people up and down the country I've explored many more places locally. I know my local woodlands pretty well already, but I've found further bridleways and footpaths that had been previously unexplored, by me at least.
I haven't really indulged in what I'd call serious photography for a few months; that is, occasionally I've taken a camera out with me 'just in case'. For the past couple of weeks however, I've been seriously craving that creative outlet. Photography for me is a very meditative process that I can lose myself in, eventually finding myself in that zone where one forgets all of the external stuff that we bother ourselves with on a daily basis. The simple act of looking through the viewfinder at the world before us transports us into another reality; a place where we attempt to portray a scene the way we feel it. Like anything, if you don't use it you lose it. Now I certainly don't think I've lost anything but the point here is that we keep ourselves sharp. It takes time to get into that zone where the creativity flows and the more often we immerse ourselves in our surroundings, whilst occasionally peering through the viewfinder, the quicker we can get to that special place where the magic happens.
This particular scene was shot with my tiny Sony RX100, which literally fits in the palm of your hand. The amount of technology this little camera has is mind boggling, along with a 24-70mm f2.8 Zeiss lens. You're sure to never miss a picture if you have this thing in your pocket. I've processed the image in Photoshop, ever so slightly split toning to bring out those wonderful autumnal colours.
Keep safe everyone.