Black & White in the Lake District

Give me big views and fine light and I am happy; woods on a bright sunny day and I am well out of my comfort zone, but I had been challenged to try woodlands...

I have been recently working with Paul Gallagher (http://www.paulgallagher.co.uk) on fine tuning my photography and Paul suggested I should look at working more in woodlands and in black & white.

To be honest, I am not someone who likes photographing woodlands as I find it difficult to create a composition with the chaos presented by all those trees – surely a lone tree is enough in an image😊

Give me big views and fine light and I am happy; woods on a bright sunny day and I am well out of my comfort zone! However; I found the bright sunlight worked well, providing great side/back-lighting that complimented the fresh green foliage of early summer.

The Dancing Birch series of 4 images were made at Hodge Close Quarry in the English Lake District and the combination of sunlit leaves with a stiff breeze gave me an impression of the trees dancing, so I utilised a 6 Stop ND to try and capture the movement; which I think worked.

I now know I will be spending more time in woods going forward

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