Are you waiting for the right conditions?

A landscape photographer needs to have patience, something I don’t possess for most of the time.  However if you want to get that photograph that is above the average holiday snap then you need to do two things!  Watch the weather forecast and secondly wait for the right conditions.

This is what I did at Spelga Dam in the Mourne Mountains yesterday.  Thursday was the only decent day weather wise in the week and wet weather was to move in over night, which it did.  So the perfect opportunity to make my trip to Spelga and wait for the rain to move in. 

Arriving mid afternoon in what was a lovely sunny afternoon I waited until the sun was about to set when I was rewarded with mist descending, could not be better!  Mist and fog add atmosphere and this was what I was looking for.  The following images were taken between 5pm to 6pm.  The shutter speed of the final images were 0.5 of a second aided with the use of a tripod.

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Photographs taken in mid afternoon would just not have captured the atmosphere I was after. I did stay overnight in an attempt to get early light in the morning, but the mist completely closed in accompanied with heavy rain.  Was it worth the effort?  

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Nature and wildlife photography

Of all the blogs I have published over the past few years I have never published any images of wildlife.  While I do admire those photographers who specialise in nature and wildlife photography, I am not one of them.  My lack of patience would be a problem!

But today just relaxing in my back garden I was enchanted by the number of butterflies that were feeding on a Buddleia Bush, commonly known as a butterfly bush.  I counted nine Small Tortoiseshell Butterflies at one point, one of which is pictured below.

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To achieve sharpness in the image I selected a fast shutter speed, 1/250th second and a wide aperture, f4, to ensure background detail was blurred.  The focus is therefore sharply on the butterfly.  I also used the lowest ISO setting in the camera, 200, and that was basically it.  The main problem to contend with was the wind blowing the branches about, so I had to wait for periods of calm, the reward was a sharp image.

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Bluebell Wood

It almost seems obligatory to take photographs of bluebells at this time of the year, such photographs are cliched, but here is mine anyway.  In the UK summer does not seem to have arrived, the photographs in this blog were taken just after 8pm as I grabbed glimpses of weak sunlight breaking through an overcast sky.

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Due to low light reasonably high ISO levels were used, 800 and 1250 respectively at an aperture of f5.6.  Using a wide angle 14mm lens ensured a good depth of field.

All images contained on this website remain the property of Roger Bradley.  Images may not be downloaded, reproduced, copied, projected, or used in any way without express written permission.