The weather today was looking poor for my day off. A sunrise with fellow Tog Johnathan Neale was off the cards so I decided for a sleep in and then to venture out to Houndtor Woods. This is my back garden both with the camera and the MTB. I’ve shot here before but a while ago. The conditions today were great for long exposures – shrouded cloud with only a hint of a few spots of rain. All of the ferns and foliage was out with still a few bluebells emerging.
Unfortunately As I arrived with my wellies and kit in hand I had realised I had yet again forgotten my tripod mount so I had to march back out the wood uphill, drive back home (luckily on 9 mins drive away) and comeback hoping the conditions were still good. Luckily they were.
I had brought my new Speedlite in order to practice some fill in flash. Now my speedlite isn’t setup for off camera or is particularly powerful but in dark areas I wanted to see if it would light the foregrounds but also I wanted to practice using the curtain flashes. I used a 2nd curtain flash with some leaves floating along. A 2-5 second exposure on ISO 100 at f8-f14 with a 2nd curtain flash helped me to freeze the leaves after the initial blur and the flash had enough power to reach the close foreground so seemed to work well. The midge bites were unpleasant however – LOL. I also tried some stitched panos too which worked well using the adaptive wide-angle filter in Photoshop.