Woodland Photography – Attention to detail




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Fog wasn’t looking likely and there certainly wasn’t any over my home town but with a forecast of 99% humidity and little wind, it was definitely worth taking a chance in the hope of some atmospheric woodland photography. The fog was dense and moody when I first arrived but it soon lifted as I wandered the woodland looking for compositions. Please join me as I enjoy searching for opportunities and talk about my thought processes.

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Images in this episode
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One: 43mm | f5.6 | 1.3sec | ISO 100
Two: 43mm | f5.6 | 1/3sec | ISO 100
Three: 28mm | f5.6 | 1/3sec | ISO 100
Four: 30mm | f8 | 1/40sec | ISO 100
Five: 45mm | f8 | 1/40sec | ISO 100

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Editing
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All my photographs are shot in RAW and processed in Lightroom CC/Photoshop CC.

Music
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Flowing Air by Mattia Vlad Morleo
Emotional Piano by Justus Rümenapp
What If I said I am Sorry by Loving Caliber

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Comments 44

  1. Like this episode? Please give it a thumbs up!
    Don't like it? Please let me know in the comments what you don't like about it 🙂
    There's nothing I like more than to be exploring woodland on calm, damp and atmospheric mornings. It's my happy place. Where's your happy place for landscape photography?
    Thanks in advance for all your comments – I enjoy reading every single one!

  2. Absolutely spot on.. I assume that is a carpet of bilberry on the ground. Trees are my life, but I also love a good coppice-woodland in the frost. You are blessed with some fabulous surroundings. Keep it up

  3. While driving into work yesterday I couldn't help but to think of you as I watched the dog below me and slowly rising around me. I so wanted to detour and take photos, but work. Oh well, at least I was able to take some mental photos. Love watching Meg frolicking in the heather while you talked to us.

  4. This really has it all – beautiful photography & useful tips. Agree that even though it's difficult getting up at 5 am, it's always worth it: even if you don't get any photos, you feel like you have gained an extra day and spent it in a special place.

  5. Paul needs to trust you more. Your are the one who knows. Here in Arizona it is rare to get fog and I always think it is grand. I have one image, more of a for-the record image than stunning. You have given me great insight on how to approach a composition, what makes it work.. I think I am better prepared to do much better now. The Northwest will give me better opportunities on my next trip there.

  6. A great video Simon. I absolutely love the wonderful photos. Very atmospheric.
    We use Avon Skin so Soft dry oil body spray to keep the midges at bay which seem to work really well for us when we were up in Scotland. Give it a go, you have nothing to lose and if nothing else at least your skin will be lovely and soft. Lol
    Tony

  7. Thank you so much! I enjoyed watching this video very much. Not only was it beautiful and relaxing, but you helped show how to capture something that's been difficult for me. I see interesting things but struggle with making images without the distracting elements that are everywhere in forests and woodlands.

  8. Loved the images Simon I really enjoy your woodland shots and your explanations of how and why. The drone footage was first class. The only thing missing is a signature phrase or maybe a silly hat lol

  9. Another first class vlog Simon, the accompanying images and drone footage are superb. I always enjoy your dialogue and reasoning behind the images you make and your vlogs have the added enjoyment value when Meg is featured!
    Have you tried Smidge spray yet, I always have a spray can in my backpack and have had some encouraging results when using it.
    Take care mate and stay safe. ??

  10. "Absolutely stunning" – your video even more so than the fabulous images. You add so much value by walking us through your thought processes on composition (in general) and how you apply it to particular scenes. Watching you create such wonderful art in chaotic situations is both educational and inspiring. Thanks so much for all you do on this channel! Regards, Alan

  11. What a fantastic atmospheric morning to be out and about. Really enjoy the way you explain your thought process behind the compositions you shoot. Only one down side and that was I could almost feel those bloody midges biting. Looking forward to the next video.

  12. Hi Simon.
    My you have been busy! Another great video that really does highlight the difference between you and me; I would have had no problem in deciding that I had a keeper from this shoot and it would have been the woodland shot. I might be up for a print of that if you're producing one. Really loved the drone work too, great idea to use the thinning mist in that way; quite beautiful.
    Glad to see that "reptilian bark" found its way into this production, it's far too good a concept to let go to waste.

  13. Hey mate.. didnt notice the curvy trees in the background till you mentioned them now they are all I see.. funny that.. great to see Meg bouncing around what a beautiful dog

  14. As always just love your vlogs and passion for trees and forests as I do. I may have mentioned this before, so sorry, but I carry a mosquito repellent which keeps most of them away, the can is light. I tend to spray some on my hat, cuffs, ankles, my midge -net if wearing one and a little on the head of my tripod which tend to keep them away from my lens. For me it works and using the spray would make life much more bearable if you did so. I see no need to suffer the little blighters lol.

  15. Another calming and thoughtful video Simon. Your explanations of the compositions are excellent and delighted that the techy stuff is available in the descriptions but not cluttering the video. I really like the way you use elements of the image to frame other elements. My happy place is the coast, because I live there. Actually I live on an island so seascapes are one of my prime subjects. I struggle in woodland, probably due to unfamiliarity, so I'm saving to come onto one of your 1:1 workshops to try and pick up on your thought processes.

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