We British are notorious for moaning and whingeing about our weather. This is because we never know what it is going to be like from day to day. Our weather prediction services seem to be totally incapable of getting their forecasts right and you may as well hang a piece of seaweed outside your front door and use that to tell you whether you are going to need an umbrella, coat or rowing boat that day.
However, for us photographer’s, the British weather is just so good at getting atmospheric pictures. Rainstorms, frost and snow all occur (probably more frequently than we would want) but they offer fantastic opportunities for landscape images or close-ups of rain-soaked plants, morning dew, frost on windows and mist over hills.
This selection of three photographs was taken in fields not far from my home in early November. It was one of those damp chilly mornings that was very still and quiet. Every sound and every colour were muted. Even the birds were quiet and walking through woods to the fields the only sound was the drip, drip of moisture from the trees on to the undergrowth.
I trudged across the fields of Berkswell today in an effort to get some foggy, autumn pictures.
The fog was quite dense and the only noises piercing its sound dampening properties were the cries of the crows in the trees, the seagulls on the lake and the drip, drip of the water on the leaves of the trees as I waked under them. The air was cold and damp and the footpaths muddy, slippy and well-trodden.
Out of the gloom of the fog the trees continually emerged as I walked on. In the distance the trees faded into an indistinct line on the horizon, all detail and contrast flattened by the fog.
The particular oak tree in the image below stood on the top of a rise in the field. The orange and yellow leaves barely hanging on to the branches. I was captivated by the flatness and quietness of the scene, all tones muted to browns and golds.
I took the photograph with my D800 and a 50mm f/1.8 standard lens. I used the dehaze tool in Photoshop to increase the contrast in the tree and to make it more prominent.