It happens all too frequently, I miss opportunities to capture photographs or the photos that I capture aren’t inspired or inspiring. This year the weather seems slow to pick up and there have been a lot of days when I wished there were better light, or more of it. Things sometimes just don’t come together, and the time you have available outside of working hours simply doesn’t marry up with opportunities to find subjects and take photos.
I did happen on an imposing figure: A Jaguar hood ornament on a very nice XK Signature. Lovely car to drive (though not so much fun getting in and out of), and the hood ornament looked rather striking in the early morning light, glistening with melting frost. I took full advantage of the Galaxy S5’s close focus and depth of field.
A major advantage for me with having a dog is that I’m perpetually nagged to go out. If it were not for Maisie I’m sure that apart from going to work and going shopping, I might not leave the house for days on end. Since I’m walking the dog anyway, I take my camera with me and that at least gives some opportunity for photos. It doesn’t guarantee good photos, or even photos at all, but it does improve the odds massively.
On Tuesday, Sheryl and I decided to take a drive out into the Dales. We did this every week last year but I don’t think I’ll be able to afford it as often this year. My car isn’t doing very well on fuel at the moment – I’m guestimating about 23mpg on average – and needs some money spending on it. Nevertheless, we bit the bullet and threw £20 in the tank to go see some sights. We drove in a wide circle over to Tadcaster, then on to Ripon, had a coffee in Masham and then drove over the tops to Kettlewell, back into the Aire valley via Skipton and on home over Ilkley/Rombalds Moor. It was a lovely drive out which blew away some cobwebs, and we did get some photos along the way.
At West Tanfield we found St Nicholas’ Church, with accompanying graveyard, and I decided to try a bit of infrared photography despite there being no direct sun. The results came out pretty well and better than I was expecting. I’d not tried infrared on a cloudy day before, so that opens up the possibilities for future outings even if the weather isn’t with us so much. We took a few minutes to look around inside the church and Marmion Tower, and learn some history, before moving on.
All in all it was a good day out and I’m looking forward to more like it as the summer gets underway. 🙂