Posts tagged “autumn

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Afternoon sun #2

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Walks, shoots and leaves

All work and little play these days. No much time to linger looking for inspiring landscapes. Still, a short walk, a few shots and back is better than no walk at all.

flying leaf

flying leaf

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headless fountain

headless fountain

the sky turned pink

the sky turned pink


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Memories fade

Recent or long gone? Without my LR catalogue I would have guessed wrong.

memories fade

memories fade


Nothing there

What is it that makes us want to take that particular photograph, there, at that time, in those conditions?

I enjoy going on photo trips with other photographers now and then, but sometimes it’s like trying to photograph while on a hillwalking trip with others: sometimes our priorities don’t coincide.

I don’t mind not having stunning dawns, spectacular dusk scenes, dramatic mountain cloud formations. Not just because not having these things is “real”, or even because it presents a challenge to “find something to shoot”, but because it allows for a more contemplative, thought-out approach to the mood or atmosphere potentially there.

This scene appeared to me early one afternoon on a cold October day near the Chata pri Zelenom plese.

I liked the cold feel (the air was freeing cold) and the harsh look (it hadn’t been easy to get there). Life is like that sometimes. I also remember enjoying the fact that I was alone, wandering around the lake, while my photographer companions warmed themselves up with some local (Tatra) tea. There was nothing there other than an undefined inner voice to distract me: no voices, no-one’s tripod in my viewfinder, no crunching of stones underfoot as companions moved on to greener pastures, complaining that there was nothing there to photograph, the light poor, the reflections weak, the majestic mountains around the Chata invisible in the mist…

This image may not be as popular or “liked” as the stunning dawns I’ve had the good fortune to photograph, but “nothing there” does not exist.

A cold October afternoon near the Chata pri Zelonom Plese

A cold October afternoon near the Chata pri Zelonom Plese


two trees #2

two trees #2

two trees #2


just rolls

no rocks

no rocks


three trees and autumn vines

three trees and autumn vines

three trees and autumn vines


the lie of the land

the lie of the land-1

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Sun on the hills

classic Tuscany

classic Tuscany


A tree is not just a tree

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Tuscan autumn morning

autumn morning

autumn morning


Autumn evening

Autumn evening

Autumn evening


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Buachaille Etive Mor Glencoe

Buachaille Etive Mor Glencoe

Buachaille Etive Mor Glencoe


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Looking forward to the High Tatras in autumn

Autumn in the High Tatras

Looking forward to the High Tatras in autumn.


Chata pri Zelonom Plese

Track to the Chata pri Zelonom Plese

Track to the Chata

Autumn colours and crisp air are energising, an unbeatable antidote to city living.

autumn colours

When we arrived, the place was enveloped in fast-moving mist.

the Chata

The lake itself was frozen over – not so good for photographing reflections.

the lake was frozen over

But there’s always something that catches the eye…

ice, stones, leaves

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ice and leaves

The Chata residents were friendly, and the local herbal tea a soothing relief from the cold.

Chata residents

By the time we had returned from our early morning hike the next day, the ice had melted enough in one spot for this reflection.

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