As we move through spring, everything changes for landscape photography. There are amazing floral displays as the trees blossom and the light seems to change every day. There is now a better chance of getting good light and dramatic effects in the evening now the days are longer as we approach the spring equinox. For some photos you need the morning light.
I took this photo yesterday morning. The sun was bright and quite harsh, but it wasn’t directly on the building. All cameras have ‘scene’ modes and I wanted a wide aperture for this shot and so rather than using landscape, I tried the sports setting. It worked well, but the cream paintwork looked too pale. I took a number of shots setting the camera manually with a wide aperture and some on aperture priority. the preview made me think the shots might be a little dark, but you can always lighten them in editing. All the shots I took were acceptable, but the ones on manual were the best and contrasted the white of the window frame against the cream of the walls. Obviously, using manual or aperture priority needs some experience. You gain experience by just doing it.
The pink blossom on this tree show the changing of the seasons, but I also wanted that gate on with it’s patterns. This was at The Manor House, a 13th century historic building that I visit often.
The Manor House itself makes a good shot in spring too, with the tree in blossom in the middle ground.
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I’ll finish with a few photos from the library: