Autumn Photography

Deciduous trees are slowing down production (photosynthesis) in readiness for the winter but they seem to burst into life with colour during autumn. This is the time many trees bear us gifts so it is a great time for foraging. Autumn enables me to combine a passion for photography, a love of hiking and a, somewhat spiritual, appreciation of trees as the ancient life that enables our biosphere to live, with oxygen and energy.

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Puttenham Walk

The last couple of nights I’ve seen a gorgeous moon and overheard that there is a ‘SuperMoon’ at the moment. This is where the moon is closer to the Earth and the net effect is that it appears 14% larger.  I love the moonlight (which is just ~sunlight) when it breaks through the clouds so I decided on some moon photography. We headed up to Puttenham Common to get away from the noise of the urban lighting

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Hardwick Hall (NT)

I grew up in Derbyshire before I left for University but it was only around my mid-twenties that I started to appreciate just how incredibly picturesque my home is. I must have driven past the brown signs directing visitors to Hardwick Hall thousands of times without thought of visiting. (Although my parents are convinced I had been before.) The recent gift of a National Trust membership, and having explored Surrey’s sites, motivated me to take a peek.

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Photo Mosaic

I made a really cool ‘photo mosaic’ – this is basically a large image made up of lots of other images. You have to decide on the master photo and then choose all the other photos. There’s a few software packages that will do this but I opted from AndreaMosaic (it’s free). The result is below – you may need to squint your eyes to see the overall image.

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The Malkovich Effect

I got a timer remote release control for my DSLR camera in order to take some timelapse footage on our holiday in Guyana. I didn’t use it much because of the need to mount the camera on a tripod and leave it there – Guyana is not the safest of places. But I did have a good idea.

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