I recently heard the term ‘NDD – Nature Deficit Disorder’. I think I caught it! It was time for action. So, we took a long walk to see the autumn colours. It wasn’t ideal for photography – clear skies with strong sun, contrasted by deep shadows from the high peaks. But that wasn’t the point of making the trip. And we still managed to see a wild cat stalking its prey on the edge of field, which was a real treat.
Not the horror film! But a walk in the area of Amieva, Asturias in northern Spain. The route was called “El encanto de la Mitologia” and runs from the village of Santillán to Beyu de Pen. A great autumn walk.
John’s lovely dog made me think about this lovely cow up in my favourite farm in the world, Rio Pradillo, an hour north of Madrid. I’ve been terribly busy recently and need to get back up to the farm, to make more time to take photos, be creative, to … LIVE!
We’ve been in the UK the past week.
My parents have recently adopted a young collie ‘Carrie’, rescuing her from “death row”. She is a lovely dog but not had the best start in life – frightened and still yet to bark, run or play. But she has a friendly nature and slowly gaining confidence around people despite the past human cruelty.
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
Last week we had a great visit to the mountains of León near the Picos de Europa National Park. With the sun behind us, I took this on the way back from an early morning excursion after some super wildlife watching.
John also took a couple of nice sunrise pictures from the same area, which you can see here – http://www.flickr.com/photos/john_shackleton/
We quite often find ourselves at this place – ‘El Mirador del Fitu’ in Asturias, northern Spain. It’s a good place to start a walk, watch griffon vultures or just sit and gaze at the panoramic mountains and sea views.
I recently discovered an e-book about ‘long exposure photography’. And although I haven’t read this book in any depth (roughly meaning, I read 1 page, flicked around half a dozen more and haven’t got a clue!), it got me all fired up to try these techniques – as in straightaway … so we drove to said viewpoint and waited for the sunset.
I tried various camera settings in ‘manual’ and ‘shutter priority’ and experimented with long exposures, whilst panning the camera from left or right to create motion. I had no idea what I was doing but still enjoyed the process. It took a few shots to get the hang of it and produce something visible on the LCD display. The best results seem to be after sun down, with a lot less light. It would have to interesting to stay longer into the twilight but the wind suddenly picked up and it got chilly – and guess who had forgot to bring a jacket!?
Below are 3 images from our short evening excursion. All were taken from the same spot, with very little post-processing.
I will return to the book and study it some more, I’ve enjoyed the process and achieving different results from a familiar place. For those interested, it’s by Andrew S. Gibson “Slow: The Magic of Long-Exposure Photography”.