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The Morning I Sat on a Bench for a Bit

The sunrise was a disappointment. Barely a whisper of dusty pink lined a few clouds; the breeze quickly bringing in a heavy cloud layer that obscured any hope of some dazzling light. I sat on the bench above the pond and waited. A pair of Red Kites swirled overhead, a cow and her large calf sauntered past in the field below and the breeze stirred the canopy above. A squirrel noisily ran up and down a fir tree to my left; in the quiet of the morning their scampering sounded unusually loud. But the light just went from dull to boringly flat and unexciting.

I had vague ideas of trying to capture some movement in the trees; but nothing really worked. I’d the wide angle in the bag, a rarely used lens, took a few lacklustre images with it but nothing worth keeping. The pond itself is little more than a stretch of mud, fallen branches and a tin can dot its surface. Then I thought of Helen Sear’s pond image, got totally dejected, so wandered off home for a bacon sandwich.

Surreal Additions to the Pond Project

These additions to the Pond Project have, despite appearances, received little modification after taking. The effect is all down to a modified lens - one of it glass elements is flipped around - its a cheap 50mm Zenitar. 

The modifications make it rather impossible to gain accurate focusing; especially following the loss of my tripod to the waters of the Thames last week. I rather like the effect, having used it on a selection of Instagram shots (1, 2, 3), and was keen to experiment with it out in the field. 

 

 

The Pond Project Updated

What is this? Th fourth or fifth time I've wandered down to the pond? Different days gives different conditions, a change in the plants and due to the lack of rain over the last weeks, water level at the pond. 

A few more shots added to the gallery - a startled duck taking off from the pond, a couple of macro images and some wild flowers.