Autumn's cloak

22/10/2015 - 15:57


Autumn with it's transitional hues offers a glorious opportunity to explore nature on the grand and small scales through the medium of photography.


It's a fine time to try an adopt a mindful approach to the natural world, to explore the world from a bug's eye view to a bird's eye view,  a time to engage one's senses. We can embrace the unctious aromas of heaps of fallen leaves; the textures of ripened acorns, horse chestnuts and beech nuts; the sweet taste of harvested hawberry pulp, sweet chestnuts and apples picked freshly; witness golden light gilding a canopy of trees; the sounds of fallen leaves scuffing over rocks & pebbles beside a river.


Autumn leaf fall on a series of tilted granite slabs on the edge on an ait (river island) in the Dart
“The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.”
Robert Henri

When you are out for a walk in the autumn takes time to tune in to the slower pace of life, explore ideas that appeal to you as potential photographs and a few moments to consider what you want your photograph to say about that time & place  (the word photography literally means 'to write with light') and in doing so, it's likely that you'll imbue some emotional gravitas into the photograph that you make. The camera is a tool and whilst quality of camera and knowing how to control it's manual functions helps in the quality of print in the end, remember that it has no soul or magical ability to make a masterpiece all by it's own devices. One could buy exact replicas of Rembrant's paint brushes, yet it would not guarantee one could paint in the style and quality with which he did. Learn how your camera works works, but use that knowledge to help you craft your photography, rather than assume it being some magical box of delights.
Buckland Common, Dartmoor, illuminated as low cloud scuds over the hills in the evening
The Aune, cascading over granites on an autumn day



”When it is working, you completely go into another place, you’re tapping into things that are totally universal, completely beyond your ego and your own self. That’s what it’s all about.”
Keith Haring

The River Dart gilded by early morning light.
Go sit in a nature for a while on an autumn day, connect with it through your senses and relish the experience. It is a treasure to behold.
“The only journey is the one within.” 
Rainer Maria Rilke



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