Shot Of The Week

Usually, for my shot of the week, I focus on the shot I’ve taken for my 52 Week project, but I’m changing that this week for two reasons.

Firstly, the theme for the week was Double Exposure which is a topic in itself so I’ll be blogging about that in a separate post in a couple of days. Secondly, although I did do a DE shot this week (the b/w version is below), I also took a load of other shots early in the morning that are far more worthy of SoTW.

_HDR-DE-BW

As you know, I have my Lumix TZ60 with me at all times and on Monday morning on my way to work I spotted some cows in a field with a nice sunrise backlight. So I turned around and went back a took some pictures, mostly at full zoom. As I expected, the Lumix performed well although the massive dynamic range was a challenge and shooting right into the sun put me to the limit of 1/2000 shutter speed.

For this shot I stood in the partial shade of a tree to stop the sun coming directly into the lens. All in all I was happy with the results.

_Mooooooos

On Thursday it was very misty. I got to the same field at about the same time and noticed the mist across the grass.  Looking into the field the cows were much closer so I stopped again to take some pictures. This time the effect was really nice as the mist and golden sun combined to give some interesting back drops. Then I spotted some spider webs – always a favourite subject – and snapped away at these too.

_spiral Cow and web

On Friday morning I decided to load up the DSLR and “paparazzi” set up of 70-200 f/2.8 with the 2x converter giving me effectively a 140-400 f/5.6. My intention was to go back to the same field and see if I could improve upon Thursday’s shots with the DSLR. On the way, I noticed some potential in another field – a knarly dead tree with a large heron sitting on the top in silhouette – so stopped and walked over to the edge of the field. Just as I did so, the bird flew off – damn. However I took a few shots anyway. Then I noticed that the sun was just starting to rise above the trees and cast golden light onto the field so I waited for another 10 minutes or so and rattled off a few shots of some backlit flower heads and spider webs.

_beautiful dayMorning

I really like the feel of this shot, sunrise on a late summer morning – definitely my shot of the week.

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