Day 204 – Interesting Building and Photographic Style

On a run the other day, I came across a building in the New Forest that I never knew existed … I was running with a friend, a route that I was unfamiliar with, and the building had never really quite her eye… I wanted to stop and look – instead I returned this morning with my camera to capture it.

The first two image capture the scene – the New Forest woodland …

Trees - ISO800, F16, 1/80 sec
Trees – ISO800, F16, 1/80 sec
Woodland Path - ISO800, F10, 1/80sec
Woodland Path – ISO800, F10, 1/80sec

Then through the trees – there was this:

Hidden building - ISO800, F10, 1/160sec
Hidden building – ISO800, F10, 1/160sec

Can you see it? I am looking at the corner of the building and the woodland behind me is being reflected back at me.

Contrast - ISO800, F10, 1/40sec
Contrast – ISO800, F10, 1/40sec

Moving you can see the contrast between the woodland behind me reflected on the building to the left… and the fence and open space to the right where the building ends. It is a huge building, a couple of stories high and if you look closely you can see through some of the reflections but it is hidden amazingly well.

Refections - ISO800, F10, 1/640sec
Refections – ISO800, F10, 1/640sec

I tried different angles – this shot with natural faming almost makes the building disappear – and I love the fact that a window is open part way along, and top left you can just make out the curtains of the accommodation contained within.

ISO800, F10, 1/100sec
ISO800, F10, 1/100sec

Moving closer, above, I aimed to fill the frame with the reflection … your eye is drawn to the bright light in the centre – but I have no idea what that is a reflection of. I shall have to revisit.

Below, I tried to capture the lines of the building, how the reflection bounces the woodland back at you … I was in open forest, and at this point I feel uncomfortable… I was watching and capturing the building, but suddenly I became aware that someone was watching me … time to move on …. Can you see them?

Refelctions, ISO800, F10, 1/50sec
Reflections, ISO800, F10, 1/50sec

I then returned home to an email from Emma #Remarkable2015 asking “What’s my style” – I am still struggling with that one … but I know that I like to capture the world that I live it, I live in a wonderful place and I want to share it with others … my style is honest, natural (ish) images that make you want to visit, English 🙂

Returning from this morning’s walk I was listening to “The Shires – Made in England” , and that’s me … made in England, there is no place I would rather be! Through social media, the eyes of other photographers, I get to explore the world … but for me nothing beats the beauty of England, there is nowhere I would rather be … and that is what I want to showcase, images that mean something to me 🙂


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