Tuesday 31st January 2023

Autumn and early winter are probably my favourite times of year for photography, which is hardly surprising as it means glorious light available at readily accessible times of the day, as well as trees displaying a wonderful variety of colours.

autumn trees in the caravan park

bright yellow and orange leaves

It’s also wetter, naturally, and this is good for urban photography. It’s a common filmmaker trick to douse an urban scene in water, especially if shooting at night, as it really livens up things like roads and pavements.

yellow lines, yellow posts, white graffiti

Damp air means dew, too, another reason to get up early and go shooting.

dewdrops on a spiderweb

And of course, there’s more frequent fog, which makes even dull, familiar places look new and exciting.

school warning light on a foggy road

low sun over a foggy beach

patchy fog over Lound Lakes

Even if the weather’s dry, the low winter sun can liven up street scenes with stong contrast and long, deep shadows.

doll heads in a shop window

sidelit clock on a yellow wall

Alternatively, overcast days can work well with the more industrial kinds of places.

the front of Norwich Road Garage on an overcast day

And what backlog post would be complete without a picture of Emily?

Emily enjoying the smell of coffee