Love it or hate it?
I discovered during the recent cold snap that opinions seem to be divided right down the middle. Personally, I sit very comfortably in the love camp. I do love the stuff. I love the cold, I love Winter, but it’s not enough to convince me to watch more than 10 seconds of Frozen.
Rather unexpectedly, I woke up to a decent dusting of whiteness just last weekend and even more unexpectedly, I got out of bed. On a Sunday. The camera was already very well charged from a recent day trip to London (photos will come in a future blog post) so I was ready to go once I had showered and got dressed. Ah, but snow melts quite quickly so maybe I don’t have time for that. Other people may wake up soon and want to play in it or walk on it which would ruin my photos. Having quickly brushed my teeth and put on more socks, I was ready to go and snap some magical winter wonderland snow scenes around this crazy little town.
First stop was to be Willen Lake, a spot visited so many times as a practice ground for me as there is a great big lake, a bit of wildlife, a fantastic Peace Pagoda and a lovely backdrop for portraits. It’s also been a great training ground for running but that’s another story.
Tickling the South face of Willen Lake and park is Campbell Park which then links up with the town centre. The next series of snaps are taken there after walking around the Grand Union Canal, adjacent parkland and around the Light Pyramid at the top of the little hill.
All in all I was only out for just over an hour but managed to capture some really lovely local landscapes. Snow confuses the camera’s sensor though and when I got home to review the images they were so dark and grey! Youtube came to my rescue, and a short tutorial from Anthony Morganti’s fantastic channel meant that I had a good idea of how to correctly process the scenes so that you see what my eyes saw on the day.
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