Winter Walks
The winter months have always been a bit of a challenge for myself to get out and continue taking photos. As I live in Lincolnshire and have a young family, travel is not always possible so hunting out new areas for photography is challenging. Deciding to minimising travel I settled on a local woods 5 minutes from the house. I have ridden and walked through these woods before but never taken the time to do any photography there. 

Due to the close vicinity I was able to visit the woods two or three times a week. Sometimes for an hour after work, sometimes for a few hours at the weekend. 
Rays of Light
Rays of Light
Fading Away
Fading Away
Looking In
Looking In
Weather conditions such as fog can make it significantly easier to find interesting subjects or allow contrast and separation between subjects. Bizarrely this winter has not really provided normal winter conditions, there has only been a couple of frosts and perhaps twice where fog has penetrated into the woods. Instead just lots of rain and more rain.

The couple of times there was fog it was really interesting to see how everything looks changes and give you a new perspective in looking for compositions. 

I found that thinking about the following points allowed me to focus each visit on something new and different
Contrasting colours
Reflections
Macro
Patterns
Interesting light
Mist/Fog/Frost
Sunrise/Sunset
By finding a new area to focus my photography on, I have developed a new appreciation and enjoyment for woodland photography. Due to the very nature of woodlands being chaotic places, this can make it quite difficult to find good compositions. By taking your time and enjoying your surroundings I found that each time visiting I found something new to focus on. 
Abstract 1
Abstract 1
Reflections
Reflections
Abstract 2
Abstract 2
Reflections
Reflections
Odd Pond
Odd Pond
Reflections
Reflections
Abstract 3
Abstract 3
Sometimes I found an interesting composition but it may have taken three or four attempts to find the right conditions. The following picture is an example of this. I was originally walking back to the car when I spotted this tree separated from the tall conifers surrounding it. The light was nice but was fading so took a quick shot hand held but decided to come back. Unfortunately by the time I was back and had the right conditions, the tree had shed more leaves, however I still took the shot and end result works well. 
The Tree
The Tree

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