On Wednesday 8th October I had booked a workshop in the New Forest with Wild Arena and Castle Cameras with my friend Pat from Blandford Camera club. I kept looking at the weather forecast and it didn’t look too promising, there were a lot of rain clouds crossing southern England so I made sure that I had provision for getting wet; waterproofs and a change of clothes! We were meeting at the large Bolderwood car park and going on from there, when we got there it decided to rain so we all waited in our cars but the shower went over and we set off down the Bolderwood ornamental drive to our morning session. This was to be looking for interesting images under the woodland canopy, mainly fungi and I used my 60mm macro lens. Most of the fungi were only a couple of inches high, it was quite dark and I needed a tripod or I propped the camera on a small branch on the forest floor. I had fun getting up and down!

Fungi with Moss
Fungi with Moss

Forest Blewit
Forest Blewit
Forest Blewit
Forest Blewit
Fly agaric
Fly agaric

fungi 6

fungi 3
The weather was very kind to us in the morning there was a few flurries but they didn’t come to anything. We had a quick lunch and moved to a new location, the other side of the road! You don’t have to go far to see lots of interesting things to take a photo of. There was more fungi and I attempted to take some scenes of the Beech trees. The weather in the afternoon was pleasant and the sun even came out for a while and we saw a little blue sky. It is not easy to do in the woodland as there are so many distractions and it’s difficult to get a good composition. The autumn colours are still not on the trees yet although some of the Bracken is beginning to go rust coloured, we need a few frosts.

Tree trunk
Tree trunk
New Forest trees
New Forest trees
New Forest trees
New Forest trees
New Forest trees
New Forest trees
New Forest glade
New Forest glade
New Forest trees
New Forest trees

Although we were under the trees there was still a lot of brightness in the sky/branch area so I used a graduated filter to help the exposure of the images. I used my wide angle lens for most of these images.

I then changed back to my macro lens to capture a bit more of the woodland floor life.

fungi 9

fungi 8

fungi 7

fungi 5

fungi 2

After expecting to be rained on all day we were very lucky as we missed most of the heavy showers, it turned out to be a really enjoyable workshop. I was pleased with the images and it was nice to just concentrate on the photography for a little while.

Lichen
Lichen

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