I thought it was about time I got out with my camera. I have been working on my garden while the weather has been fine and it’s nearly up together so I thought it would be good to have a break for a couple of hours. It was a lovely afternoon and quite sunny so I decided to take two cameras my ordinary 7D and my converted infrared 50D. The leaves are coming on the trees now and they should be giving off infrared rays as they photosynthesise so just right for IR photography.

I wasn’t sure where I was going to go so I set off in the general direction of Hambledon hill. I’d just had a big meal so I decided against climbing it that day. I hope to get up there soon. I walked along the footpath to Markham cottages towards Hanford, there is a nice long field with views to the hill and back to the church.

Footpath to Child Okeford Church
Footpath to Child Okeford Church

I’ve put a colour image in for comparison, the light was very bright and I don’t think it does the picture justice while using IR there is more depth to the picture in my opinion.

Footpath to the church - colour
Footpath to the church – colour
Child Okeford church
Child Okeford church
Hambledon Hill
Hambledon Hill
Hambledon Hill
Hambledon Hill

I liked the way the light was falling on Hambledon hill in the picture above, it changed all the time.

Trees
Trees

I took several photos of different views, the light was drifting over the hill making some interesting effects. There was some cloud about, at times fairly dark ones but it’s nice to have an interesting sky especially when doing infrared. I’m still experimenting seeing what works well with the infrared most times I think the images work better as black and white rather than coloured but I am going to keep practising.

After I’d taken a few photos of the church and the hill I walked towards Shillingstone towards the Haines-Wilson bridge onto the trailway and past the station then across Bere Marsh and home taking pictures as I went. The infrared certainly gives another dimension to my photography, scenes can look so much different than the usual that’s probably why there is a love-hate relationship with the medium.

Towards Shillingstone
Towards Shillingstone
Haines-Wilson bridge
Haines-Wilson bridge
Tree roots
Tree roots
River Stour, Shillingstone
River Stour, Shillingstone
Field maple
Field maple

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