Sunday morning, my husband has been away for two weeks at this point with work, and there is another week to go. The kids are fed and are watching TV, I open the curtains and see that the sun is actually shining for what seems like the first time in a week and it looks magical outside! Quick quick, everyone get dressed! Let’s go and take some photos!!
We all jumped in the car, dog included and were in the park which is only a few minutes from home by 8am. The light was amazing that morning, a little mist lingering in the air, the sun just rising above the trees, and sending those astonishing beams of light through the falling leaves. One of those rare moments when the light is a tangible element, you could almost reach out and touch it.
The boys were having so much fun, kicking and throwing leaves, dragging huge branches around, throwing sticks for the dog. We were out for almost an hour, and as the sun rose higher, it was actually really warm in the Autumn sunshine.
It’s days like this that make me thankful for photography. We turned the TV off, we ran around, and laughed and played in the sunshine. Happy days. Then home for a big, well deserved second breakfast.
The technical bit – I shot these images with my Nikon D610 in manual mode, with Nikon 70-200mm 2.8 and Sigma 35mm 1.4 ART lenses. I find my 70-200 struggles a little to focus when shooting into the light, but I am addicted to the compression it gives especially at the longer focal lengths, and the separation of the subject from the background is amazing, so it’s worth grappling with a little! I actually manually focused it for the shots of the leaves and cobwebs. My ISO remained on 160 throughout. I edited in Lightroom without using any presets, but I altered the saturation and tones of the greens a little to enhance the Autumnal tones, and I used the adjustment brush to increase the clarity a little over those gorgeous rays of light.
What would have been your favourite lens to use on this occasion? How do you like to edit? I’d love to hear from you! Hannah x