APRIL 2021

Winter Returns
Winter Returns !
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April usually conjures up old sayings like " April Showers " a month that has changeable and showery weather. On 1st of April it was like a blizzard, freezing cold and felt more like December ! as you can see in this months photograph !
Looking out from the cosy confines of home at the driving snow it made sense to stay indoors all cosy and warm, however, I decided a walk through our local wood might make for some moody atmospheric shots. I wanted to capture the driving snow as it tumbled from the leaden skies.
I could use a very fast shutter speed to capture the flakes as they fell but I chose to do a slightly long exposure which blurs the snowflakes into long white streaks adding a bit of mood to the scene. I did get tripod and myself set up under a tree for a slight bit of shelter from the elements.
The first week in April continued much the same so I did spend several days in the woodland.
By mid month it was a bit more settled, bright sunshine and bright cloudless blue skies which are a joy to behold but not so good for landscape photography.
By this time of year I have to change my habits....one of which is more difficult. I have to motivate myself to get out for sunrise or for sundown and the blue hour. The latter being no problem but of course sunrise is earlier and that means in April getting up at 3.30 - 4am to be on location an hour before sunrise.
The mornings are still very frosty and icy.....so no sunrise shots yet ! Perhaps in May !
Travel restrictions lifted this month too which is great. I had a trip to Strathdearn with a photography colleague really to scout the area for compositions. I like to have a good wander about a new area, check where the sun will be at certain times of the day, and look for interesting
areas for shots. It's a beautiful place and as soon as the weather is favourable I shall return....probably more than once there is so much to photograph !
The end of the month is .....yep ! April showers ! cold and miserable ! I do hope May will be a little warmer and kinder !

Photograph " Winter Returns" Evanton Wood

Until next month take care and stay safe.