Woodmizer Magic

This week, I have mostly been involved in making boards using a Woodmizer.  Well… I haven’t made the boards, that was left to a skilled operator.  I just operated the fork lift to move things around, and throw the slab wood in piles.  But it’s been a good 3 days that I have been involved and everyone can be proud of our efforts.  This is a photo of one our our bigger trunks.  Impressive!



How Far Should You Go?

The majority of photos needs a touch up (unless you know what you are doing or are Amazon of course with the patent for photographing an object against a white background. It needs no touching up.)

I took the photo below which was more for the record of the area rather than get a great photo.  I probably would have gone at a different time of day to try and achieve better light if I had time.  It’s underexposed (deliberately) and the sky was a wash out.



I decided I would replace the sky…. I’ve never been keen on this because I think it detracts from the effort that a photographer puts in to get the perfect shot.  If you’ve only got one chance to get a photo though, should it be okay to put in a new sky?  Probably yes as long as you don’t enter the photo into a competition. I used a combination of Photoshop and Lightroom to alter the photo.




Woodland Abstract

This was an attempt at some Abstract Photography!  I think everyone has had a go at this.  Slowish shutter speed and rotate your camera upwards.  It is quite a nice effect though.  I especially liked the curved trees at the edges.

I did do a couple of changes in Lightroom.

1) Decreased the Clarity

2) Applied a Split Tone.  Blues in the shadows, orange in the highlights.

3) Applied a small vignette.


Woodland Abstract


The Obligatory Bluebell Shot….

At this time of year, it’s important to go out and capture the bluebells that carpet this green and pleasant land.  I have a good reason to be satisfied with the bluebells this year, because this area in the photo is one that I have worked on as part of my volunteering with National Trust.  We have cleared and expanded the ride through the woods – mainly to help the butterflies move around, but as a bonus it helps the bluebells because of the extra sunlight.Bluebells


Mottisfont – Where’s The River Test??

I paid a visit to Mottisfont House and Gardens this morning.  This is where I volunteer on a Monday, mainly in the countryside.  The River Test, famous for its fishing, runs through the estate, and I’ve been watching it gradually encroach into the surrounding fields.  The change between Monday and today, is astonishing and now the fields are completely flooded.  The UK has been at the receiving end of a conveyor belt of storms coming across the Atlantic, and many areas are flooded, in some cases up to five metres deep.  It’s difficult to predict when the floods may even start to recede.  We had a storm most of yesterday afternoon and evening, and the water from that will take a couple of days to filter down.




BTEC – The ‘New’ New Forest

This was completed for “People in the Countryside”.  It depicts a group of volunteers planting new trees in the New Forest in Hampshire, England.  This was based on a photo I saw in the National Portrait Gallery in London called “Actors’ last Supper” by Alistair Morrison.  I liked how everyone was doing something different in a posed shot.  This wasn’t posed so though and it worked out really well.



‘Resuscitare’ is a new sculptural installation at Mottisfont House and Gardens in Hampshire by Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva.  These are five trunks that have been in the woods on the Mottisfont estate for some time,  and have been extracted from the woods, cleaned, patterned with gold gilding, and then buried in the ground in a circle (within an existing beach tree circle) with the roots at the top.  My contribution was digging the holes to put the trunks into!  This is my slightly different view of the installation.  Terrific work, with the help of Mottisfont staff and volunteers, and well worth a trip up to Mottisfont to see it.


‘The Twelve’

I love this.  This was created by two of the countryside volunteers at the National Trust’s Mottisfont House and Gardens in Hampshire.  It’s mother nature at it’s best.   These are posts that have been sitting in the river for… well I’m not sure how long for.  The bottom of the posts which were in the mud have been preserved and the tops which were out of the water haven’t been touched, but the middles have been worn away by the relentless flow of the river.  I think this is fantastic.

The Twelve