Lockdown 2...Day 2...05:30. I was suddenly awake and decided to take a look out of the window.
I could not see very much at all, except mist. Lots of it. That was all I needed to make my mind up and a little over 30 minutes later I parked the car by Beddington Park, got out my camera bag, felt pretty chuffed that I had remembered my tripod 😏 and set off to take a few early morning photographs.
I was not alone. There were joggers all over the place. All had their headlamps on and many had these new red lights on their backs. I would need to avoid these getting into my shots.
I was pondering where to begin and then it was obvious.. to start right by my car:
The church was lit up and there was a hint of colour in the sky. Here is the result. You can see it was a cold start to the day. I also wanted to make sure that the streetlamp light was kept at a minimum so that took a bit of moving about and them some fine-tuning in post-processing.
When I walk in Beddington Park, it is often difficult to think of it being a place that offers many different photographs but I knew the mist would help and I just about found another composition as I went along the path towards the Wandle and the wildlife island.
I chose to leave the left-hand bush in the final image as it adds a little more colour.
There is one spot in the park where the mist adds so much and that it the area around the water where the Wandle leaves the park and the bridge by the wildlife island. I made sure to take my time and walk around first before getting any more images, hoping the mist would also be happy to stay that little bit longer. By now, the dog walkers had joined the joggers and many were happy to say hello and exchange a few words.
The mist was most obliging and gave me the chance to get a few more shots than I had expected.
As it was clearing, there were still many good places to put the tripod down and see what I could capture.
Eventually, the light grew brighter and I knew there was not much longer for me to get some shots that would hopefully have the right atmosphere.
So it was one more walk around the water before heading home and I found a good place to stand and wait for something to happen; there were so many birds up and about by now as well:
The image above was what I was looking to get, especially the splashes as the goose landed.
Well, that was enough. Two great hours and a few images that I was happy to have. On the way back to the car, there was one more shot that I saw looming in front of me. It was not easy to compose but I was pleased to get a great sky to help out.
Things, like a walk in the park, are often a great way to start the day and as is often the case, it was a spontaneous decision as I had looked at the weather forecast the night before and did not see anything that was going to make such an early start worthwhile. I just happened to be awake and alert at 05;30 and so was able to get two hours in which to be out and about with my camera gear. And all just a few minutes away from my front door.
I hope you enjoy the images above.