Photography Lessons - A Winter Walk Times the Shot
Living nearby we often visit the refuge for family walks and I usually bring my camera with me. This partictular image was taken on New Years Eve, when I visited the Patuxent Research Refuge with my young son. It was cold but very clear. I have stood at this edge of Cash Lake many times. I knew there was a decent photograph to be captured but I could never capture the depth of the view because the foliage in the background trees melded with the green of the pines in the foreground. The view always came out flattened. It was only in taking this image in the winter, when the background trees had lost all thier leaves that I finally found the depth I was looking for. It goes to show that timing is really important in photography and that it's worth revisiting the same places at different times of year.
Patuxent Research Refuge
The Patuxent Research Refuge lies just outside Washington DC, near Greenbelt. Established to research and protect US habitats and wildlife the refuge manages a number of different sites that represent different types of habitat. As well as being a working research site Patuxent Refuge acts as an educational center with great interactive exhibits.
This image, taken at the Patuxent Research Refuge, was created from a HDR composite of five images taken at 0.7 step intervals on a SOny A7R and a 50mm lens.