Morning Mist in Bushy Park

Sometimes everything just falls nicely into place ....

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On Monday 10th October 2016 I was off work for the day and set off early for Bushy Park. It's one of my favorite locations as it's fairly local and the gates are open at 6.30am, well before sunrise at this time of year.

The forecast the night before looked good ... a clear sky, cold,  and a misty start to the morning ... just perfect!

When I arrived at the park I could see a layer of mist hanging above the bracken and rising from the lake, and within 15 minutes I was at the edge of the Log O Mutton Pond, camera at the ready.....

I was surprised to see quite a lot of other photographers in the park so early in the morning. Most of them had come armed with lenses as long as telescopes to photography the deer during the Autumn rut.

I did grab a few shots of the deer as the light was amazing but couldn't tear myself away from the lake,.

I kept the camera on a tripod for the morning and used a 5 second timer so that the camera would be as still as possible while taking the shot.

The only problem was the birds on the pond which would leave streaks on the lake if they were moving during a long exposure. I haven't taught ducks how to keep perfectly still yet!


The first shots I took were very pleasing but as the sun started to appear on the horizon it shone through the mist turning it a golden yellow and then a brilliant white.


It soon became too bright to take photos looking directly at the sun so I move around the edge of the lake until the sun and it's reflection were behind the trunk of one of the trees on the far bank.


The light shining through the branches and reflecting on the lake was just astonishing.


I'll keep taking photographs for the remaining 3 months of the year, but I doubt if I'll have a morning to match this one ....


Enjoy the Video .....

The Lighthouse


On Sunday Sunday July 3 2016 there was an opportunity to got some different images of the iconic lighthouse at Beachy Head.

The once a year event was to raise money for the painting of the lighthouse and local charities, and takes places when when a low spring tide occurs at the right time and during daylight hours.

Hundreds of people, including me, made the walk along the rocky beach to get up close and personal with the lighthouse.

In terms of photography it was fantastic. The deep blue sky was decorated with high wispy clouds that really added to the images.

I took a lot of photos of course, but the most pleasing ones were taken with a wide angle lens a couple of inches above some of the rockpools close to the lighthouse. Those images captured the lighthouse and it's reflection in the pool, and the gorgeous sky.

I also took a few videos, rather wobbly ones, that I've uploaded to youtube.....

Get Me to the Church on Time

The Location ...
Someone posted on Facebook a few images of a derelict church in Sussex. So after finding out exactly where it was, I set off at the weekend to grab some shots. It's a pretty amazing sight when you first see it, and it seems to be in a rather odd spot on the side of a hill.

The Idea ...
So a few weeks later I was back at the church, this time with with lovely model Jess who I'd worked with before, and make up artist Jemma to create a Gothic themed shoot.

Jess had come well prepared with a back wig and some great outfits, and I'd acquired some coloured smoke grenades(see link below).

The Set Up....
I used two off camera flash units triggered from a transmitter on top of the camera. One bare flash was directly behind Jess to light up the smoke, and the other was in a softbox in front and just off to one side.


The set up worked well. Despite it being a sunny day, there was enough power in the speedlights to get the look I wanted.

We tried various coloured grenades , as well as white, but my preference was for the images using the blue smoke. We also found that putting the smoke behind the model was much better than having it blow into her face!

Additional Information

Photographer Colin Evans
Model : Jess
Make up Artist : Jemma

Smoke grenades were 'Enola Gaye' wire pull type.
The cheapest place I found for them was a company in Darlington