Autumn in the new forest is always a treat, there’s fewer people around for starters, and the leaves and autumnal colours are much easier on the eye than the great green swathes of summer. Always plenty to do or see, and the pubs/restaurants serve some of the best food in the UK.
Right, week 2 and I found myself struggling. There doesn’t seem to be many trees about at the moment with Autumnal Leaves. Everything’s still pretty green. Additionally, whilst out and about most of the fields in darkest Essex have been ploughed, and whilst Autumna, aren’t that inspiring.
So, with options 1 and 2 out of the window (and with it a chance to improve my landscape shots) I was forced indoors again for the second week running.
With some help from the wife and kids I acquired some conkers (or chestnuts to the young and PC brigade) which inspired these. Hopefully it doesn’t look like they were just plonked on the bar indoors and next time I will take some setup shots to accompany the explanation.
To provide some balance to the previous post, I thought it prudent to include this one.¬† Sadly, given the number of similar stories that regularly appear in the local and national papers, along with personal experiences of some of my peers over at the forums this information just doesn’t seem to have been taken onboard by a lot of the PCSO’s and regular officers on the beat.
I would also offer the suggestion that when confronted by angry parents/policemen/general public, waving a printed copy of these about and shrugging your shoulders isn’t likely to help.¬† Yes, we as photographers, should stant up for our rights but we should do this by way of education rather than meeting aggression with aggression.
Nothing works better than a reasoned and sensible conversation, offer to show the antagonist(s) your photographs if you think it might help, and try and reason with them.
If, of course, reason fails, there’s always the old fashioned clip round the ear with the tripod apprioach !.