Woodland Photography In The Mist | Grizedale Forest
A few weeks ago I went into Grizedale forest to scout out some new locations for winter/foggy conditions. I always struggle with woodland photography so having some places picked out ready helps me out a lot. I wanted to get the weird building in the woods, a tree next to a stone wall and then see what else I could find
I spotted a spiders web in a log on the side of the path. I think it caught my eye because the white web stood out against the dark inside the log. I put the macro lens on to the camera and then framed up the photo. There was a slight breeze making it a bit tricky as the shallow depth of field meant I needed a small aperture. Meaning a higher ISO than I would like but that was the only real option available
After the web, I moved up to the tree. I’d scouted out the front view of the wall below the tree. I liked to composition but it felt like there may be other options so I then headed to the other side.
This angle worked out better for me. Not sure why I didn’t scout out this angle the first time but sometimes you miss things. The wall created a bit of a wave shape. Rising up and down with the mist in the trees above with the branches sticking up into it
After getting the composition I was happy with I headed to the weird looking building. Unfortunately, the mist didn’t match up with my expectations so my heart wasn’t in this. If I hadn’t said in the video that this was the plan this photo would never have happened. Not everything goes to plan.
After this, I headed to a track where I’d seen deer footprints with the hopes that they be wandering through the woods. You could hear something walking through the woods but unfortunately, I think I scared them away. Fortunately that meant I headed out of the woods, to get a view that wasn’t part of the plan
Initially, you couldn’t see anything other than white so I got a photo of a tree sticking out from the hillside. A silhouette in the sky against the fog. I thought this was going to be “the view” from this location but it slowly started to clear opening up the view over the trees
There are a few tracks in Grizedale, this was helped with the composition as it snaked down the hill towards the Christmassy trees and mist that was passing through the sky
I swapped over to the 100mm lens and focused on the mist floating through and over the treetops. It was moving quickly so I dropped the shutter speed a little bit slower to capture some of the movement adding more highlights and emphasizing the shadows