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Mist at Bodiam

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Heading home on a cold clear Friday night, I thought there would be a good chance of mist the next morning. So, alarm set for 6am I set out for Bodiam castle. The weather didn’t disappoint.

I arrived while it was still relatively dark, so I set up the camera and tripod using the light from the car boot before trundling off toward the castle.

Though my main focus was to capture any mist coming off the moat, I did stop to take one or two shots looking out across the fields.

 I decided to use the foliage to frame my a lot of my shots, as the sky, looking from the south east corner,  was pretty plain. It wasn’t until I walked round to the north west corner, that the sky proved to be a little more dramatic (once the sun had started to rise above the layer of mist). It was here that I bumped into another photographer, who I had a nice chat with as we snapped away.

All shots were taken at 10mm (crop sensor) and filtered with a 3 stop ND grad. (See phone snap below)

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Flood reflection

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Flood Reflection.

Filter: Cokin ND4 Grad. Processed using Lightroom 5.7

As the light got brighter I switched from using my ND8 grad to the ND4 and eventually an ND2 (for my castle shot a couple posts back). I always work in manual for my landscape work and so continuous reassessment of light levels is needed to get a good and balanced exposure to ensure the atmosphere of the scene is not lost. It was in this location that I had the most difficulty with frost forming on my filter due to being down a bank with the mist rising from the river.  As usual, more cloud in the sky would have been nice. It’ll all come together eventually.

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Ice cold morning

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Tranquility. Looking out across a flooded field at Bodiam, East Sussex.

Cokin ND4 grey grad filter, processed in Lightroom 5.7.

I made a spur of the moment decision today to head out to nearby Bodiam. The sky was clear and there was a heavy frost covering everything, including my car, of which a good 10 minutes was taken up defrosting the windscreen. I arrived after a short but careful drive just in time for first light, I put on my hat, gloves and wellies, grabbed my camera gear and quickly set up to start photographing.  The light was fairly even but to bring up the foreground grasses (trapped in ice and covered with frost) I decided to put on a ND4 (2 stop) graduated grey filter. ND Grads are an invaluable accessory for any landscape photographer and I really encourage you to invest in a filter system of some kind if you can.

I took a fair amount of similar shots to this, making slight adjustments in both composition and focal length (using my Sigma 10-20mm EX f4-5.6) but standing in the freezing cold meant that my fingers and toes started to go numb. This told me that I had been taking pictures in the same spot for far too long and it was high time I moved on to capture something else and my feet and fingers thanked me for it.

Other than my extremities getting a tad cold I had a really peaceful and pleasant time photographing. The only thing I encountered was that ice kept building up on the ND filter as well as on the top of my camera, so every few minutes I found myself having to wipe the filter with a lens cloth.  Never leave home without one.

I’ll be posting more shots from today over the next few posts.

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