It had rained all week, so a decent hike had been out of the question. So when the forecast for Saturday was dry, we ensured we were up extra early and of out the door.
We drove the short distance to our usual parking spot at the edge of town, and crossed the motorway via the footbridge. We had already decided that our usual route through the heart of the woods would be a mud bath, so we had elected to walk a different circular walk around some quiet country roads.
We made our way along the cycle path alongside the main road, before turning away into the woodland on a quiet, rarely used road. The noise of the main road soon disappeared and was replaced by the sound of birds and the breeze in the trees.
It was a perfect day for hiking, not so much for photography, as the skies were a little dull and uninspired. We did however see a few wild flowers to photograph as we headed down into the valley. I used the 18-55mm lens and as usual with the Nikon, I under exposed a little bit to ensure I got a good histogram that could be edited later.
No fancy filters in place today, just checking the settings to ensure correct exposure, and working on composition. I took a couple of landscape shots as we climbed back out of the valley, lots of green and grey.
I did manage to find a good spot to let Lensball have a play. Composition was a little tricky, I wanted focus on Lensball, but wanted the image to be framed by the trees, this meant the foreground was a little darker than I would have liked, but by ensuring I had under exposed the foreground, rather than over exposing the brighter sky – it was an easy edit in Lightroom to fix.
A few miles on, we made some new friends in the form of some cute alpacas. They made perfect subjects, and waited patiently while I swapped to the 70-300mm lens, so I could get close, and capture all the details.
Again, nothing fancy in the settings here, just checking the exposure, and using back button focus to focus on the alpacas eyes.
Our hike continued, back up the hill to the main road, and eventually back to the car – a good 6-7 miles and another good learning day with the D5600.