Last Sunday along with a few people from the camera club we ventured out to Reedham, a small village along the Norfolk Broads near Acle. It was an early start with the alarm set for 6am. Not a huge issue as I get up at 6am daily for work.
It was truly a winters morning with the temperature being -2 and I certainly noticed it while getting the car ready by scraping off the ice and with the door handles being difficult to use. Took sometime to pick up some of the group due to the roads not being gritted which made driving very challenging, luckily the car only slipped once. We soon arrived at Reedham and parked along the free parking by the boat moorings and meetup with the fourth individual for the walk.
I packed both my Nikon D7100 and the Fuji X-E1. As the walk was estimated to be about 5 miles I wanted to avoid the mistake I made while seeing the seals at Blakeney by not carrying any equipment I do not need and keep the weight to a minimum. Emptied the camera bag the previous night and repacked it with both cameras with the 18-105mm lens attached and 105mm macro which I almost left behind and some accessories that I keep in an old pencil case (usefull to keep small items together).
With the temperature being so cold the landscape was frozen solid, including the still water on the broads. Walking was effortless as the earth pathways was like walking on concrete, a complete contrast to walking on sand a few weeks ago along Cley beach for the seal trip.
The landmark we was going to see was Limpenhoe Drainage Mill built in 1831 that was built to drain the surrounding farmland. The windmill is derelict and is slowly decaying, however it was noticed a new door has been installed since one of the group had last visited a few years ago. A high vis jacket is placed right in the middle of the opening making any images of the mill itself worthless which is a shame.
I found the walk itself far more interesting than the mill we were going to see. Being up so early had the full advantage of the weather with the sun not melting away the frost which added to the interest of the landscape and objects. The sky was very clear, clean and crisp which made photographing such a pleasure, it was the most fun ive had in a long time. The quality of the light available was excellent which produced a variety of interesting images and strong colours.
Photographing landscapes is typically best either early in the morning or in the afternoon due to the position of the sun which changes colour and the sun rises and sets. The difficulty is getting up early enough to travel to a location, especially on a Sunday. This trip has given me the inspiration to make more of an effort to get out and explore more, especially in the morning.
As I have recently discovered, exploring in the winter is fun and interesting with the colder weather creating a different feel to images.
I hardly used the Fuji due to still getting used to the controls as I have yet to master the bracketing functions to create HDR images which I do when creating landscape images. Also the Nikon controls are easier to use while wearing gloves and i've yet to own a lens that is wide enough for landscapes for the Fuji.