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The Royal Oak – Richmond Park

The Royal Oak – Richmond Park

The Royal Oak – Richmond Park – A stormy glimpse of an ancient friend.

Jo and I try to walk in Richmond Park as often as we can. Last Sunday afternoon there was changeable weather over the park and I was rewarded with this shot of the Royal Oak.
For those of you not from the United Kingdom. Richmond Park is a natural park:

“Richmond Park is London’s largest Royal Park and the largest urban park in Europe, covering an area of 2,500 acres. It is a National Nature Reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest, of both national and international importance for wildlife conservation.”

Get out there!

Get out there!

A royal celebration…

Even on the bleakest of days there’s something to shoot.

Here’s a black & white of Coronation Plantation in Richmond Park, snapped on the mobile, and graded in Adobe Camera RAW.

It’s amazing what can be achieved with the most basic kit that we all carry.

Talon Oak – Richmond Park

Talon Oak – Richmond Park

Pollarded Oak – Richmond Park

Jo and I call it the Talon Oak. On our many walks amongst the trees we often stumble across a tree that is slowly returning to the soil. Most of these appear bedraggled and beaten. This tree has been pollarded by the rangers, I suspect for safety reasons.

When viewed from the trail it reminded me of a falcon’s talon, not sad and beaten, but strong, with presence and with purpose.

Subtle colours of an English sky

Subtle colours of an English sky

Tercentenary Plantation – Richmond Park

I’ve always though that, as a nation, we miss the essential beauty that is rendered by our overcast skies.

Jo and I were walking and shooting in Richmond Park this evening and, as is not unusual, the sky was overcast. The sun was setting, giving a muted colour palette as it stretched across the sky.

The light through the trees was full of subtle colours, so I shot up, through the bare trees, using my mental mobile phone with its unbridled passion for colours. It picks up the slightest colours a accentuates them. So, a silvered and golden sky, as opposed to a slate grey sky… I think?

It’s a RAW deal.

It’s a RAW deal.

It’s a RAW Deal – The walk was in the Isabella in Richmond Park. I went to see how the Azaleas are coming along, but I was much too early in the season. Unfortunately, the sun went behind the clouds as I entered the plantation, and it began to rain. I persevered and took a few shots of the babbling brook, as it meandered it’s way through the valley, with my mobile phone camera. It’s a Huawei NOVA 5T

UK Lockdown v2.0 – The Final Walk 8.11.20

UK Lockdown v2.0 – The Final Walk 8.11.20

A summary of our Lockdown v2 Walk

Just before the second Lockdown here in the UK Jo and I went on a walk around Richmond Park. We realised how difficult it had been for some people to take exercise in beautiful places and that we were so lucky to live near the Richmond Park.

So, we set off, snapping as we went, with the intention of posting a lovely image every day so that people could share in our good fortune of living tnear the park.

This Article is the sum total of all of those individual daily articles. I have removed the individual posts to make it easier to see the images as a folio.

The long view during a long walk

The long view during a long walk

The long view during a long walk – Here’s another mobile phone shot taken yesterday during our long walk in Richmond Park.
Jo an I set out around 5.30pm to take in the evening a this was the view from the top of the hill looking out over South West London and surrey. For a change the deer was gathered in the foreground.

“Let’s get it straight!”

“Let’s get it straight!”

Too late to televise the revolution?

First, a little background: Back in the day I had the privilege to work with some great photographers. Also, I spent quite a few years working for British Rail, initially as an assistant to Paul K Childs, and after a year or two, as an architectural photographer, recording listed buildings for the architects’ department in Croydon. It was a real joy to see these railway structures around the United Kingdom.

More about that another day…

I also worked with Paul Biddle on his complex and beautiful still life work. In both cases I was trained to use complex 5×4 plate camera systems like Sinar amongst others.