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White Lodge - The London Ballet School - Richmond Park

Updated: Feb 15, 2020

Winter has arrived.

The Oaks have shed their leaves. Last week's autumn posts seem like a distant memory. This shot gives an indication of the cold and stormy day on sunday. In fact the heavens did not open up. It managed to maintain a threatening look, accompanied by an intermittent drizzle, but no downpour.

White Lodge Richmond Park

White Lodge - The Royal Ballet School - Richmond Park

Recently, I've been pushing myself to use my little Lumix compact in these situations. When I bought it I knew it didn't have a very long reach. I sold it to myself by thinking I'd use it for reportage. Wide angle Magnum type stuff... but to be honest, it's not really for me.

I find myself constantly at the long end of the zoom, jonesing for more. In spite of this and knowing the limitations I pocket it anyway. With this in mind, I am trying to explore the other end of the lens. Here's quite a nice extreme shot of White Lodge, the Royal Ballet School in Richmond Park (uncropped).
You could visit the park a thousand times and not come across it. One of the best views of it is from the top of the Sawyer's Hill near Richmond Gate. You can experience the lodge and the full Arcadian landscape from there. If you are up for a walk you can walk from there all the way down the hill towards the lodge.

I posted this image as the darkened sky dominated the day, so I thought I'd try and use the natural polarization effect that wide angles afford, to emphasise and add to it's impact on the day.

I hope you enjoy viewing the image - Colin

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  1. Ian henry

    could be a colorama background

    Storm Clouds detail

    • Mr Colin Anthony

      I see what you mean Ian.

      I do like the polarizing effect that “wide angle” affords, making it a little mottled, soft and dark, but I’m looking to do much more telephoto work next year. Gotta love image compression with longer lenses, but that means taking the A7R mk III and the 70-200! Even though it’s mirrorless, it’s really heavy. Jo and I are looking at trying a SONY RX100 mk VII. Loads more reach in a chocolate bar chassis. It promises to be the cure for the common cold… Apparently?



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