Lunch at Petworth Park, West Sussex

My move towards compact mirrorless camera systems is proving fruitful and I can’t begin to say what a relief it is to be free of heavy DSLR kit and lenses on many of my assignments and personal outings. A great many professional photographers are going down this route and our poor old muscles and joints are thanking us for it. And with that in mind I was travelling nice and light today with my Olympus OMD EM-5.

And what a glorious day we’ve had today in the South – given that beautiful days are something of a rarity now in the UK, I took the opportunity to enjoy an extended lunch break. Petworth House and Park is just up the road from my home in West Sussex, and it makes for a wonderful retreat. After a hearty lunch in the restaurant we left for a brisk walk around the park and lake. I have a couple of new photographers who I mentor and today we were exploring familiar surroundings. One of the hardest things for newcomers to master is the ability to “see” a shot, particularly if they have taken pictures of that particular scene before. But if you relax and look around you, there’s always something waiting to be photographed, even in the most everyday location. Today we talked about different ways of photographing the same subject – we can often gain a very different look and feel to an image simply by waiting for the light to change or by waiting for something else to enter the frame. Wildlife, people and dogs can make wonderfully dynamic additions to a shot, transforming an otherwise bland scene into something much more interesting. Just after lunch the light rapidly started to fade as it does at this time of year and it was interesting to watch the colours change almost by the minute.

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