Recce: Park Wood

It is an absolute age since I produced a video from one of my recces. Indeed, it’s a while since I did anything relating to video at all. So, this is overdue and no doubt suffering a little from lack of practice. Perhaps this should be called the “rusty” cut!

I have been aware of Elland Park Woods for many years and drive past them regularly but despite them being very close to home had not  paid them a visit until last weekend. I haven’t yet full worked out the access points for the woods, but this time last year I saw an advertisement for a bluebell walk through the woods and noted that the meeting place was the crematorium car park. I was too late for that year but made a mental note which is why I was parking in the crematorium car park at 8.20 on a Sunday morning.

As you will see the bluebells are not yet out in force but [spoiler alert] the woods offer a lot of potential for me over the year in all sorts of weather.

Drizzly day on Calder & Hebble (8 images)

Another grey, drizzly day but I still wanted some exercise so headed down to the canal with a couple of Fuji cameras in the bag.

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The following images were all taken with the full-spectrum Fuji X-T1 using the Fotga variable infrared filter at either 530nm or 720nm.

© Dave WhenhamFull-spectrum. Another grey, drizzly day. Fotga @ 720nmFull-spectrum. Another grey, drizzly day. Fotga @ 530nmFull-spectrum. Another grey, drizzly day. Fotga @ 530nmFull-spectrum. Another grey, drizzly day. Fotga @ 530nm

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A panorama using 7 handheld frames and stitched in Photoshop
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Finally, a false-colour IR image – the same one from which the mono above was created.

Canal – mono (1 image)

Down to the canal for the first time in months this morning. The “Blue Hour”, all fifteen minutes of it, passed whilst I was driving back to Elland from Halifax but I was delighted to find a moody sky and knew exactly where to go to take advantage of it.

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The canal is one of my favourite sources of photographic inspiration and prior to last November I was down there several times a month. This was my first visit in almost three months and whilst I didn’t wander far from the car it was a real joy to be there. The moody mono being the icing on the cake.