Love your local patch

[image title=”St Michaels Abbey” size=”thumbnail” id=”676″ align=”center” linkto=”viewer” ]

This image has been published before here on but I just wanted to use it to illustrate today’s post which is about getting the best out of your local “patch” and how to look for the things that aren’t immediately obvious. A theme that we shall revisit from time to time here on the blog. I would also like to let you know that I am currently scheduling a bundle of posts to leave the blog in “auto-pilot” for a little while. Today I return to work and nope I am not really up at midnight writing this and this is the first of a series of automated posts…


Some of us live in breathtaking places and I envy you guys. I would love to walk out of my front door into a mountainous landscape, to step out onto the shores of a breathtaking lake or many other dramatic locations around the UK and yonder. However the reality of it is, many of us live in very ordinary places, simply because we are close to our jobs, family and friends plus not to mention for practicality’s sake. We live in Farnborough which is a very normal town and one that for some may be frustratingly dull when it comes to photography. However it depends on what you look for when out on a shoot and how accessible other places are in your local domain.

For most though, the biggest hurdle is over-coming the complex that where you live is familiar and thus not interesting to you, as you know it all too well. I can sympathise with this, as I often feel this way about where I live.

You can overcome it, as I will try and explain throughout the rest of this article…

[image title=”DERA Clocktower at twilight” size=”thumbnail” id=”722″ align=”center” linkto=”viewer” ]

Night Shoots

If you are feeling frustrated at this time of year because you get home from work and its either getting dark or IS dark, don’t fret, it’s time to embark on a little night photography. If you have never done this sort of thing before give it go, you will enjoy it! You will need a tripod in conjunction with either a cable release or using your self-timer, I quite often use mine if I am travelling light. In fact some places that look dull in the day may really come to life at night.

[image title=”Wellington Statue” size=”thumbnail” id=”831″ align=”center” linkto=”viewer” ]

Floodlighting can really transform subjects into something totally different. Wellington Statue (above) is a famous local landmark which used to be in London and back in the 1800’s was moved to its current location between Farnborough and Aldershot. It looks great during the day but I felt it would look fantastic at night when floodlit and couldn’t see a shot like this on Alamy. So off I went with camera, tripod and cable release and timed my shoot for the latter stages of Twilight.

Go black & white

[image title=”St Michaels Abbey” size=”thumbnail” id=”665″ align=”center” linkto=”viewer” ]

Picture in your mind a grey flat day, drizzle is threatening to break out and you are tempted to stay indoors leacing the camera in the cupboard and besides your local area dosn’t inspire you enough anyway! Don’t! Get out there and visit a local place of interest. If the light is a little poor you can try taking the black and white approach to the world around you. This shot is a prime example as the light was very flat and as a result the image lacked contrast which wasn’t a big problem as this is quite often an ideal scenario. I converted the image to monochrome in Lightroom and spent some time with the tone curve to get the result I was after.

That is all for today, we shall revisit this topic again in the future, as I am currently working on a project along these lines!

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