Our studio is just round the corner from Victoria Park, Stafford’s town park. We try to go for a 10 minute walk every day, and we usually walk through the park. As a photographer, I can’t help but always look for a photo that could be taken. During autumn the park really stands out, and the variety of trees give a real mix of colours.
I originally went out at around 9.00am, and whilst the light was very nice, it wasn’t lighting the park very well. At this point I knew I was wasting my time, and I had to wait it out. I went back at around 12.30pm, and the park was lit much better, allowing me to get a good shutter speed handheld, and a balanced exposure.
Victoria Park is extremely well managed, flowerbeds etc are continuously being maintained and replaced for different seasons, on this particular morning the flowerbeds were part way through being completely replaced. Another thing that I’ve noticed about the park is the fact that it is very rarely vandalised, which really helps in making it a pretty nice place to visit. I’d had my eye on the red tree (above), as I knew it would make a great subject for a shot of the park. The variety of different trees in the park meant that there is a nice contrast of colours in the above shot.
Whilst I may take the park for granted, as I’m sure the majority would agree, I am really glad to work so close to it. During the summer it’s great to go for a quick lap and take 10 minutes out of a busy day to gather your thoughts.