Location Hunting in the New Forest
This weekend I was in the new forest scouting out locations to shoot. Location hunting is something that’s very important when on assignment we can’t always work in a studio and its often better to go out on location that’s the only way to get the shots. I personally almost never use a studio I much prefer being on location. You never know what challenges you will face. You never know what the weather will be like or what challenges you might face. Some where like the new forest the parking is no where near any of the good sites so you have to do a lot of walking and you have to be prepared for anything.
Make sure you pack everything you might need for the day yes you have to carry it and it might be heavy but if you forget anything you might find your self in a lot of trouble. A golden lesson to learn is always have a spare battery and make sure you charge all power cells the night before a shoot. Luckily so far I haven’t been caught shoot with out spare batteries yet. I can’t say the same of my friend another photographer who was with me that weekend also shooting landscape with me wile I was in the filed. Approximately one mile from the car at the bottom of a valley his batteries died and we had to return to the care to charge them on the way back nearly drowning in a boggy marsh anther lesson don’t stray from the paths if your not prepared. We was lucky we wasn’t on a scheduled shoot so no models to worry about and had the time to spare we was laughing about it on our way back to the car.
I think you should never let a opportunity for good photography pass you by so even though we I was only there to find locations I took the opportunity to take some good landscape photographs that I’m quite proud of.
Wile I was there I also had a chance to try something new and attempted to shoot star trails I will admit I’ve never dun it before nor had I read up on it but its not often you find your self under a sky with no light pollution on a perfectly clear nigh we could even see the milky way with the naked eye. We set out equipment up and tried to shoot with different settings I had one big problem I didn’t have a cable release so I had to use duct tape to hold the shutter down wile set on bulb mode I think I got some good results despite not knowing what I was doing I think its something I’d like to try again some time.
And as alsways for the full set of images from that day vist my Flickr Account