What I like to photograph most is the natural world around me. Landscape photography – that’s what I love! But it’s not just panoramic shots of the countryside which I try to capture – though there are plenty of incredible views in the exquisite Wiltshire landscape where I live, and I do try to do them justice with my photographs – it’s the patterns in nature that grab my attention. It’s the lines and the shapes.
Lines like the tractor tracks through a field of oilseed rape ….
Yellow is the Colour of Spring in Wiltshire
Oilseed rape is a relatively “new” crop to the United Kingdom, it certainly wasn’t a feature of agricultural life when I was growing up. But now, it’s everywhere, and I for one love it! In the morning light, like the shot above, which I took on my drive to work, when it’s bright and “zingy”; or in the light of the setting sun, when it’s golden and warm, like this shot from Salisbury Plain …
The Way Through the Field of Gold
Or stripes of colour in new, bright green crops ….
Then of course there are the ploughed furrows leading the eye to the next hedgerow ….
Wide Wale Corduroy
– these are some of the straight(ish) lines I love!
There are so many other lines all around – the aforementioned hedgerows, byways and roads, strip lynchets and fences – these are all part of the countryside that make my shutter finger leap into action. But I shall leave those to another day ….
If you’d like to see more of my leading lines, you can take a look at my Flickr page and search for “lines”.