October Squares

a Kind of Surprise

This gorgeous stag was photographed by my daughter in Bushy Park, in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, during the heat wave in the summer. She was sitting right next to this tree, and said the deer came down to drink in the river too, despite a lot of people being around. I envy him those antlers, how handy to be able to scratch your own back!

Bushy Park is one of London’s eight Royal Parks and Red and Fallow Deer still roam freely throughout the park, just as they did when Henry VIII used to hunt here.

KindaSquare is the theme this month as Becky is hoping we might, in the final squares of 2020, encourage and promote kindness.  A year I don’t think any of us will forget in a hurry. Still a few days left if you want to join in. Just click on the link.

2020 Photo Challenge #43

October’s theme / technique: Seascapes

This can be your typical beach scene of blue water, white sand and beach umbrellas, or it can be more dramatic. Above all make sure you are safe and not likely to be cut off by the tide if you go wandering along the shoreline. Winter storms can make for dramatic shots of waves breaking over a promenade or against the cliffs, but don’t take risks.

Consider three essentials – place, time and means. The most important being place. To discover the perfect position you might have to take your time. When you see a view that looks promising, put your camera away, slow down, walk and look, walk a little more and look a little harder.

    • You might like to soften the water or freeze the waves..
    • Rocky outcrops, lighthouses, surfers, lifeguards all make good subjects

If you are unable to take seascapes or don’t have any in the archives that you would like to use then by all means substitute seascapes with landscapes. This week substitute the beach for woodlands or rolling hills.

This month's final assignment - try capturing the waves: either crashing dramatically against the rocks or a pier, surfers riding the waves, or gentle waves lapping on the seashore. Look out for someone or something that might add interest.  

Hardy surfers and paddle-boarders at Porthleven during stormy winter weather. (with a bi-colour effect applied)

Waves crashing over the pier in Porthleven. Not a place you want to be standing in a storm!

Gentler waves lapping the shore at Gwithian beach in the autumn.

If you would like to join in with the 2020 photo challenge then please take a look at my 2020 Photo Challenge page. No complicated rules, just a camera required 🙂

    • Create your own post with some information about how you composed the shot.
    • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
    • Add the tag #2020PhotoChallenge so everyone can find your entry easily in the WP Reader
    • Get your post(s) in by the end of the week, as the new theme begins next Sunday on Black and White Photography.