John Passmore Photography is based in the beautiful Cotswolds and offers a wide range of photographic services.
I cycle a 10 mile circuit most days around Badminton Estate and today I was lucky enough to meet this lovely roe deer in the woods. Roe deer are native to Britain, having been present since before the Mesolithic period. Forest clearance and over-hunting led to roe deer becoming extinct in England by 1800 but remained in wooded patches in Scotland. Several reintroductions during Victorian times and their subsequent, natural spread aided by an increase in woodland and forest planting in the 20th century has meant that roe deer have become widespread and abundant today. There are plenty around where I live. They are naturally shy but they can often be seen gazing out in the open fields at dawn and dusk.
The Badminton Estate lies in the heart of the Gloucestershire countryside and is home to the Duke and Duchess of Beaufort. The House dates from the 17th century and is set in a beautiful deer park which hosts the world famous Badminton Horse Trials. The game of Badminton was invented in the house in 1863. I'm lucky enough to live a 5 minute cycle away and there's no better way to start or sometimes end the day than to pass through the beautiful country roads around the estate.
At this time of year, colour is at a premium as everything seems to possess a rather bland winter wash - and especially on a rather grey day like today. However, the lovely, bright green of this moss stopped me in my tracks and i couldn't resist capturing it. I love the the long perspective that the wall provides and it makes for an interesting image. Perspective is important in an image and strong lead-in lines provide much depth and interest to a shot.
I used a Lumix G3 which is such a wonderfully light camera for carrying around on a bike rather than my heavy pro-gear. It's known as a four thirds system. The Micro Four Thirds System is a new standard based on combining Live View shooting with the Four Thirds System, freeing users from the viewfinder and moving closer to an optimum balance between picture quality and compact size. With the Micro Four Thirds System, more people will be able to enjoy the excitement of interchangeable lenses and system extension capabilities that only SLR photography can offer, while still benefiting from the convenience and high portability of ordinary fixed-lens compact cameras.
The bottom line is that you get a compact-size camera with interchangeable lenses and digital SLR quality!
All photos taken with a Lumix G3
Winter can seem like a long, dark and cold trudge for some, but for photographers, winter serves up many icy delights! I was recently walking through Badminton Estate, near our home in the Cotswolds when I caught a glimpse of this lovely view through the forest.
The lighting can be harsh when the washed out sunlight dominates but find a duller day and the light casts a softer wash across the landscape.
Look out for the tell-tale prints of rabbits and their nemesis the wily fox. Foxes can struggle for food when it's very cold and only last week we lost our lovely Betty Blue (a prolific layer) to the hungry predator.
February shivers to a close next week and there is the welcome anticipation of warmer times to come. I'm looking forward to a blistering hot summer, lazy days in the garden all washed down with an icy beer. I fear I may wait in vain.
I'm busy looking for a farmer to work with to create a visual record of a year on a Cotswold farm. Farms offer a strong link to the land and the people who work it. I plan a local exhibition of the work sometime next year. Meantime I will make the most of this wonderful winter ...
Taken with Nikon D3X