Landscapes


A perfectly landscaped garden at Hampton Court Palace. On the path leading up to a big fountain, there are 3 people talking amongst themselves.
A perfectly landscaped garden at Hampton Court Palace. On the path leading up to a big fountain, there are 3 people talking amongst themselves.

A perfectly landscaped 18th century garden

When we went to Hampton Court Palace, we visited William III’s apartments. On the second floor, there was a window open showing us what William III would have looked out of his window to see. This is how I took this photograph.

Lightning never strikes the same place twice

One night, just as we were preparing to go asleep, we heard rumbles of thunder in the distance. A storm was coming. My sister looked outside my bedroom window, where you tend to get the best views should there be a storm (or any weather event, for that matter.)

Neither of us knew anything about how to photograph lightning, so we just waited until it struck and then held down the shutter. We tried with various settings, and eventually we got a very close attempt with this shot. (It’s not big and obvious where the lightning is, but it’s on the left and you can just faintly see it in the middle/on the right.)


A weak bolt of lightning (which was quite strong at the time) on the left, the rest of it hidden by the silhouettes of the trees, middle and right.
A weak bolt of lightning (which was quite strong at the time) on the left, the rest of it hidden by the silhouettes of the trees, middle and right.
A large house made of stone in the background, and a lake with some people on the bank in the foreground.
A large house made of stone in the background, and a lake with some people on the bank in the foreground.
Trees with their orange, green and yellow leaves sitting on the riverbank of a large lake.
Trees with their orange, green and yellow leaves sitting on the riverbank of a large lake.
A clear river sits in the foreground, with a large variety of trees - bare and with leaves - in the background.
A clear river sits in the foreground, with a large variety of trees – bare and with leaves – in the background.
A bare tree sits in the middle of the picture, surrounded by dark green hills which also have trees.
A bare tree sits in the middle of the picture, surrounded by dark green hills which also have trees.
The sun gleams into the camera, creating a silhouette of the mountainous landscape.
The sun gleams into the camera, creating a silhouette of the mountainous landscape.
A bare tree sits in the middle of the picture, surrounded by dark grey hills which also have trees.
A bare tree sits in the middle of the picture, surrounded by dark grey hills which also have trees.

When I took the photo (above), it was a very foggy day. Although it looks like it was taken in January or February, it was actually taken at the beginning of April. At the time, I was in a rush to take these photographs as I didn’t know when the fog would lift (it didn’t lift until around 2pm that afternoon – and even then, there was still some mist.)

During the editing stage, I decided to make both a high-contrast version and a black-and-white version. Which one do you prefer?

A wide lake surrounded by trees on two separate islands, with the lake leading off into the distance, which is unclear due to the fog.
A wide lake surrounded by trees on two separate islands, with the lake leading off into the distance, which is unclear due to the fog.
A few trees laying on grass has the sun shine down on them.
A few trees laying on grass has the sun shine down on them.
A wide lake surrounded by trees on two separate islands, with the lake leading off into the distance, which is unclear due to the fog.
A wide lake surrounded by trees on two separate islands, with the lake leading off into the distance, which is unclear due to the fog.