The River Severn in Flood – Part 2

 

As I was on holiday today I had more time to go for a walk. When the Severn is in Flood it is most dramatic at either end of the village. Today I planned to walk to where I was yesterday, to see how much the river had risen and then along to the other end to see what it was like there.  What a difference a day makes !

 

The river had risen so high that not only could I not get to where I was yesterday but I had to double back on myself and take a different route to get to the other end of the village.

 

 

Lunchtime Walk

 

Being stuck in lockdown and not seeing friends, family and colleagues makes getting outside for some fresh air and exercise really important. Occasionally I combine my walk with work calls where I can talk and walk at the same time but today I went out at lunchtime and took my camera. The aim was to get a shot for my Lensbaby 365 project. January is turning into a mini project of 31 days with a Sweet optic. Today I had the sweet 50 optic on my camera.

 

As we prepare for the next storm to approach and are braced for flooding across the country its amazing how much water was around and how wet and muddy the paths are after some overnight rain. I also came across an interesting old iron gate and an unusual sculpture.

 

 

Dog day

It wasn’t great day for photos yesterday. It was dull and overcast but was supposed to brighten up later.

Having pre-ordered the new Lensbaby Sweet 80 optic, I was playing with the Sweet 35 and Sweet 50 to get used to moving the sweet spot. It’s tricky to get the hang of and I haven’t used these lenses much recently.

There wasn’t much inspiration on the common, the summer flowers are passed but the autumn colours are just beginning to turn. The dogs always play with a ball as we pass the playing field and then charge about chasing each other. I set the sweet spot to the centre of the frame and the focal distance where I thought they would cut across in front of me. I then hit the shutter as they charged chased one another.

 

Jack
At play

On the way home we passed Evie’s gate and there she was, waiting for us. She’s a really friendly German Shepherd cross Rottweiler who comes running down from the garden to see Jack and Splat, and to get some fuss. She’s watching Jack and Splat heading down the road home.

 

Evie
Please come back
 

It was great when I got home and downloaded the photos to find that I caught Jack exactly in the sweet spot. His face is in almost perfect focus. All I had to do was crop the image and make the background black and white. His colour doesn’t look good against a green background.

 

Evie is just beautiful and the background really shows off her colour.

 

 

It would have been great if I’d got a photo of Splat to complete the set …

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