Happy New Year!
Nikon D70 @ 62mm, 1/8 sec, f/8, ISO 200
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Happy New Year Everyone! Hope you all had a good one!
I entered this shot in the latest fujimugs open challenge - Nature in Black and White - and was delighted that it won first place! Here is the original entry together with all of the very generous comments. A very nice way to start the new year!
About the shot itself...
I was driving home on Boxing day and the was mist starting to gather in the surrounding fields. I'm always on the lookout for a new photo, but when I saw this scene - as I was going round a roundabout no less - I just had to stop my car. Luckily I had my camera and tripod in my boot, as well as my newly purchased 3 stop grad ND. Excellent, I thought. But my battery was extremely low... not so good.
I managed to pop a few shots off before the battery died, but I wasn't happy with any of them. I knew the shot had a lot of potential, so for the next 15 minutes I waited for a while to give the battery time to get some juice back, then fired a shot off before it died again. Eventually I got one that I liked - and just in time too.
I said to my girlfriend (jokingly at the time) that I'd buy myself the sigma 80-400 OS if I won the challenge, so I might just have to now :)