I was just starting to settle down into a lock-in routine – had just sorted out where my groceries were coming from, and begun an exercise routine, when I fell off my bike.
I’d been to the shops, got some food in, and in an attempt to avoid some pedestrians, I hit a low curb going onto a cycle track, and as the bike went over, I got my ankle trapped under the pedal. I was 5 miles from home, and no-one could help me. Lots of people ended up standing around me (6 feet away) asking if I was OK…. I wasn’t – (or didn’t think I was) but I said I was fine, and would sit ‘here’ for a bit and then just cycle home.
I did cycle home – I’ve no idea how – convinced I’d broken / fractured something. Was too scared to go to A+E (thought they would have better things to do than mess with me) – but anyway, after 72 hours or so, the swelling was going down, I was getting around on crutches (for that read trekking poles) – and after a week, the bruising was making my entire foot look black……
So, three weeks on, and I’m back on my bike, and can walk about a mile – slowly… it’s been a bit of a trial.
What’s this got to do with photography? Well, confined as I was completely to barracks, I had to find something arty to do…..
All the jobs I’d been putting off had to be done – reorganise my Lightroom Catalogue, sort out all the rubbish from my computer, and take a second look at images I’d previously consigned to the ‘I’m really not sure what to do with this one’ filing system.
I also broke open the moth trap – it needed a good clean, but we had a few days of still, warm nights with a few insects to catch.
The image below is of an ‘Early Thorn’ moth – no bigger than my little finger nail, but beautiful. It flew off about 10 seconds after I’d taken this photograph.
I’d also promised myself at the start of the lockdown that I’d work my way through some photoshop tutorials…. Didn’t do it. However, with time to spare, and no way out, I sat down and watched some stuff on Scott Kelby, some on YouTube, and read some books. Streaming tutorials through to the television set was a boon, and after nearly 3 weeks, I think I’ve learned some new tricks, which I’m pretty eager to try out.
The RPS East Midlands Group is running some excellent Zoom talks, so I’m booked in for those too.
So what have I learned, apart from how to bandage an ankle? Well, I’ve started taking notice of 3D rendering, which I think is going to be useful – and I’ve been looking back at images I took in 2011 at Chester Zoo. Compositing images together has turned out to be something I really enjoy doing, and I’m getting better at it. Using textures in images too is working for me, and I’m looking forward to being able to enter competitions again once this ‘virus’ starts to abate… Hopefully I’ll have a selection of new work I can use.
This image is made up of five separate photographs. The elephants themselves, at the zoo, the crane, separately at the zoo, the rock – Brimham, the background ‘mountain’ is in Buxton, and the water from a different elephant picture. There is of course as an extra, the textured background.
I’ve read a good selection of books – some photographic, some not – and realised more the benefits of Amazon Prime. They have some pretty good free books for my Kindle, including the odd photography one.
I’ve done a bit of online judging, and have been booked to do some ‘Zoom’ judging, and a couple of talks over the next few weeks.
So, as the ankle gets better, and a more ‘normal’ life resumes (will it ever be fully normal again?) – I’m looking forward to some more photography. The redundant church down the road has been crying out for some photo attention for a long time – I need to get that done – and also take a second look at the things I see when I’m out on a dog walk. The moth trap will get used some more once the winds drop later in the week, and I’m thinking a bit of light painting, once I can walk a bit further.
I’ve had the ‘trail cam’ out in the garden too, and done some badger spotting – deer also come into the garden, as well as the odd fox.
Don’t be bored, don’t think you can’t use your camera because you can’t get out – there’s lots to see and shoot out there even if you only have a tiny garden.
Try and enjoy your isolation time – it will be something to look back on in years to come.
In the meantime, stay safe, stay at home, protect our NHS.