Fog rolled in from the sea and shrouded the hills along the South Downs over three consecutive days this week. This bought a certain eery drama to the woodland and surrounding area that compelled me to go out with my camera as dusk was approaching.
Being a keen forager of wild foods with an interest in mycology it has been great to spend some quiet time taking images of some of the fungus in Glyndebourne Wood in East Sussex. They seem particularly prolific this year and it was a good way to become acquainted with the Meyer Optik Görlitz Orestor 2.8/100 which I recently acquired after a year of seeking one in good condition at a reasonable price.
For these images the lens was mounted on my Fujifilm XT-2 using a Zhongyi Lens Turbo II focal reducer or a helicoid adaptor to allow closer focussing.
While focussing on the fungi themselves I wanted to capture some of the dim damp atmosphere of the woodland they stood in and retain a feeling of the space around them.
Boquer Valley, Mallorca.
Port de Pollença and Pollença, Mallorca.
Glyndebourne Wood, Halland East Sussex UK
Hemsley’s Rough Halland East Sussex UK
Barcombe Mills East Sussex UK
Barcombe Mills East Sussex UK
Heighton Street Firle East Sussex UK
Beggar’s Lane Newtimber West Sussex UK
Bramber Castle West Sussex UK
Pepper’s Pond, Spithandle Lane West Sussex UK
I had a privileged nocturnal encounter with this handsome chap when he flew out of the darkness to settle on my brother-in-law’s shirt! Despite the dramatic entrance it proved to be a great opportunity to handle this magnificent creature and he seemed very amenable to a quick torchlit photoshoot; I then placed him safely on one of our apple trees to continue his quest for a mate.
Fujifilm XT-2 | Pentacon auto 1,8/50 | helicoid adaptor
Having stumbled upon a large enclosure of deer at Woodmancote (West Sussex) while walking last year I thought it would be an ideal place to play with a recent acquisition (a 50 year old Meyer Optik Görlitz 1Q Orestor 4/300 lens) and spend some quiet time honing my stalking skills.
During a brief visit last week a cross wind helped mask my scent and sound while I got myself into a hollow by the pond the deer drink from. Three curious (and possibly thirsty) females came up through the woods in my direction… (click on the images for a larger version)
…making my way through the deer trails inside a hedge with the wind blowing my scent and sound towards them I was spotted by this stag wile I looked trough the cleft of a hawthorn trunk.
I had some time to go back yesterday and managed to get much closer to a group of them despite the wind not being in my favour. Being quiet and crawling my way up behind clumps of common rushes peeked their interest and bought them towards me, one curious young doe got around five feet from me while I was taking pictures of this stag with it’s newly forming antlers; The inquisitive doe was too close to focus on so I looked in silent awe as it sniffed the air before me, a wonderful encounter.
This particular group seem much more approachable than the other two on site, hopefully I will enjoy more time among them soon.
While I usually prefer to use wider angle lenses at close quarters for street photography it was interesting to put this lovely old manual focus Meyer Optik Görlitz 1Q Orestor 2.8/135 lens to the task. It encouraged me to slow down and consider the composition giving me the chance to capture more distant scenes that would often change before I could get within range to frame them as I would like.
Fujifilm XT-2 | Meyer Optik Görlitz 1Q Orestor 2.8/135 | Zhong Yui Lens Turbo II