Explore with me: Portchester Castle
Do you ever get so annoyed at British weather where you just feel you actually haven't been outside in a month because it's freezing cold or raining for the WHOLE day?
I had this for about a month, in January I don't think I saw daylight, going to and from work in the dark and then having the flu and just not feeling going outside at the weekend because I was just so drained.
I think the January blues is a perfect name for that exact reason. I don't think I am the type to go out in all the waterproofs with a dustbin bag over my camera and just go shoot something- I love photography- but I'm not THAT dedicated to it that I'd go out no matter the weather!
But HELLO February, bringing some sun with you as well and I have been loving it.
Explore with me: Portchester Castle
So being my spontaneous self that I am, when the sun was shining and there were BLUE SKIES (shocking right?) I decided it was time to grab my camera and head of outside.
I was dying to have a trip out with the camera. Taking flat-lays inside just isn't the same, I love taking them to put on the blog, but if I didn't have a blog I wouldn't do flat-lays for fun, that's for sure, but I have always loved exploring places and bringing a camera-whether that was my iPhone, a disposable camera or my little point and shoot camera before I got all fancy with this DSLR malarkey.
And exploring this beautiful castle in Portchester seemed like a great day out to rekindle my love for landscapes.
Considering I live so close to this castle, I was shocked that I had never heard of it before- isn't it funny that we never explore areas that are so close to us.
I always want to go explore abroad, or anywhere that's a bit further than 30 minutes down the road.
This has made me start researching more areas that are around us so that I can have more days out with my DSLR- sounds like a perfect date right?
Portchester Castle is part of the English Heritage trust and makes for an interesting day out.
There is so much that you can explore from the bare outlines of the previous rooms that require some reading and a sprinkle of imagination to see past the empty space and imagine what it could have looked like back in the day, to wonderful views from the sea.
You can also go and explore different levels of the castle- either by the sensible staircase or if you're feeling more daring you can go up the original spiral staircase.
The views are so worth the stomach-sick feeling of those narrow steps!
I'm not very good with these high up staircases- did I mention that?
But the things I wanna do for a photograph, ay?
So I was trying to experiment with landscapes this time around- using different white balance settings, changing the colours and trying different angles.
I tried getting pictures by using archways to frame the picture, trying to make the photograph as symmetrical as I possibly could and enhancing the blues to bring out the sea or the sky.
Trial and error are definitely one of the best ways to just learn how the camera works. I love exploring these different options and I am loving the manual section on the camera to really have full control of how the image comes out.
I know I need so much more practice to really perfect my style and bring my own individual stamp to my photography.
And obviously some photographs come out better than others, but I just love seeing how my photography skills have improved and changed over time.
This has definitely made me want to explore more places that are around me, you don't need to travel too far to find stunning places that you have not been to before!