Monks Wood, Woodwalton, 24th November 2019

22nd December 2019
Written by: Rob Slusar

With my airshow season over, I decided it was time that I start doing other forms of photography until May comes around again. I decided that I would try something totally new to me, but something I had seen a bit on YouTube. Woodland photography.

I have never done it before because honestly, it has never appealed to me, but having seen some of the wonderful autumn images my favourite YouTubers have got I thought it was worth a try.

Monks Wood

Monks Wood is a small nature reserve in the Cambridgeshire countryside not a million miles away from RAF Alconbury (or what’s left of it).

The ancient woodland is listed as one of the most important lowland woods in Britain and houses a number of rare tree species.

The Photos

I set off with only the idea of what I wanted to shoot on the day but with less knowledge of how I was going to do it. In the end, I took a wander through the forest looking for what I wanted.

What I thought I wanted was a small solitary yellowing tree with the dark background of tree trunks. I managed to find one, but it wasn’t quite what I had in my head but I went with it anyway. In hindsight, I probably should have gone a week or two earlier when the Autumn colours were a lot more vibrant.

I tried a number of things and a number of different compositions. Despite my lack of experience in such photography, I have come out with some pleasing shots which I have been uploading to Instagram. Here they are.

Winter Berrys.

Path through the woodland.

The Lonely Tree.

Autumn colours.

Shapes in the trees.

Trees and powerlines.

Final Thoughts

After a couple of hours of wandering around and trying different things, a lot more people started to come in to walk dogs and run through the forest so I decided it was time for me to move on.

Despite the awkward lighting (which you can see from the last picture), it was nice to wander around in the forest and take some pictures. I don’t know whether it was the fact the forest was largely empty when I started but it was completely peaceful.

One thing I have been guilty of in the past is doing places like this with other people and it hasn’t given me the peace and the time that I need to be able to compose and get the shots I wan’t. This was the first time I had really done that, and it was one of my first trips where I was taking images with Instagram in mind.

This has opened up a new line for me, and also it has regenerated my passion for photography. I imagine I will be doing more of this. Thanks for looking.