In an effort to unwind after a very busy Saturday we decided to go to a local country house park in Sussex. For those of you who know this area it’s Petworth Park. Our prime objective was to see the deer herd that lives in the park and see if we could get some shots of them.
I also hoped that I might be able to get the sketchbook out at last and do a few doodles!
As luck would have it the sun came out after we’d had our lunch in our roving restaurant, cunningly disguised as a VW camper and we trudged off down the hill. I had my oversized tripod and emergency fishing bag housing the new camera and 2 lenses, couldn’t afford a bag and a new lens!
We found the deer enjoying this fleeting appearance of the sun and I watched transfixed, as this beautiful little pair looked for all world as if they were having a kiss. Unfortunately I managed to have the camera on the wrong focusing setting from the day before, will I never learn to check? And I was so excited I managed to focus on an area behind the deer, but who cares? I’ll remember this shot for the special moment it was.
I did manage to get my sketch book out and was just trying to find my way round the view in front of me and the shapes of the deer when this dirty great black cloud rolled in and brought with it an enormous hail storm, so bad it stung our faces on the way back to the van.
Still the day’s pics and some doodles gave me enough information to work this little sketch at home yesterday. I still need to work on the shapes of the deer, but was quite pleased with how the landscape came out, as I had to learn some new texture techniques with the WC, so all round it was a useful and relaxing day.