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Photos From Foxes Forest and Hilsea Lines Photo Wa...

Photos From Foxes Forest and Hilsea Lines Photo Walkshop

Walkshop photographers line up on the small footbridge crossing one of the freshwater lakes

FOR THE 58th PHOTOGRAPHY WALKSHOP EXPLORE FOXES FOREST AND HILSEA LINES ON A WET SUMMER’S DAY

If you like the look of this walkshop, we’re running it again on Saturday morning, you can book a place HERE.

The 58th photography walkshop was at the always popular Foxes Forest and Hilsea Lines on a damp summer’s morning. Despite the lack of sun, the morning rain had made the forest woodland a lush green and the lakes were also alive with birds and their young. We met up at the footbridge and started out down at our first lake. The trees were now green with their new season of leaves and we began looking at focusing techniques and getting some low detail shots by the water.

Despite the lack of sun, the morning rain had made the forest woodland a lush green and the lakes were also alive with birds and their young…

Photographer looking at their camera screen within the trees
First buds of some Cow Parsley
A fallen tree is reflected in one of the Hilsea Lines lakes

This area of the Hilsea woodland at the top of Portsmouth has many great photography opportunities…

We wandered down the path to one of the old canon ports now hidden by bushes and plants and also began to look at perspectives, looking at low angles and also looking up. This area of the Hilsea woodland at the top of Portsmouth has many great photography opportunities and we looked around the tracks, ‘the circle’ and up to the reinforcements. Our next stop was the tunnel that runs through the lines, which we first used for shooting creative triptychs. We then moved inside the tunnel and created silhouettes and played around with some simple techniques in helping to create a mood & atmosphere.

Photographers looking up the trees with their cameras
Photographers using their viewfinders and screen and taking photos looking up the tree trunks
The old Hilsea Lines fortifications are hidden by the trees
Low angle view looking along the forest path with the tall green canopy overhead
A snail heads down the tree branch
Different layers of tree leaves overhead provide different colours of green
Crouching low, a photographer searches for the best view surrounded by green plants and bushes
Photographers reviewing some photos on the back of a camera
The photographers on the walkshop all look for different angles of the tunnel
Silhouettes of the photographers in the tunnel, with the green woodland beyond

We headed back out of the tunnel and walked the path that slowly made its way back to the lakes. Along the way we found, of all things, a guitar in the bushes. The red colour of the body really complimented the background greens of the woodland. As we placed the guitar on a post to photograph, we found the trees reflected in the guitar and looked at depth of field looking up the strings.

Along the way we found, of all things, a guitar in the bushes…

Light coming down through the fresh green bushes
A photographer looks for a closeup of the green branch
The photographers surround the found red guitar propped up on a post
A found red guitar
Photographers looking through their cameras taking photos of the found red guitar
Looking along the found red guitar reflecting the trees above

This location is always a favourite for me as it is always different…

The last stop of the walkshop was the wetlands down by the railway bridge. The bridge is the only rail route on and off Portsea Island and spans one of the freshwater lakes. We explored around this location with the small wooden bridge, the reedbeds, the old trees, swans and even the repair works going on the bridge itself. This location is always a favourite for me as it is always different, the weather and the seasons have such an impact on the woods and the lakes plus there is such a striking contrast between the forest, the old defence structures of the lines, the wetlands and habitats…a place you can never get bored of discovering. Thanks everyone for coming along!

Looking through a hollow log down to the lake water
Mushrooms grow on a fallen tree log
Photographer capturing a thorn branch with the reedbeds in the background
Early summer reeds grow green and up from the lake mud
Photographer looking at the reedbed through their screen
Low tree branches reflected in the lake water

Want to get involved and come along to one of our walkshops? Find out more about the many different upcoming walkshops at:

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Looking along a railway bridge bean, with the rusty coloured rivets
Railway bridge metal grill blurs off in to the distance
Building works train on the bridge over as lake, a workman looks down

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