The picture shows Brookvale Park in Birmingham shot from underneath a tree. It was quite misty and damp. The silhouetted leaves are in focus, the background is thrown out of focus by the shallow depth of field. The grain is the result of a high ISO. The idea was to interpret the mist as best I could and show the lights reflected in the water. The out of focus streetlamps and their reflections in the lake also add to the mist effect. As this is my local park I walk around it a lot either alone or with my dog and always with a camera in a bag, just in case. During the winter months, late afternoon or early evening walks are always in the dark giving me the opportunity to see the park “lit up”. As I rarely carry a tripod, the high ISO was needed to get a suitable shutter speed for a handheld shot. The picture is uncropped from the original and saturated in Photoshop with a blue filter applied to temper the orange street lights. Just simple stuff really but it works for this picture. I feel that the out of focus elements convey the misty feeling of that particular night and it reminds me of those damp and misty evenings in the run up to Christmas this year. Maybe for 2016 I should go out more often with a tripod?
Details Nikon D800, 50mm lens, f1.8, 1/50, ISO 6400