So, Jody and I got married on the Saturday before last, on a perfect day at the Larmer Tree in Wiltshire. We had arranged all kinds of little details to complement the day, one of which being a 1964 Cadillac Deville we hired through Casper at http://www.64cadillac.com – who I’d thoroughly recommend if you’re looking for something like this, by the way. As the ceremony and reception were both held at the same place, we originally intended to take a drive through some local countryside to catch our breath. I set about looking for possible locations that weren’t too far away and I came across Wingreen Hill, a piece of National Trust land situated up the end of a bumpy track off the road through Donhead Hollow.
A small gravel car park lies amid farmland on steep slopes overlooking the villages of Charlton and Ludwell. Around Southampton the landscape is so flat that any kind of elevation is always a bit of a thrill to me, and the rolling landscape of this area always leaves me a little breathless. It was raining quite heavily on the day Jody and I came to check the location out, but I resolved to come back here soon to catch some of the magnificent light we’d witnessed in the area on other occasions. Last night was my first attempt at this.
The first thing I thought when I had looked at the location was that it would be a great place for sunsets, so I thought I’d give this a go first. Sadly, I managed to pick the first properly overcast evening for several weeks so my hopes for interesting light were viciously dashed. Still, some layering of the clouds in the sky provided some interest and it was a good opportunity to scope the location out from a photographic perspective. More than that, it was great to be out again in the open air, with nobody else around, dodging cow pats and pointing my lens at ancient scenes I’ll never really be able to comprehend.
I’ll be back, as someone somewhere once said.