Nature provides great summer activities and one of the things we always do at summer is of course the picking of blueberries. Warm sunny days at end of July is right time for that and for our needs approximately 5 kilograms (11 pounds) is enough so that we can freeze and eat them afterwards in small portions during the winter. This kind of amount is pretty easy to achieve with couple of trips into to forest – assuming you know some good places. Today’s image is from one of these trips which was really more about having fun together than trying to get it all since we were there with the kids and they usually run out of patience somewhere after first litre. Though I have to give it to Aura as she is a pretty agile blueberry picker (but has a tendency to eat them straight from the branch rather than fulfilling the small cup we have given her). In short, this time our trip was more for the kids and less about the actual blueberries.
From the photography’s point of view this was also an interesting trip. One thing I admire in children is the way they experience their surroundings. Although Aura has been picking blueberries in previous summers, this time she was very excited about the forest itself and said that we have ‘never been so far’ in it (I didn’t want to spoil her excitement by pointing that there really was a road just behind the corner). She was very eager to explore small paths, mushrooms, ants and all, and kind of forgot all the blueberries couple of times there. For me this meant many photographic opportunities but I struggled to find meaningful way to document her exploration in the forest. Playing in a midday harsh sunlight made it even more challenging, and if you’ve photographed coniferous forest in such conditions you certainly know it’s not an easy exposure because of large dynamic range. While trying out different ideas I finally came up a meaningful image from this trip. Lowering down to ground level I was able present the forest itself larger than it is (if you are familiar with the blueberry branches you know that in reality they only reach to your angle) and give forest a bit more exciting figure – like Aura was experiencing it. Finally at home I noticed that I had also caught couple of blueberries at the foreground, so naturally I was pretty pleased about it. Mission accomplished and time for some blueberry pie (we’ll get the other blueberries later)!