DoYouWantToPlay: If there's one place that's heaven for a photographer, it's a kid's playground on a sunny day. You've got everything a shutterjunkie would need – great structures, wonderfully saturated colour and tones, gorgeous shadows, and lots of terrific interplay of textures with all the metal, rubber and asphalt.

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If there’s one place that’s heaven for a photographer, it’s a kid’s playground on a sunny day. You’ve got everything a shutterjunkie would need – great structures, wonderfully saturated colour and tones, gorgeous shadows, and lots of terrific interplay of textures with all the metal, rubber and asphalt.

The only problem with kid’s playgrounds on a sunny day is that they’re usually full of kids :) Of course, back in the good old days (ie, back when people didn’t automatically think that all blokes with cameras were paedophiles) that would have been another plus point – lots of happy kids playing make for fun photos too, and can bring the whole place to life. I guess it’s not the childrens’ fault that has changed, but the parents. Ah well.

Today, we were lucky though.

Not far from our home is a lake with a picnic area and a children’s playground. It’s a great place for dogwalking, cycling, fishing and all those leisurely pursuits. Full of geese too – I’ll save those pics for another day.

We planned a picnic, expecting to take a few shots of the birdies while there. As soon as I saw a completely empty playground though, I seized my chance to give the 10-22mm lens a thorough workout. Working at wide-angle (the lens is equivalent to a 16-35 on my 300D) is a fine art that demands the photographer think carefully about composition, especially in the foreground. Most wide-angle shots die because there’s nowt in the foreground to pull the eye in.

Anyhow, here’s the result of my happy hour or so shooting. All taken RAW then either saturated or converted to monochrome in Picasa. Click on each to view in flikr, or click the pic above to see them all on one page.







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