Waterfall

Waterfall-(7171)

I’m trying to leave newer material for Monday posts only, until I clear a rather significant backlog. So today I’m sharing another photo from late spring last year, taken during a walk near Leith Hill. I knew about this waterfall and meant to take a longish exposure to capture the water flow. I did not have the polarizing filter yet, and had trouble with the glare from the leaves in direct sun. Still, this brings back good memories.

I took this photo with a tripod-mounted camera. I’m uncertain if I used any filters – possibly a ND to allow a longer exposure.

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Brush Strokes

Brush Strokes (0233)

Sometimes it doesn’t take a lot of effort. It was late summer last year and the weather looked promising so we headed up to the cathedral for the sunset. I liked the patterns of the clouds and contrails in the sky as I looked the other way (ie almost into the sunset itself), so I composed and took the photo.

I took this handheld as a single exposure. Post processing was minimal, just a global curves layer to adjust contrast.

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Ightham Mote

Ightham Mote (1799)

This week is proving to be another very busy one, and I missed the usual Monday blog post. I’ve also missed my regular indoor archery session, but with some luck I’ll make up for that later this week, outdoors. Anyway, after a week of B&W photos, it’s time for some colour again, so today I’m sharing a photo I took at Ightham Mote in spring this year. I remember the bluebells were out, so it was rather early in the season. Now, if you haven’t visited this gem of a medieval manor house, do yourself a favour and go. Where else can you get a moated medieval home with beautiful gardens and lovely woods, within easy reach of the motorway system? As I’m sure you can tell, we really enjoyed our visit.

I took this photo handheld as a single exposure. I only had to wait a while to avoid getting other visitors in the picture, and composed with a wide angle lens to get the moat and as much of the house as possible in view, while also keeping the beflowered wall. In post I used selective curves layers to balance the exposure of the sky and foreground and improve contrast.

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Greenwich

Greenwich-(130216)

I really wanted to include a proper B&W film photo in this series, so here we are with one for B&W Challenge Day 5. This time I nominate Andreas. Unfortunately, it’s been too long since I shot film, so I had to go back to the archives for this. Perhaps it’s just another way to remind myself that I really need to buy some more B&W film and the developing chemicals. Everything else I already have.

This is Greenwich, looking from the Royal Observatory hill towards the National Maritime Museum and the City of London in the distance. We visited in early spring last year, coinciding with an exhibition of a collection of Ansel Adams prints.

I took the photo handheld as a single exposure on Kodak TMX 100. Developed in Rodinal. After scanning and the requisite dust removal, post processing involved selective curves layers to balance exposure and improve contrast.

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St Michael’s Square

St Michael's Square (2890)

Something a little different today for B&W Challenge Day 4. At this point in the challenge, nominations are a bit tricky, as most of the photography people I know personally have already been nominated. Still, I will go with my initial intentions. Kinga, you’re next – I bet your style of photos will look great in B&W.

This is the bridge at Sint-Michielsplein in Ghent, Belgium, as evening approached last Saturday. St Michael’s church was at my immediate right (not visible here) as I took this photo. Ghent is a fantastically beautiful medieval city. I’m told it’s similar to Bruges (which I haven’t visited yet) but much less touristy. Especially in November.

I took this photo handheld as a single exposure. I was travelling light (read: carry-on backpack only) so I didn’t have my tripod or filters. I took a test frame to make sure exposure was set correctly, then waited for the right combination of passers-by. In post, after perspective correction and minor cropping, I used selective curves layers to balance exposure. Once again, I did a B&W conversion with selective filters: blue for the shadow areas to increase contrast and yellow for the sunlit areas to improve definition.

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