Desolation (1156)

Today I’m sharing another image from about a month ago, on a walk in Chobham common. By this time it was late afternoon on a bright day, but as I approached this clearing I couldn’t help feeling a sense of loss for the damage some of the trees had seen this winter. The place was peaceful, but the stacked logs had an air of finality about them.

I set up on a tripod, with a soft grad filter mounted horizontally (quite unusual) to balance the brightness across the frame, a polarizer to reduce the contrast caused by the direct sun, and a 10-stop filter for a long-exposure effect. The photo was taken as a single exposure. From what I recall (it’s been a while), in post I only did the usual selective curves to balance contrast.

Click on the photo for a larger version; comments welcome, as always.


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