The bridge at Capsthorne Hall in Cheshire. Treated with a tinted canvas layer, taken 18th July 2015. This National Trust property is one of Cheshire’s finest Jacobean sites and always well worth a visit. In the summer months Capsthorne also hosts a range of outdoor entertainments and events including the Rewind Festival.
6:30am A September morning in Prestbury Village, Cheshire. This image has been (heavily) processed in HDR with other bespoke filters and effects added. The light was so interesting and intriguing on this morning that I just had to try to make something of it. This shot has been taken many times by many people including me, but the blueish glow in the sky reflecting off the the white walls and combined with the street-lamp light created quite an arresting effect in colour and radiance. Of course my HDR treatment has greatly exaggerated this effect.
Far away in a magical land of east Cheshire; well maybe not quite so far. This is a view across the gorgeous lush and gently undulating landscape that is characteristic of the Cheshire / Derbyshire (Peak District) boarders close to the Village of Rainow. I was returning from one of my exploratory bike rides up to Lamaload reservoir and caught this shot on the returning descent to Rainow village. A beautiful and quite enchanting place in itself, with a very unique atmosphere that is more akin to the west riding than Cheshire in some ways.
This image has been prepared for large scale printing on canvas and the version here has a canvas ‘texture’ layer applied. I wanted to give it a more painterly feel, which in this case seems to enhanced an ethereal quality – I like that in a landscape.
Original photo exif details:-
Nikon D200, 50mm, 100iso, f8, 1/400sec, July 7th 2015 – 11:26
The ‘tea lady’ in Rainow village, Cheshire – one of those curious cut-out advertising boards promoting a local tea shop or church fete. They are a common sight in English villages and often the quirky creation of a local handyman with a jig saw. The light on this caught my attention immediately and so I thought it worthy of a picture – obviously. Both images have been treated with an HDR simulation filter and slight tinting in an effort to create or enhance an impression of oil paint-like density, or even some kind of graphical render. I thought it would interesting to go for an image render style that was mimetic of the subject itself and thus try to reflect that texture of oil paint on a flat medium. The combination of HDR, orton laying and excessive noise reduction can often create this kind of texture in skies at least.
Nikon D200, 10mm, 100iso, f4.5, 1/160sec, June 11th 2015 – 13:15
Two slightly different but quite experimental shots from around the village of Prestbury today. It has been a very hot summer day! In fact, the first real summer day we have had so far. I wanted to resurrect an old and often neglected circular polarising filter and see what sort of effects I could get. The light was so intense at mid day that it just seemed to be the right thing to do. These images capture a sense of colourful intensity – a quality of the village that really comes out on a bright day, everywhere is festooned with hanging baskets and there are a lot of white buildings.
Nikon D200, 10mm, 100iso, f4, 1/200sec, June 11th 2015 – 12:48
This picture looking down Bollin Grove has been treated with HDR and a variety of textures, including a ‘water colour’ effect on the sky. I wanted to try to make it look almost like ink on semi-porous paper – I suppose. I am going to try to create my own textures – non digitally.
Freight train passing Middlewood in Cheshire. This is a secluded location on the Buxton line and a place where I often stop for a rest when cycling along the Middlewood Way, itself a former railway. I am quite drawn to the soulfulness of railways and this spot always makes me feel a little bit of the Huckleberry hobo vibe – don’t know why that is.
Nikon D80, 10mm, 320iso, f8, 1/180sec, June 20th 2014 – 20:28