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
A heavily ‘treated’ image of the mere at Tatton Park in Cheshire. Also called ‘Solitude for Two’.
Nikon D80, 11mm, 100iso, f8, 1/180sec, April 21st 2014 – 13:22
An interesting curiosity near Chelford seen whilst cycling to Knutsford. I liked the faded blue paint work on these old and now probably abandoned silos and the way that there was something of a hint of the mid west grain belt to the setting.
This image has been processed with a slight touch of HDR and a manually applied orton offset effect.
Nikon D80, 10mm, 200iso, f13, 1/100sec, Apr 8th 2010 – 17:27
Nikon D80, 10mm, 400iso, f18, 1/160sec, Dec 18th 2011 – 11:54am
Looking back to the very snowy winter of 2010, down in the ‘low fields’ at Prestbury, Cheshire one cold and bright morning.
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