Double vision – an experiment in reversed duplicates, overlaid. This was a lone tree (not sure which species) in an immaculately mowed field near Siddington, Cheshire – I will post up the original image next as I think it has some nice qualities. Both images have been treated with a number of texture layers and HDR processing.
I like the surreal yet flat look this technique creates and it reminds me a little of the feel of René Magritte paintings – hence the title of the post.
An experiment that I have wanted to try for some time. A late night train (pendolino) passing through the Bollin Valley near Prestbury, Cheshire. I like the abstract effect in this image, the way it has come down to an exercise in dark tonality with the only significant luminosity being that of the train window streak and the signal light. I also like the way that this image is reminiscent (in a way) of the dramatic drawn illustrations in some of my classic childhood books about railways, such as the heroic activities of the night-mail footplate crew charging past signals in the dark.
- Aperture: ƒ/8
- Camera: NIKON D80
- Focal length: 20mm
- ISO: 100
- Shutter speed: 134s
Long exposure (bulb exposure) shots of various common features close to where I live. The dead tree was an ideal subject, quite a hunting shape against the dark (darker than it seems) night sky. Not wishing to give too many of my tricks away but the tree was ‘painted’ in with an LED bike light, camera white balance set to tungsten to create a very blue effect with the high colour temperature light from the LEDs. This was just a starting point of course, as this imnage has been treated with quite a number of PS filters and a texture layer. I wanted to compensate for noise in the original by making the the finished image look more like a painting render of some kind. The original exposure time was approx 2 mins.
I call this a ‘hyper nocturne’, in other words, an under exposed low ISO night shot recovered with levels and HDR treatments. This tree shows typical signs of lightning damage which is not an uncommon sight in remote field trees that often attract lightning strikes due to their prominence above ground. The result is usually a dead and maimed tree – but not always. It was quite a windy night and so the branches were moving and generally swaying about a lot, hence the curious blurring effect that gives them an almost pom-pom like appearance; similar to a north American Joshua Tree.
I’m quite interested in night shooting at the moment and I am also trying to get the best effects I can with now quite aged camera gear. I don’t have access to ludicrously high ISO capabilities at the moment so don’t expect to see perfectly exposed milky way’s over well exposed ground from noctoluminescent ambience etc.
Original photo exif details:-
Nikon D200, 14mm, 100iso, f4.8, 55sec, Aug 16th 2016 – 21:39
Trees are a perennial favourite of mine and I think they can often make very dramatic subjects or an interesting ‘focal’ point in a nature / landscape shot. I live in a very rural part of the country and so trees of many varieties tend to be abundant subjects. This picture was taken back in February hence the bare branches – I was impressed by the shape of the crown and the kink in the trunk. The idea of treating it with some rather laborious manual texture effects came to me later – originally I had it in Monochrome but I think the colour and texture has enhanced a certain surreal or even slightly other-worldly quality in the image and I quite like that.
Again, the original photo was taken with a vintage Nikon 35mm f2.8 AI lens which is pretty much never off my old D200 at the moment – a very nice and somewhat antiquated combo that.
A 77 second (bulb) exposure taken near to Manchester Road in Macclesfield. I quite like the new LED street lights on this road and wanted to see how they would work with a long exposure. The colourful effect in this shot, which is due to sodium light glow from distant Manchester is very interesting I think, it is also a phenomenon that will eventually disappear when the whole area switches to LED lighting.
Original photo EXIF
Nikon D80, 17mm, 100iso, f5.6, 77″, Mar 11th 2016 – 19:32