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.