Winter, cold, icy conditions in the Bollin Valley, Prestbury, Cheshire. A study in shape, bokeh and texture with some abstract elements. These images from 2013 have grown on me over the years and I (now) like the degraded (grainy) and overly abstracted backgrounds in these.
- Aperture: ƒ/1.7
- Focal length: 50mm
- ISO: 100
- Shutter speed: 1/4000s
I love the visual effect of snow or rather the effect that it has on lighting. These are a few more of my pictures from the very white winter of 2009 when we had persistent snow and ice well into the early part of 2010, it was a photographers dream. The picture above has been treated with a paper texture layer – I like the flattening effect of this but I also like how it conceals many of the digital artefacts arising from noise in the sky — colour noise in blues is always a problem in digital photography!
I have been applying ‘textures’ to my photos for quite a long time now and I think this may also be satisfying a desire to somehow give my images a more ‘organic’ feel, as if they are actually printed on traditional fibre papers. Black and white always makes me feel a nostalgic longing for the darkroom!
Main photo exif details: –
- Aperture: ƒ/18
- Camera: NIKON D80
- Exposure bias: -2/6EV
- Focal length: 20mm
- ISO: 200
- Shutter speed: 1/160s
More pictures from the same the day.
The first real winter weather of 2015/16. The Winter thus far has been one of the warmest on record so it was quite nice to see (and feel) these more bracing conditions at last. I just managed to capture a few little aspects of the frosty condition, quite literally on my doorstep though I wish I could have gotten up into the now white hills of east Cheshire today.
The image above has been treated with one of my signature orton effect processes and I also like the way that the colour and shape are suggestive of a Jackson Pollock painting too.
Original photo exif details:-
Nikon D200, 50mm, 100iso, f2.8, 1/500sec, Jan 16th 2016 – 10:09
Below are two shots from St Peters Churchyard.
Nikon D80, 14mm, 100iso, f11, 1/100sec, Dec 18th 2010 – 12:06am
Another shot from the gloriously snow-bound winter of 2010. This time taken in the fields to north of Prestbury Village in Cheshire. This was a part of the locality that I have very rarely photographed but the snow and light here made the scene just perfect. Again, the image embodies some of my signature quirks – which are not always easy to define but I know they are there! The sky was a little granular in the RAW file which may be attributed to high ISO noise from my Nikon D80 sensor. I now have a tendency to rectify (over correct) this with a layered application of photoshop’s standard noise reduction tool and set to a low level of detail rendering. It’s an effect that I quite like in limited amounts, but of course, it does make the sky look very ‘digital’.
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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Nikon D80, 10mm, 100iso, f9, 1/250sec, Dec 18th 2010 – 12:11pm
In anticipation of the approaching winter months – this shot is from 2010 when we had a very cold winter with prolonged snow fall and a glorious white Christmas. The image here has been HDR treated with a tentative orton process applied.