Solomon's Temple is a folly perched high above the town of Buxton in Derbyshire. Once there you can see a 360 degree panorama of the surrounding countryside.
I took this shot as I walked the path up the hill to the temple along with a flock of other TE members who I had met up with for a few days. A most enjoyable few days it was too!
I think this image serves as a metaphor for the weather we encountered though - mostly grey, dull and wet with occasional bright spots!
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willperrett (6426) 2014-06-08 9:16
Sensible choice of monochrome, given the light that we had on that day. We've already had this conversation I know, and I'm aware you want to "experiment", and move away from straight representation, but I still think your pp work is tending to be a tad too enthusiastic. For me, if you can see it's been pushed and prodded, it's been done too much. Having said that, I reckon you can go further in b/w, as it's inherently a "false" medium anyway. Perhaps that's why I like it so much. I too would have added drama to the sky (I used to use a red filter on the lens when using b/w film, and then burn in skies as well in the darkroom). So although the contrast is higher than I would have wanted, you've got away with it here! Let's wait to see your next colour "photograph"!!
I like it.
Royaldevon (27611) 2014-06-08 14:38
I wondered what you would photograph since your normal subjects, modern buildings, were few and far between.
You have the right mood for the day, wet and grey.
The composition is fine, with the puddle in the f/g and the tree well placed against the ominous sky.
The sky is characterful but, and I'm no expert on b&w, to me, the contrast on the land is very intense. The vignetting adds even more darkness.
I enjoyed meeting up again.
You are always good fun.
Good luck with your plans.
annjackman (18511) 2014-06-08 23:24
This makes the moorland look very bleak and hostile and for this reason I like it a lot. I understand Will's comments and agree to some extent. Nevertheless, it conveys a mood, and a I like your interpretation of a scene that I was unable to capture in any artistic way. Keep pushing the boundaries - it is always interesting and exciting to view your work.
Best wishes, Ann
krzychu30 (15348) 2014-06-09 0:06
Being in Barcelona I´ve started enjoying such weather for the opportunities it gives us(even if shooting having camera in one hand and umbrella in other is quite demanding:)
Here B&W works really well as it emphasizes well the atmosphere of the scene and it makes the sky looks much more dramatic.
Wish You a nice day
CLODO (29740) 2014-06-09 1:04
I remember the way uphill in the muddy path to discover a 360°landscape but with a greyish atmosphere, so in my mind, it was less contrasted. I hardly have taken a picture at this point! But your mind (and the post processing) has changed it in a eye catching landscape; I am amazed by the threatening sky, and the puddle reflection.
Good 2 days TE workshop, all together but each of us on his own!
Tigerlily (3053) 2014-06-09 2:44
Wonderfully processed mono image.I like the sky.. clouds are always difficult to present on photos, they lose the 3D feeling as we see in the reality... you did well. Nice contrast and fine detail. It looks that thunderstorm is coming... great work.
tyro (19316) 2014-06-09 2:47
I really like this shot and, having been there and taken only a few (very poor) photographs, I think your rendering of the scene is excellent, particularly considering the washed out sky, the light drizzle and the very poor light.
You have done a wonderful job in adding interest to the sky and I think the strong tones and contrasts work exceedingly well in black and white. Despite what some others have said, I don't think it's "overcooked" at all.
kabel (1615) 2014-06-09 20:27
Hello, an interesting b and w image of the countryside on a harsh day. Stark and contrasty with heavy vignette perhaps by your own artistic predilection. Okay...
By using a vertical format you add lots of layers which add to the contrasting nature.
trevormoffiet (2860) 2014-06-10 2:33
I love the image and your processing to achieve more tonal range and drama than might have been captured on the day. The overall composition is nicely balanced in tone and composition from top to bottom. The touch of vignetting has been done thoughtfully to enhance the image.
ourania (28400) 2014-06-17 14:36
I like very much your creative approach to a classic theme. A very interesting vertical composition that leaves ample space to each significant area to demonstrate its particular character. There's a consistent sense of drama, the textures are stunning and a fascinating play of light and shadows vivifies the moody scenery and redirects our attention to different places. The pond in the foreground is eerie and mesmerizing. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
- Copyright: Michael Wright (mjw364) (7004)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2014-06-04
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D7000, 18-105mm 3.5 - 5.6G ED AF-S VR Nikkor
- Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-06-08 8:20