I took this shot of Stonehenge whilst in the area to visit Bath University with my son. This place is so popular that it is nigh on impossible to see it without loads of people around. This shot was one of the few
I got from a decent angle but with no people on it.
I converted to black and white (actually to 8-bit grayscale) as I thought that conveyed more of a primeval atmoshpere. Have also tweaked the contrast and brightness and reduced levels - mainly highlights and
Some info about Stonehenge from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stonehenge
"Stonehenge is a Neolithic and Bronze Age megalithic monument located near Amesbury in the English county
of Wiltshire, about 8 miles (13 km) north of Salisbury. It is composed of earthworks surrounding a circular
setting of large standing stones and is one of the most famous prehistoric sites in the world. Archaeologists
think that the standing stones were erected between 2500 BC and 2000 BC although the surrounding circular
earth bank and ditch, which constitute the earliest phase of the monument, have been dated to about 3100
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evanrizo (456) 2007-02-11 7:45
It looks great, very good done with this perspective and contrast.The lightness is very good.
Have a nice time.
snunney (89018) 2007-02-11 7:56
A very good shot of this English icon. Your image makes it look austere and mystical at the same time. Very good tones and detail. The detail in the clouds make for a pleasing ambiance and make it look as if it is about to be enveloped in mist.
siolaw (38292) 2007-02-11 8:49
A nice POV on Stonehenge, B&W working well in this type of weather, with many shades of gray... A tmosphere well rendered here!
markstaples (15670) 2007-02-12 3:29
This is a great shot where the black and white really enhances and adds to the ambiance. A good POV and everything is well framed. Sharpness is first class. Excellent.
stego (24030) 2007-02-12 10:17
Congratulations! I imagine that anyone with minimal photo skills would be able to get an attractive photo on such a place, but this one is very special, for the dramatic atmosphere you managed to put in it. The light and exposure are fabulous and the emptiness is a very nice surprise.
UlfE (14641) 2007-02-12 14:03
Excellent B & W shot of this famous site. Very nice light and grey colours.
four (529) 2007-02-12 17:50
Have a feeling you might have made more of the sky - but otherwise a fine shot and I appreciate your problem with people mobbing the place!
dougie (2966) 2007-02-12 18:49
Yes, definately better unpopulated. The absence of colour emphasises the shapes and texture to good effect. Sometimes difficult to find something different in a popular subject but you have done well here. Thanks.
wishlist (4133) 2007-02-13 7:25
this b&w it's just superb for this picture. Top class sharpness, great atmosphere..I just love it!!
feather (51130) 2007-02-14 10:53
The B&W works well for the air of mystery I think you were aiming for. Well done for your patience in catching it empty of tourists. B&W conversions are not easy and something I haven't mastered yet. I missed some good work while I was away. I especially like the swans on Shipton Canal first class work.
ollie59 (796) 2007-02-14 16:43
leon ,very nice view of the stones ,works great in b&w ,have they still got the fence all around it ?
Gustaw (21670) 2007-02-15 6:23
Hallo, dear friend!
It is verz famous place. Good composition. I like zour colours. It is verz good profesional photo. Well done.
renerob (601) 2007-02-15 8:28
Sorry for not been on Te but I've had trouble get in on my computer. Nice B&W shot of Stonehenge, very professional shot well done Leon,
PS good notes too
bigboroboy (1098) 2007-02-16 19:23
A very moody shot of a heavily photographed subject. I love the mood generated here and you've done well to avoid any unwanted human activity.
I like it, PHIL
rushfan2112 (2965) 2007-02-17 8:30
Leon, I love Stonehenge and this shot shows it at its most dramatic. Well done for avoiding the tourists and meeping some detail in the shadows - that can't have been easy. Well done. Paul.
batalay (36725) 2007-02-17 8:48
Although I've posted a couple of shots of Stonehenge, I like this one with the "primeval" atmosphere much better than mine. It works magnificently in B&W, the power and majesty of the edifice needing no color to enhance it. The threatening clouds are another complementary aspect. Well done.
Did your son like the University of Bath? One of my university students who finished up his bachelor's in physics in the United States has just matriculated as a graduate student at Bath (his father had received a doctorate there).
m_s_s (1687) 2007-02-18 5:24
interesting composition, it looks nice in b&w. great shot of this famous place. well done.
tigra (2968) 2007-02-18 17:25
Excellent capture of this mystic place!
Thanks for the useful note.
branley (3681) 2007-02-20 5:23
this is a lovely shot of this great attraction. The sky is very threatening and looks like it's about to rain heavily. I like the conversion to B&W, it suits the mood. I lived not far from there and even as a child I appreciated the majesty of it, mind you there was no restriction in those days so you could go right up and touch the stones, it wasn't until the graffiti 'artists' started that they fenced it off. A superb capture Leon, well done.
nels (2621) 2007-02-20 5:44
hi leon,, b&w works well for this shot it gives the shot a strange mystical atmosphere just like the stones themselves tfs :))
pboehringer (770) 2007-02-21 0:48
Hi Leon, definitively a classic view and not only at TE but everywhere. Not very easy to present it in an original way but I think that your twist with the B&W gave a different perspective that I like a lot. the texture of the clouds in the backgorund works very good.
derek3755 (2341) 2007-02-23 13:59
yes, i certainly know how difficult it is to get a shot of Stonehenge without any people in it. And you ended up with a really great shot, and the conversion to B&W has worked very well indeed.
VeeJayCee (2410) 2007-02-23 19:06
Hi Leon. IMO all the best pics of Stonehenge are B+W. I'd hoped to get a solo viewing of this place with the help of a friend who works there but on that evening they have a group booked in. I still may go and hope I can get something as good as this shot. Nice work.
John_F_Kennedy (43379) 2007-02-26 2:34
I really appreciate your composition because of the set of lights and shades.
Glint (6171) 2007-02-27 10:59
Moody, magnificent and majestic.
Wanda1 (15000) 2007-03-04 12:22
I love the atmosphere of the shot enhanced by the black and white and the dramatic sky. Nice focus and composition. A great image of this famous sight. Is there a fence around stone henge that you have to stay behind or can you walk right up to the stones?
tsangclare (130) 2007-03-13 17:15
i like the way that it is black and white. nice composition =D i like it cos the contrast is just right, creating a peaceful feeling
Bluejeans (64249) 2007-03-24 11:55
ola Leon , bonita foto deste lugar cheio de mitologia e magia , boa escolha do preto e branco , o ceu esta fantastico !!!
Um abrašo Gonšalo
Bom fim de semana
marknunnerley (2780) 2007-05-29 11:06
Really moody shot of Stonehenge. Sorry, thought I had marked this before. Looks great in B&W.
- Copyright: Leon Smith (cobbydale) (1958)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2006-11-07
- Categories: Ruins
- Camera: Nikon D50, AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6G ED
- Exposure: f/3.8, 1/1250 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2007-02-11 7:35
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