This was taken en-route to the Peak District national Park, inbetween Macclesfield and the village of Hayfield, where I was heading. Summer seems a million miles away now, and this place may be covered in snow in a few weeks or so. But when I took this, the weather was warm, and as I was running a bit slow, and I was cycle touring, I just camped in a field not far from where this photo was taken….and then made my way to Hayfield in the morning
Going back in time to the summer. This is a narrow countrylane in Somerset in England. I was motivated to take a photo because of the telegraph poles running alongside the road. Sometimes a view just says ‘photograph me’ even though I was cycling along countrylanes all day, and then a certain something clicks in the brain.
This is another of those ‘pseudo’ HDR processed images in HDR Efex pro. To be honest, the tone compression (tone mapping) part of the software – which is the HDR bit – is just a part of the sofware’s function. I also warmed the image up with the temparature slider, applied some of the ‘structure’ effect as well as added a vignette….
The software allows the clouds to appear darker than when I took the photo, but it was the clouds that were important to the composition too. Had it been a bright sunny day, I don’t think I would have been so inspired to take the photo.
I took this photograph a few years ago during a cycle trip around Europe. If memory serves me right the climb starts at about 250 meters above sea level and the pass at the top is about 2000 meters or thereabouts. The view here was taken early morning before the tourists woke up so the road is very quiet. The day before in the afternoon there was an ever lingering smell of burning brake pads! And it is not uncommon to see a broken down car in a layby!
It’s quite an easy climb even for a cycletourist weighed down with all the normal luggage plus camera gear and laptop (as I was). The road has been very well engineered and the gradient is never too steep, hence the many hairpin bends or switchbacks.
Cycling up this mountain is a great way to appreciate all the twists and bends and you can stop anywhere if a photo opportunity arises.
I have a whole set of these images but have never really been happy with them because the green mountainside is reflecting the same amount of light as the gray road. That means that the road doesn’t stand out very well from the mountainside. Messing around with contrast alone never really improved the images.
So recently I had another go at processing them and I did a black and white conversion in photoshop where I changed the white balance in the raw converter to add more blue. The gray road has loads more blue in it than the green/yellow mountainside and so when I darkened the blue colour channel in the BW converter, the road went suitably dark, and the mountainside stayed bright. That created the contrast that I needed to create the composition that I saw when I was there. Now I am finally happy with the images.
I have posted this into this Fridays PhotoFriday challenge. Lot’s of good stuff there!