Old Man Coniston, Lake District UK,
I walked up an October day.
Nice photo-op, about halfway up;
but the view from the top?
I just can’t really say because
it was cloud covered that day.
Ah, the stereotypical English countryside, how I love walking through it! What do I love about it? churches and graveyards, livestock, fun signage, postboxes, and bonus points for a pub stop at the end. Ramble with me? The first stop was a church, of which there were three on this walk, but this particular grave marker caught my eye:
Then we kept going and came to a gate. An aside to my fellow Americans, you can walk through private property such as fields here, there are a set of expectations, but it is a completely different system than the US. So, yes we went through the gate and closed it behind us. What is it with cows? I feel like I have the following conversation every time I walk through a pasture:
~Yes, hi, just passing through.
~Because this is where the path is.
~Yes, really, it’s marked.
~No, I do not have any snacks.
And just to reinforce the whole English weather stereotype, I’ll tell you that the weather was threatening rain so I took the photos in this post with a small point and shoot and my iPhone:
And yes, I did finish up at the pub with a pint. Cheers and Sláinte!
Added to Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, Countryside and/or Small Towns.
I love taking a walk. I love the simplicity of views like this one near the Derwent Dam in the Peak District:
When I go to edit a scene like this one, I’m often not interested in making dramatic edits. I’d like to show the scene as it lives in my mind:
I’ve stuck with the basics here. For starters, a crop that included straightening the horizon line a bit. From there, I’ve boosted the colors using the blacks/whites slider. I’ve also used the sky enhancer slider and a foliage enhancer. Lastly, I used the Orton filter, this sharpens the image a bit while at the same time giving the photo a bit of a dreamy feel.
This was approximately a ten-minute edit for me. I looked at the original file, thought about what I wanted my final file to look like, pulled out the appropriate filters, and then applied them without over thinking it too much. What do you think? do you like the final version? Feel free to leave a comment below.
Inspired by and written for the Len-Artists Photo Challenge, Less is More.
This photo was taken at Derwent Edge in the Peak District.
I have applied very little in the way of post-processing to this photo because it was a beautiful scene that didn’t really need enhancement in my opinion. This walk, that we did over the summer, was a riot of blooming heather contrasted with the rocky terrain and the blue of the sky. I chose to take a photo at this particular spot because I found the split in the trail to be visually interesting. It was one of those walks where I had to purposely put my camera away, to that I would also just enjoy the moment. I’m grateful to have this shot though.
Does this photo appeal to you? Can you name a place you’ve visited where you had to put your camera away in order to enjoy the moment? Feel free to leave a comment below.
Picfair version here.
Added to Lens-Artists photo challenge, Path.
Not too long ago I took part in a charity walk whose path toured the grounds of some of the colleges at Cambridge University that are normal shut to the public. There were a lot of beautiful buildings and gardens but at Corpus Christie College I was stuck by this scene of all the pedestrians observing the “stay off the grass” sign while a solitary bird ignored it completely:
Cheeky little bird!
It was a funny scene, but the original image was a bit, uninspired:
You can see I have done quite a few edits here, but one of the most important was applying a field blur in Photoshop. In this case, I have kept the bird in focus and purposely blurred all the people. Emphasizing the importance of the little rebel who was strutting around the grass looking down its beak at us walkers on the path.
Have you ever edited a photo to tell a story? Certainly this can be a bit of a controversial topic, but feel free to leave a comment below.
Quebec City has walls. So you would think that I might have taken a few pictures of the walls when I was there. I didn’t though, and here is why, I was to busy taking pictures from the top:
It was the view from the wall that I couldn’t get enough of. So even though the theme at Where’s My backpack? is walls, I am posting this photo. You can even stay at that huge castle (haha) Details here. Quebec City is a great place to visit, but come ready to walk, because that is the best way to see it.
Umm, yikes they are following us! It all started innocently. I was just taking photos of this one duck:
This one, the one I now refer to as my “gateway duck”, due to the results you see in the first picture. I have heard that you shouldn’t feed the ducks, but I wasn’t aware that you also should not take their picture 🙂
Both pictures taken with my point and shoot, no tripod, and honestly I did not feed the ducks to make them follow like that. There were five kids with me at the time though, maybe the ducks just figured with that many kids, I had to have some bread.