Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Calm Hills in the Sun

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This tranquil hillside suggests a simple settup shot, perhaps over the hood of a parked car on a country road. It was actually shot from the window of a train, so the tranquility was in perpetual motion. The remarkable thing about this frame is that not a single reflection in the window glass has intruded on the image, nor an area of dirt on that glass registered. Capturing an image through glass is dependent on the qualities of that glass, and in this case it paid off well. This is the Esk Valley in Yorkshire, through which wends the railway from Middlesborough to Whitby. The bracken has died back to rich russet, this was early November, 2007, and the winter sun is mild on forests thinning for the cold months, on grazing sheep and pheasants wandering by the tracks. Enhancements include sharpening, and bringing up the colour saturation, as the one inescapable effect of the glass was to leach colour, creating a more pastel-like rendition of what was really a very colourful scene. That's the beauty of digital post-enhancement, restoring what's lost in other parts of the process. Fuji FinePix S5600, automatic. Image by Mike.

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