Sunday, March 1, 2009

Twilight in the Wild Wood

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What feelings this image engenders! The gathering night, the frozen, organic gestures of the trees, the subtle play of colours as the light fades... This very atmospheric moment was intensified by being taken on Halloween. Yes, it's the graveyard in Leicester, not the depths of some primal forest. I tracked up to exclude most headstones (there are two at lower right, and two others masked by the cloaks of ivy that have grown over them) and framed a spectacular sky amongst the ancient trees in this early winter scene. The sun is in the picture but there's no strength to its light at this latitiude, and a time around 4pm. The cemetery stands in the midst of a busy city but here the camera has captured what could be native woodland far from any human habitation. The image was mildly enhanced, a little gamma-correction to bring up medium tonal values, rebalanced with contrast, plus tweaks to colour saturation and sharpness, these functions performed in Irfanview software. Fuji FinePix S5600, automatic. November, 2007. Image by Mike.

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