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stairway to Chapter House, Wells Cathedral, England.

Stairway to Chapter House, Wells Cathedral

The wearing down of the stone steps by so many feet over so many years, the religious connotations of ascending towards the light….

History and the milling crowd

History and the milling crowd

Visiting historic or scenic locations is a joy but all too often it’s a joy shared with a multitude of like minded people. The challenge, photographically, is how to present the subject when the subject is loved to death by crowds of people.

running through the square, Bath.

Bath, running through the square

I couldn’t have anticipated the exact movements of the people, however, on reviewing the sequence of images, it was obvious that the presence of the children playing and running exuberantly through the square was key.

St Michaels Mount, Cornwall.

Late afternoon sky over St Michael’s Mount

Late afternoon sky over St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall.

colour or black and white, St Michael's Mount

Monochrome or Colour – St Michael’s Mount

The mount has been the subject of myth and legend for centuries. Some of these stories, recorded as far back as 495AD. I do like the blue sky but I think there is a heightened sense of drama with the monochrome. Only minor adjustments were made to contrast values.

a wave of poppies

Plymouth Naval Memorial

the Plymouth Naval Memorial, adorned with a mass of red ceramic poppies, commemorates the roughly 23,000 Royal Navy personnel of the World Wars, who were lost or buried at sea.

Stonehenge vertical format

Stonehenge in black and white

All photos were taken handheld with wider focal lengths, between 16mm and 50mm, on a full frame 35mm camera. Whilst the images work reasonably in colour, the location and subject matter lends itself well to monochrome.

Salisbury Cathedral

Photographing Salisbury Cathedral

a considerable amount of work was done in Lightroom and particularly in Photoshop to arrive at the finished image.

Winchester Cathedral interior

Photographing Winchester Cathedral

Winchester Cathedral, one of the largest in Europe, with the greatest overall length of any Gothic cathedral. I decided to go with the sepia toned monochrome treatment for this interior shot.

Horse Guards Palace, London

Horse Guards Palace, London

I had a good sky to work with and chose to place the building low in the frame to take advantage of it.

London’s historic Westminster Abbey.

Westminster Abbey

a more conventional view of London’s historic Westminster Abbey.

multi shot composite

Westminster Abbey and the multi shot composite.

the stack mode composite method can be a great way to deal with digital noise when using high ISOs to photograph static subjects in low light, however the technique can also be useful as a compositing system more generally.

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