ARCHIVE 171 – THE VIEW SOUTH FROM RATTLEDOWN FARM
August 14, 2015 14 Comments
The view south from Rattledown Farm, looking out over the Chew Valley in Somerset, with Chew Valley Lake in the background; 12 July 2013.
Another slice of the English countryside, on a beautiful morning. I think that the line of taller trees take my eye up through the picture to the lake’s blue, which then pulls my gaze right. And I like the wedge of vivid pale green cutting across the image, just about along the upper horizontal third.
Chew Valley Lake is an artificial reservoir, flooded in the early 1950s – Google tells me it is the 5th largest artificial lake in the UK. It has something of a special place in my life in that it was around its shores, in 1967, that I took my first, hesitant steps to becoming a birdwatcher – “with a little help from my friends”!
I was useless at birdwatching in those days. I was (and am) short sighted, wore glasses, and had only a small telescope bought for me by my parents many years earlier. So, a bird would appear, I’d see it and whip off my glasses so as to be able to use my telescope – and then totally lose sight of it, casting blindly about with the scope. For Christmas that year, my impecunious mother bought me a pair of 10×50 binoculars that could be used with my glasses on and – no pun intended – I never looked back.
D800 with 70-300 Nikkor used at 1.5 format, giving a focal length of 450mm; 400 ISO; final manipulation in Color Efex Pro 4.
UPDATE: I produce many dark and moody images, that’s how I am, but here’s English countryside, on a bright and sunny day. This was taken two years ago. With hindsight, the vivid green field may be a touch too vivid for my current tastes but, well, let’s go with it!