CHEW VALLEY 7 – IN LOVING REMEMBRANCE (MONO + COLOUR)
September 13, 2015 19 Comments
Tombstone beside the Church of St Mary, West Harptree, Somerset; 10 Sept 2015.
West Harptree is at the southern end of the Chew Valley, right under the looming presence of the sombre northern slopes of the Mendip Hills. I drive through this village en route to the Mendips and also the Somerset Levels, and many times I’ve thought of stopping off for a stroll around with a camera – but the more distant (and exciting) places always call and I’ve never done it. However on a lovely autumn day, and fancying a look at somewhere completely new – to try and get the photographic juices flowing – I at last got around to it.
I spent most of my time in the little churchyard, humming Florence & The Machine numbers, and looking at anything and everything for a long time. It was of course a pleasure just being there, the churchyard being something of a quiet and deserted backwater. And, as an excellent article in Black+White Photography recently instructed, I emptied my mind of all extraneous thoughts and simply gazed around – and felt good for doing that. I also found that humming and singing the songs had a very beneficial effect too – it put me in the mood and, I think, heightened my perceptions – and it was, quite simply, enjoyable – who wants more???
You can find out more about West Harptree here.
D700 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 1600 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Full Contrast and Structure preset and selectively restoring colour.