SOMERSET LEVELS 258 – DARK LANDSCAPE WITH SMOKE (MONO)
March 5, 2016 13 Comments
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The southern slopes of the Polden Hills and, below them, the waterlogged flatlands of the Levels – the northern edges of Walton Moor; 13 Jan 2016.
I’m standing up on Walton Hill, looking southeastwards along the Poldens’ southern flanks. There are farms, houses and bright pools of water, and someone is stoking a smoky bonfire.
As soon as I saw that smoke I imagined it paler than reality, amidst darker shades. And I’ve made those shades much darker, darker than you may feel comfortable with in fact – and perhaps a feeling of discomfort is intended here. Perhaps I see that billowing smoke is the sole living and bright thing in an otherwise sombre and deadened world – maybe a world at dusk, maybe something going deeper (or should that be, darker?) than that.
D800 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 160 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Antique Portrait preset and adding a tone.