ARCHIVE 237 – KERNOW (MONO + COLOUR)
June 23, 2016 6 Comments
Along with Scotland, Wales, Ireland, the Isle of Man and Brittany, Cornwall is a part of western Europe’s Celtic Fringe – areas which retain the cultures and traditions of the Celtic people that originally inhabited much of Europe before they were pushed westwards by the expansions of the Roman Empire and, later on, of Germanic tribes like the Anglo Saxons.
Nationalism is alive and well in these Celtic areas, and the visitor to Cornwall soon encounters these black and white flags.
Here I’ve taken the image into SEP2, restored the blue of the sky and then mimicked the effects of a graduated neutral density filter, by progressively darkening the upper parts of the frame. I’ve not made the sky’s blue pronounced as that might prove overpowering.
But I think that this slight tinge does add something to the shot – perhaps it makes it a little more unreal or other worldly. The gleaming and sooty chimney with its strange little bird-spattered cover probably helps here too. I’ve also loaded in large amounts of structure, and raised the contrast.
D700 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 800 ISO; converted to mono and further processed in Silver Efex Pro 2.