Saturday, 28 August 2010

Images of ..... Haworth

The Parsonage, Haworth - home of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë and their family from 1820 until their deaths.

The Apothecary (Drug Store) where Branwell Brontë purchased the opium that was eventually to kill him

Looking down Main Street (on a quiet day!)

Main Street again

Images of ..... Brontë country

Looking down towards Stanbury and New Laithe Reservoir

Lower Heights Farm

The ruin of Top Withens, believed to have inspired Emily Brontë's novel 'Wuthering Heights'

View from Top Withens

Stream near the Brontë Waterfalls

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Images of....

We've had a beautiful summer here in my part of England (West Yorkshire). I've enjoyed getting out and about, mainly within about 20 miles of Saltaire where I live. As a deaf introvert (!) it's no real hardship to venture out alone and it seems to work for me to plan 'days out' with just my camera as a companion. I don't have a car so I use public transport and in many ways that is all part of the adventure, planning interesting visits that 'work'. There are advantages to not having a car, one being that you don't necessarily have to do a circular tour back to where you started. The end result of these expeditions, inevitably, is lots of photos. I can only use a small proportion on my main 'Saltaire Daily Photo' blog. Although I also have a Flickr account, that functions just as an album really. So I am going to try a few posts on this blog that are mainly sets of images, perhaps a few words too. Most, but not all, in the sets of images will have been taken on the same day. We'll see how it goes...

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Course Notes 4 - Selective enhancement

Heather moorland above Haworth (view large)

I am intrigued by the difference you can make to an image by some careful selective enhancement, and I keep experimenting with this. The art seems to be in not going OTT - you need a good eye as well as an understanding of what Photoshop can do. In this image I selected in turn the sky, the foreground and the middle ground and tweaked levels, saturation and colour balance on different layers, until I liked what I saw. I've also been trying different blending modes and in this case I used 'Colour Dodge' at about 50% opacity, just on the heather in the foreground, which added quite a bit of 'zing' to it I think.

Judge for yourself - the original image is here, it suffered from trying to balance the bright sky and much darker moorland, so that it all looks a bit dull. Any comments? I'm learning.