The image above shows my first picture I took when I arrived at Waddington Fell. When I opened this image in camera raw I decided to keep the image in colour as recently, I have found A lot of my images are in black and white and I wanted a change. For this image, I experimented with the colours and decided that I thought it was more effective with the reds darker than the original image. Originally, I thought about editing the telegraph pole out of the image but the more I looked at the image the more I thought it shows distance in the image and how the fog consumes it. In the original image the grass was quite orange and I wanted to make the colour more bold to make it look stronger. I also added contrast to sharpen the image as it was a bit flat.
This image was taken on my 600D as I had planned previously. By using this camera I was able to control the amount of light as it is my usual camera and I enjoy how easy it is to use. I did not use my ND filters as I was able to control the light by lowering my ISO so that the image would benefit from this. By having a smaller ISO I do not gain any grain, this was good because I am aiming for sharp images that look soft because of the weather in this unit of work.
In this image I also made the reds pop out as I wanted to create a set of images to present in my final work. Personally, I believe this is a spiritual image as you can see the fog travelling to the right of the image. I think this is effective as you can see exactly where the fog is and how it adds depth to the image. I believe the image would not be as effective if I did not have the wall in the centre of the image, this wall makes your eyes follow it back into the fog and is almost a leading line to nowhere because of the fog and I believe this is how it is atmospheric. When in photoshop I also edited a sign out of the field as I thought it was distracting to the viewer.
When I was walking around the fell I came across these picnic benches, I thought this was odd as they were in a peculiar place right on the top where nobody could see them. However, I liked how the top of the tables lined up with the grass at the bottom and then the fog takes away the part of the fell further away when I looked through the viewfinder. As nobody was here I thought it was atmospheric because people may have been here before and sat on these benches and it is so isolated that I thought it had a spiritual look a you can see the picture fades the further away you look because of the weather. This image was also edited to bring out the reds and I also added contrast to draw your attention to the benches and the lines in this photo.
After the previous image, I thought about lines in the image a lot more. When I was walking back to the roadside I was inspired by the white lines on the side of the road. Therefore I had also found an angle that I could add the brick wall from my other images in and you can really see where the wall goes in this image because the fog was starting to fade. I also liked the rustic look of this image with the dry stone wall and the fence that has been put over the wall to keep the livestock in. I think this shows Lancashire as we have a lot of farmers who look after their animals and a lo of cold weather.
This image was taken as the fog was drifting down the hill, to reveal cool blue skies. I think this image shows atmosphere of place because it shows how steep the hill is and what the area is like around it. When I took this photo into camera RAW I edited the colour of the sky to enhance the blue in the sky and added contrast to the grass so it was not completely flat. When I took this image I was watching the fog move down and I thought this was quite mystical and inspired me to try a foggy location photoshoot with a model in the future. I believe I have fulfilled my own criteria of this image and I am happy with the outcome.
In this image I wanted to focus on the lines again, just like in some of the images that I produced from Waddington Fell. I think i achieved this as i wanted the road to look isolated and I had to pick the right moment for this as the road was quite busy. I only just managed to take this with the fog without any cars. I did catch the end of a van on the right side of the road but, with the help of Photoshop I was able to carefully edit it out using the patch tool. I thought this was a different perspective of Pendle hill and that is what I found effective about the image. I did not use any ND filter for this image as I was able to control the light using my camera with the help of a low ISO as the whiteness of the fog makes it quite bright.
This is my favourite image out of this set. I think this is because the fog was slowly creeping down to expose the rest of Pendle Hill from my perspective. I believe this image has a sense of depth as you can see the rest of the hill in the background. When I took this image into Camera RAW I decided to lighten the light bit of blue on the left hand side and above the hill, I added contrast to the grass to sharpen the image. I think this shows a spiritual atmosphere because of how soft the fog looks, like how clouds move in the sky. Some people believe that fog shows a relaxing atmosphere, but some find that fog symbolises danger of the future as you cannot see what is coming next.
In this image you can clearly see the light beam lighting up a piece of grass on the left, making it look quite green. This was taken with my 600D as I had planned. I think these light beams show a spiritual side of the woods because of the way it fades the image. This is created by the trees blocking the sun and the light seeping through the holes that the leaves have made. Therefore this is created, to make it look magical. Also, this creates hard shadows that look interesting on photos. On Photoshop I added a slight contrast as it was already quite contrasty because of the trees. I tried these images in black and white but because I wanted a series of colour images I left them colour.
This image shows the shadows coming towards me, I liked this because there was an area of land were nothing was and I thought this balanced the image out. When I took this image into photoshop I used the curves to slightly adjust the contrast. When doing this I tried adding more green to the image but found out that it did not look as good as the original. If i was to take this image again I would consider moving slightly to the right to try and erase that tree trunk on the left that is the closest to me.
Personally, this is my favourite image out of all from Beacon Fell. I believe this is because this appeals to me most in a spiritual way because of the path leading into the distance and the sun shining between the trees. This image reminds me of when I was younger and how much I used to enjoy walks here. When I took this image into photoshop I added a slight contrast, I decided not to do much editing on this image because I wanted it to be as realistic as I could make it, reminding me of memories I had here.
Overall, I am proud of this set of images and I think I have portrayed the Atmospheric Lancashire in an effective way, using different weather conditions and waking up at the right times to find the right places to shoot. If I was to do anything again I would photograph using film as I think I could achieve some great effects using it. I would also try using the ND filters that I have to achieve a slow shutter effect.