Hillside Hawthornes

When we visit friends Ron & Penny in Herefordshire……..which isn’t often enough…….Ron and I usually take a stroll up Merbach Hill. At the top is the spectacularly positioned common lying around 1000 feet up above the Wye valley, with glorious views to the Malvern Hills to the east, Clee Hill to the north, Hay Bluff and the Black Mountains to the south and the Welsh Hills to the west. Part of the ascent is through sheep pasture and stunted hawthorne which appeal to me because of their twisted and gnarled character…………….Yes, I can hear the comments……..o.k., o.k., I might be getting a bit gnarled…….but twisted…..never……..

I was really quite pleased with the work that I did on this picture. It started out as a so, so colour shot……the light wasn’t good,……..and then went through a sepia toning which was a bit marmite coloured, and now……….well it’s interesting how you move on………your views about photography and images changes, and your editing approach gradually evolves……….so today I’m pleased with the outcome……

 

 

11 thoughts on “Hillside Hawthornes

    • It had the potential to look hauntingly beautiful…….it was incipient in that place…….it was what I saw……and that was what made me take the shot. All is interpretation. Just think how some motion picture films are presented through filtering to create a romantic atmosphere…..a perfectly justifiable way of presenting reality.

      I used to work in film and process and print my work. I regret at times having sold our dark room equipment. Developing images was a kind of magic…….as it is now with digital…..almost!

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