Here is image number 1 in my Top 10 images of the year. Woodhenge photographed one January evening with the sun shining through the picture.
Firstly, a bit about Woodhenge. It is an English Heritage site, and you can find out all about it here.
Woodhenge is an atmospheric Neolithic site close to Stonehenge. Probably built about 2300 BC, it was originally believed to be the remains of a large burial mound, surrounded by a bank and ditch almost completely destroyed by ploughing. Aerial photography detected rings of dark spots in a crop of wheat, and today concrete markers replace the six concentric rings of timber posts which are believed to have once supported a ring-shaped building.
There is evidence that it was in use around 1800 BC. It is possible that the banks and ditches were used for defensive purposes in addition to its ceremonial function.
You can read more about the history of Woodhenge here.
But back to my image.
What makes this image?
- The light of course.
- That and the composition of the shot. The low angle looking into the sun.
Even if I say so myself I find this image striking and interesting. This is the edit I did at the time. I will post a black and white version later, and I might even revisit the edit, but his is it for now. I am happy with this image.
I am not saying that I cannot improve the edit – the problem is that there is always more that can be done, the trick is to learn when to stop.
So Woodhenge, an incredibly atmospheric place and less well known than the obvious henge is picture number 1 in my images of 2016.
Tomorrow – image number 2. Well what were you expecting?
Thursday 22nd December 2016
Top 10 images of 2016