Ok this is the last picture from my 2007 collection. I am moving on to 2008 shortly. I nearly missed this image.
I really like this image, and am delighted to find such image captures all those years ago. This picture captures the mood the New Forest on a winters evening, when the sun has fallen down behind the often seen band of clouds on the horizon. I love all those pinks and oranges in the sky I have managed to capture. And there is the mist which is forming over the dense vegetation on the forest floor – a band of mist that would probably cover the entire floor before sunrise, forming a carpet of natural mystery. Now that would have been a great shot…..
My original edit was not great, so I decided to redo the edit in colour and then of course in black and white.
The intention with the initial edit was to bring out all the colours in the sky, and keep the mood of the mist. I darkened the image a lot, and used the basic panel, along with the ever so good HSL panel, before going to my favourite tool – dodge and burn.
I used the dodge and burn tool to darken and lighten individual areas of the image. The band of mist I dodged (lightened) and the shadows I burned (darkened) to lose the distractions in the ground. I also dodged and burned the sky to get the effect I was after, adding to the work done by the vignette.
And there was one piece of work in Photoshop - tree removal.
There was part of a tree to the left, which I removed, as I wanted just the one tree in the foreground. I did minor spot removal in Photoshop as I was there anyway, and then looked again at the Tif file when it appeared back in Lightroom and did a bit more work, lightening the overall image and giving the colours a bit of a boost.
This is quite a noisy image, which is odd considering it was taken at an ISO of 400 on my Canon 5D. Shutter speed was 1/60th second, using an aperture of F5.6. For completeness the lens of choice for this shot was my Canon 24-105mm lens, which at that time would have been my only lens.
Maybe the noise I am looking at is mist in the shadows….
Either way who cares?
This is why I enjoy landscape photography, and also living and working in Dorset and neighbouring Hampshire – two of the most picturesque counties in the UK.
And now that I have produced this image – yes you've guessed it – lets make a black and white picture.
Rick McEvoy – original photography in Hampshire
Monday 12th December 2016