Archive for December, 2012

Clarity, perceptions and colourisation

theinfillclicks - photo blog - image manipulation

Original photo of late autumn fields and stone wall

theinfillclicks - photo blog - image manipulation

Greyscale of original colour with histogram adjustment

theinfillclicks - photo blog - image manipulation

Above two layered together with colour layer ‘multiplied’ and reduced

Which one seems clearest to you?  Each has a different mood, but in which of the three does the wall and trackway in the foreground seem more ‘immediate’?

BTW, is anyone else finding they can no longer set their images to enlarge as before without having a website address to host them?  Or set the order of images in the ‘attachment’ link?  What am I missing in this ‘new’ image arrangement?


Late afternoon walk round the walls

We didn’t travel widdershins

Berwick-upon-Tweed has Elizabethan walls which make a handy circular walk.  So that is what we did, taking random photos of views both in and out of the circle as we wandered round.  It was a clear afternoon, around 15:30, with low, bright sunlight, making shots to the west flare and bringing out amazing colours and shadows all round.  We used the Canon Ixus 60 but it was hard to see what we’d captured at the time.  All subsequent damage to photos by way of selection, fiddling cropping and adjusting,  is down to me.

theinfillclicks - photo blog - Berwick Walls walk

Let’s not beat about the bush, I’ll start with my favourite shot of the afternoon – out towards the lighthouse, towards the end of the walk.

It’s a fairly long shot, though not the longest of the day, and, although a little grainy, has a lovely colour quality.  Couldn’t bring myself to crop the bottom of the image of excess sea as was taken with the shading of the water and the three verticals together travelling up and across the image.

theinfillclicks - photo blog - Berwick walls walk

Being fairly high and steep ramparts, there are railings hither and thither to prevent folk tumbling off. Sadly it hasn’t always worked.

theinfillclicks - photo blog - Berwick walls walk

Walking up to one of the bastions (gun emplacements) and looking back over the river – made me think of the 1950s – photo taken by Steve

theinfillclicks - photo blog - Berwick Walls walk

There really is a need for railings – here they’ve gone curly on themselves – photo taken by Steve

The fencing here brings to mind an attack of hiccups in an ironworks.

theinfillclicks - photo blog - Berwick Walls walk

And then there’s always the serpent bench in the sky – not actually on the very edge of the earthwork

theinfillclicks - photo blog - Berwick Walls walk

Or it could be an odd pair of spectacles with built-in gum guard – it all depends on your point of view

These benches occasionally congregate looking out to sea.

theinfillclicks - photo blog - Berwick Walls walk

Talk about a long shot – you can just make out Bamburgh Castle on the horizon to the far left of the commemorative beacon basket

Bamburgh Castle is something like 12-16 miles away I reckon.  I cropped a large tree off the left of the image behind the branches of which you might just  have been able to make out the vague shape of Holy Island with Lindisfarne Castle some 8 miles away too, but that would have taken even more of the eye of faith.

theinfillclicks - photo blog - Berwick Walls walk

Late afternoon autumn sun lighting up the upper windows of the Cromwellian Parish Church

theinfillclicks - photo blog - Berwick Walls walk

Walking the early evening footpath

theinfillclicks - photo blog - Berwick Walls walk

Berwick’s layer cake of bridges come in to view as we circle back

And then there’s this:

theinfillclicks - photo blog - Berwick Walls walk

Where once was a cinema/theatre is now waste land – you should always take danger notices seriously …

because …

theinfillclicks - photo blog - Berwick Walls walk

… you never can tell what you might come across – photo taken by Steve

theinfillclicks - photo blog - Berwick Walls walk

After the bracing walk, the drive homeward to the hills – shot displayed as taken