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Colemere

The weather isn't really improving a great deal. It's not thick snow, but it comes in fits and starts and the rain and cold is pretty much constant. Still, heading out for a walk can clear the brain and keep one fit. Last weekend we went to Colemere in Shropshire and very nice it was too.



The view across Colemere


Bare trees by Colemere


Reflections


Snowdrops, but thankfully no snow


Mossy stump


Ripples on the water


Reflections in the mist


Trees by the canal


On the bridge


Broken wood


Have a gander


Warts and all


Bridge 54


Graffitree


How the mighty have fallen


By the roots


SUC

Graduated Grenoside

Last week I took delivery of a set of ND filters, 3 plain and 3 graduated, so I thought I'd go out one evening and have a play with them. Here are the results of my first attempts.












One things I did notice is that the filters add a slight-to-medium magenta cast to the images. More noticeable when the filters are stacked, but still there even when using a low value filter. I guess the solution is to always use a 0.3 plain ND behind the graduated filter so that the whole image gets a magenta cast, then use a greycard to set the white balance to counteract it.

For these, though, it was enough to selectively apply a fix in Aperture to remove the colour cast, then a reasonable amount of dodging and burning to bring out foreground features that got caught up in the ND filter and overly darkened. Overall, I'm happy that I can make the best of these and get some more pop out of the skies in my landscape photographs.

Note that the colours are genuine, once the colour cast was removed. I…

Sunset over Grenoside

Sunset over Grenoside, a photo by craigand on Flickr.