The cow shit thing really is a problem when you’re walking the English country-side with a camera super-glued to your face..If you’re like me you tend to focus on the middle distance and snap on the hoof, checking the screen as you go to fine tune ideas and re-shoot the good stuff…All of which means you dont pay much attention to your feet..I counted the bridges, stiles and gates as I passed them on this rather wonderful walk, from Hanley Swan, to Malvern, and, (circuitously),back again, but I didn’t count how many times I found myself knee-deep in cow shit……But think double figures……definitely double figures…NOT NICE!
PLUS..I was in my much adored desert boots …regular readers know how much I love my desert boots…My newly shitty desert boots,(sob sob).
But enough of the upsetting aspect to this story…It takes more than 3 metric tonnes of cow shit dangling from my laces to stop me enjoying a photo-romp in this ‘green and pleasant land’…And this walk was both very green and very, very pleasant..
This, the best of the four, is what I meant by bridges…Not exactly the Golden Gate, and not the easiest thing to get onto in the first place.
But any bridge is a bonus when the alternative is wading.
Two versions of the same shot here….I rarely post-process shots into monochrome as I’m a bit ‘Up Myself’ and prefer to actually shoot in Black and White, but I really fancied seeing this tree in a monochrome sepia kinda’ way…I can’t really make up my mind about it…It seems a little busy in colour, but maybe works in an almost non-figurative way with the colours bleached out….I’m not sure..I’ll probably hate it tomorrow..C’est la vie!
And..while I’m on the subject of bleaching…..This was a cock up!! For some reason I’d wrongly set the film speed and shot this at 3200 asa with the white balance set to artificial light… so, surprise surprise, it came out ultra grainy and with a totally ape-shit colour cast. I didn’t want to lose the frame altogether so fiddled around in photoshop to get this result..It’s another I’m not sure of, but hey, I do this for fun!
All Images Copyright Stuart Allan Hyde