Posted on 14 September 201318 September 2013Heald Wood A morning walk on the western shore of Lake Windermere, from Ferry House to Wray castle. Windermere looking north to Wansfell. The tree provided a frame and a lead-in to the panorama. The fallen tree has lifted fragments of the flaggy bedrock. In colour the contrast was the wrong way round from the point of view of atmospheric perspective with a high key background and a monochrome foreground. Converting the image to grayscale reminds me of the high contrast prints that I aimed to make in the darkroom when I developed my own film. Photoshop is streets ahead of anything that I ever managed to do. Although I notice that I’ve over-sharpened the image; pixels don’t behave quite like film grain. After we’d photographed the tree we turned to see this bullock standing precariously on an adjacent rock. The bullock soon decided that the shoot was over. I think that he could be a crossbreed with some Jersey in him I couldn’t resist attempting this rock crevice with saplings but I knew the strong contrast of sun to shadow would be too much for the dynamic range of my camera. I had to stand in the stream to photograph the sunlit ripples without casting my shadow across the frame. Warmth and wet had brought out fungi in Heald Wood including these growing on a tree. A perfect clump of fungi further up the same tree as the previous photograph.