The road between Braithwaite and Buttermere in the English Lakes.
I've decided to update my profile. I kind of figured that writing "I wander round taking photos" didn't really cut the mustard.
A fine image. I used to add a frame in my early blogging days and I really think it adds to the appearance of the image. On the other hand, the overall photo size becomes smaller which made me skip the frame. /Peter
24 Sep 2009 7:18am
Absolutely delicious Mike....I love this one as you'd expect! ( I think this is one of your best B&Ws to date - what do you think about it?)
24 Sep 2009 7:21am
@Ian Bramham: Well if I'm honest, I'm happy with the composition but I've been struggling with the PP on it. All I've really done is make a slight curves adjustment and burned the grass slightly on the left of the road in the foreground, but I'm very undecided whether the picture has the right amount of tonal range or not? I could just be being over critical of myself again. What do you think?
I can only tell you... A masterpiece
24 Sep 2009 7:27am
@Arconte: Thank you kindly.
Like this nice little road through this beautiful wild landscape. Pertfect in B&W
24 Sep 2009 7:42am
@Evelyne Dubos: Thank you Evelyne.
Reply - Mike, I'm never that good at analysing what works in a photo and what doesn't, but I do know that I really like the photo!....I would say the processing is just right. You are showing how that winding ribbon of road disapears into the distant landscape so I like the way the light is shining off the road surface and also the way that the far backround is lower in contrast as it adds depth and reinforces the effect of the light.
If the photo has a weakness then I guess it would be in the near foreground where the surface of the road holds less interest, but it's still very important to the overall composition as the width in the forefround accentuates the perspective effect and adds to the feeling of depth so I wouldn't change that either although it may be worth experimenting with a different crop (square maybe?).
Overall, not much help I'm afraid (John may have some ideas)
24 Sep 2009 8:08am
@Ian Bramham: I did actually make a concious decision to place the left hand side of the road in the bottom left hand corner as I felt it evened out the photo nicely. I'm not too sure about the square crop, I tried it but then the image lost its depth which I felt was important. It's all subjective though. Thanks for your comments and thoughts. It's always nice to have someone else's take on things.
Amazing b/w composition!
@Elena Kotrotsou: Thank you Elena.
Oh ! I want to go and run on the road...
great shot Mike !
24 Sep 2009 8:49am
@eva: It's lovely to cycle along if your fitness level is reasonable. At one point there is a long 25% incline.
A lovely curved road, softness is in the air. A fairy countryside indeed.
24 Sep 2009 8:51am
@zOOm: Thanks Zoom. It is indeed a lovely part of the country.
Beautiful composition. Love the bright shine of the road as it recedes into the hills.
24 Sep 2009 9:26am
Hi Mike - I like this as is, good subject and I reckon the tonal range suits it well, I do get the feeling that the road winds on forever. No issues with the pp. Compositionally, I do ask questions regarding the amount of road in the foreground. An interesting one. I do a lot of big empty foreground shots and feel that it is important in my image - then I look at someone else's which is pretty much the same than think 'naaa, way too much foreground', while receiving comments on my own that the foreground is too great. But I don't want to have a formulaic answer, each image has its own criteria and purpose. Its just so very hard to judge in your own images. With this shot of yours I'm certainly not thinking it doesn't work (double negative!) - I'm just a touch unsure... Helpful, eh? Having said all that, the sheep is way too close to the edge! I think this is further emphasised when cropped square.
24 Sep 2009 9:43am
@John Leech: The foreground debate is an interesting one. Call me a little sad, but I actually find some interest in the condition of the road. Towards the middle there are ripples in the tarmac and towards the edge there is that pothole which is no doubt the result of harsh winter frosts, or at least a contributing factor. I'm in agreement with you over the sheep. I did try and get him to shift a little to the right but he wasn't the easiest of models to work with. I even threatened him with the old mint sauce but sadly his English vocabulary wasn't really up to scratch :)
Wonderful shot, looks like it should be found on poster with a quote about eternity or something....
24 Sep 2009 10:07am
@Denise: Thank you Denise. The road was actually very long and all along the route was endless photo opportunities.
Beautiful shot Mike! The tonal range and shades of grey are wonderful, the way the details show up so nicely, and the lines and winding road.
24 Sep 2009 1:00pm
@bluechameleon: Thanks, I was a little unsure on my toning.
Fantastic frame !!!
24 Sep 2009 1:42pm
This is wonderful Mike! It's been interesting to follow the debate above - but I'm afraid I can't be much help. I certainly didn't feel there was too much road before I read the comments. I found the way that the road led my eye into the shot gave it a tremendous sense of depth, and your careful handling of the contrast in the background added a nice sense of scale. I reckon I'd be pretty chuffed with myself if this was on my blog.
24 Sep 2009 1:44pm
@Stu: Thanks Stu. It's always nice to get second opinions off people.
A fives stars shot. One more we can see that the personal vision of te photographer makes great a photo. Congratulations
24 Sep 2009 1:45pm
you make art out of simple things. Love the B&W. You inspire me to want to do b&W again. I might even set up my old darkroom and get my film camera out.
You truly are an artist
24 Sep 2009 2:25pm
@Diane: You're too kind. There's a million and one other people out there that take much better photos than me :)
24 Sep 2009 2:39pm
Amazing b/w shot, well taken.
24 Sep 2009 4:46pm
Balance of tones is perfect Mike, the aerial perspective on the hills behind only adds to the sense of depth from the road leading us in. Personally I prefer it too your colour work, but then that is my bias ;o)
Not quite as vicious a climb then as Wrynose Pass ;o)
24 Sep 2009 5:32pm
@Blackdog: I don't think I've ever had the privilege of Wrynose Pass but I'll make a note for next time I'm up there. Cheers.
interesting debate - I think it is a striking image
24 Sep 2009 5:43pm
this is wonderful.
24 Sep 2009 5:53pm
EXCELLENT composition and pov -- i just want to hop on in and follow this road... beautifully done Mike!
This is quite breathtaking Mike.
24 Sep 2009 5:58pm
cracking image, classic lakes image
24 Sep 2009 6:53pm
This is a great capture!! I get the feeling the road goes on forever Mike. This was taken from a perfect angle. Love it!! : )
24 Sep 2009 7:31pm
You got it
25 Sep 2009 12:53am
25 Sep 2009 1:43am
An incredible image. It takes the viewers eye and forces them to wander down the roadinto the valley. Kinda leavers you wondering whats behind the hill. Great composition. Well done.
25 Sep 2009 3:13am
@Lee: More of the same Lee. It goes on for a good way.
WOW!!!! Fantastic shot! I love the comp.
25 Sep 2009 4:24am
Très très beau cette photo qui nous emmène au loin dans ce paysage sauvage et en N&B j'aime beaucoup
25 Sep 2009 5:25am
Great B&W shot, this is so calming... I'd like to take that road to discover what's behind :) Well done !
25 Sep 2009 7:52am
Beautiful shot, great composition!!
25 Sep 2009 8:00am
What a pleasure for the eye the way the road winds in to the picture
25 Sep 2009 9:48am
Hi there...thank,s for visiting....Black and White-like it....
25 Sep 2009 1:42pm
On the road again again, sublime n/b
25 Sep 2009 1:54pm
This really works. Don't be so hard on yourself (easy to say as we are all our best critics) as this is one of your very best images. Great work Mike!
25 Sep 2009 6:32pm
A wonderful road !
26 Sep 2009 9:04am
Our eye is zigzaguing like the path and this is joyful ! Lovely B&W*
26 Sep 2009 9:13am
stunning. stunning. stunning!!!!
26 Sep 2009 1:03pm
Your road winding away to infinity is enticing...makes me want to travel it to see what's over the rise!
26 Sep 2009 10:34pm
A magical monochrome, Mike - very fine.
27 Sep 2009 4:30am
It's a masterpiece, Mike!
27 Sep 2009 5:01am
Yeah, it's really winding. Great capture.
27 Sep 2009 8:19am
Beautiful landscape! Great capture!
27 Sep 2009 2:32pm
Very nice perspective. And the B&W is a great choice…
27 Sep 2009 4:10pm
A very fine composition! Excellent shot!
27 Sep 2009 8:41pm
i like the b&w style, great
27 Sep 2009 8:44pm
So much has already been written so I´ll just say,Love it !!!
28 Sep 2009 5:59am
great tonality and framing
29 Sep 2009 5:19pm
Very beautiful perspective and very beautiful BW
1 Oct 2009 5:17am
Love the way the road winds through the photo. Beautiful place.
2 Oct 2009 11:05am
The long and winding road---so cool. And you have some killer sheep in there as well! LOVE IT!
5 Oct 2009 1:00pm
7 Oct 2009 8:03am
Fantastic picture. the lights work great in the background too.
7 Oct 2009 5:06pm
nice sense of depth,
the road goes down, down, down
19 Oct 2009 8:31am
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