The chalk downland between Dorset and Wiltshire is a superb location for photography. The gently rolling ploughed fields produce some hypnotic patterns which are the subject of this weeks post (well most of it). All shot on an Oly EpL5 using the basic 40-150 f4-5.6 kit lens which is excellent given it’s price and light weight and pretty sharp one stop down from it’s modest maximum aperture.
To get that ‘flattened perspective’ the long end of the telephoto zoom range is needed – not normally considered a landscape focal length, but as some readers may have noticed, on this blog it’s all about breaking those classical photographic rules to achieve a ‘different’ result (or maybe just being contrary)…
To further enhance the abstract effect, monochrome has been used, and to maximise contrast the Oly’s ‘Dramatic Tone’ and some heavy post processing has been ‘inflicted’ on these images.
The jpeg’s straight out of the camera are already heavily stretched across a broad tonal range, so they’re quite ‘brittle’ during post processing. The worst side effect is a tendency to see heavy banding in the sky so careful exposure is required (it’s just visible in the shot above). This is usually only seen in clear blue skies, but with a 300mm equivalent lens to play with (150mm on micro four thirds), just cheat and don’t include too much sky…
These lines of trees have yielded some good images in autumn – looks like they’re also quite photogenic in winter too.
Next one of those odd ones which I quite like but I’m not sure why. The two trees frame the distant view, and the dramatic tone effect has given a lightening effect around the trunks. The bokeh produced by the little 40-150mm Zuiko is quite good too!
Finally – one not in the slightest way connected with abstract landscapes but I thought I’d throw it in anyway just for fun :-
This looks like a grad filter effect but it’s a result of that dramatic tone doing odd – but very good – things….
Thanks for looking – hope you like them.
p.s. if you like this effect, have a look at this WordPress photo blog (he’s rather taken with ‘Dramatic Tone’ too!) – Postcard Cafe.
Great post. If you can’t challenge the rules you will always get what you always got. In some circles that is called being in a rut. (:- D
Thanks for the comment – couldn’t agree more!
Thanks Anette – I really must do some messing about with film soon….
Wow, these are pretty spectacular, Rob!
Hello Karen – these all started from a short gallery prints project in the winter but this technique has taken on a life of it’s own…
Wonderful eye, and some great territory as subject!
Thanks Stephen – lucky to live where I do!
Nice shots! I like these.