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Rapeseed oil field and electricity cables, Devon, England, UK

Rapeseed oil field and electricity cables, Devon, England, UK


This was taken during the last hour or so of light in the day, and I was cycling back to my campsite. The air was so still cycling through the rolling hills, and for the most part when I am cycling along narrow countrylanes I don’t see photo compositions appear in front of me.

But when I do see a potential composition I will always stop, and this was one such moment…

It’s interesting though, because I was actually hoping for the spectacular sunset…that wonderful golden hour light….but clouds had rolled in and obscured any colour or vibrancy…

I was still inspired though, to stop and take this shot, which just appeared out of nowhere as I trundled along.

Now, having ignored it for a while and now eventually post-processing it, I quite like it, far more so than I liked it at the time….so it’s interesting that what I saw on the road at the time…which I then didn’t see back home on the computer….and then did see after I had a go at post processing it…

Photography inspiration works in mysterious and unique ways…that’s all that I can conclude from all this!

Anyway, after all that…here it is for all to see…

Devon countryside

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Devon countryside

Devon countryside

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again….Just ambling along country roads in the UK is at least a picturesque experience. The hedgerows that divide fields from each other and the roads provide a habitat for all sorts of flora and fauna, so the occasional whiff of wild garlic, the sound of birdsong and the buzzing of bees makes a relaxing experience.

This is a country lane in Devon when I was en-route for Dartmoor national Park. I never go out of my way to take photographs when cycling along these lanes, it’s just that every now and then a composition jumps out.

Again, processed in Silver Efex Pro as previously described.

En-route to Honeybag Tor, Dartmoor, Devon, England, UK

En-route to Honeybag Tor, Dartmoor, Devon, England, UK

I always try to create an interesting composition when I take a photo. I don’t go out of my way to photograph dawn or dusk in remote places, although sometimes I do. But with this image, I loved the bent tree and its details, and I liked the tortured looking rocky outcrop behind and in the distance. I did notice that it looked like a body looking up and so I positioned the tree as if it were looking down onto the ‘tortured rock’

But the photograph was taken in harsh, bright afternoon sunshine in summer and it looked a little washed out and unappealing when I viewed it at my computer. So then I thought I’d convert to black and white, add a bit of contrast and whatnot….and then, slowly, some of that original personality that I saw at the time came through and I quite liked it. But not before noticing the face in the cloud in the top left of the photo.

I didn’t notice the face in the cloud at the time, nor in the original, but I saw it after the black and white conversion, and now I see it in the original too! And I am starting to see more than one face in the rocky outcrop too. I am starting to see faces everywhere!

This photo was taken close to Honeybag Tor, which is at the end of a row of Tors in Dartmoor National Park