Category Archives: Isle of Wight

Cowes, Isle of Wight, England, UK Cowes, Isle of Wight, England, UK

I took this photo whilst wandering around aimlessly around the town of Cowes on the Isle of Wight, a small island off the south coast of England.

I liked the symmetry of the yachts as they sailed by. There was a constant stream of boats, sometimes filling the bottom half of this composition with those little white and red triangles from the sails.

I loved the cloud formation in the sky too. Splitting the frame in half allowed the patterns made by the soft clouds to sit nicely against the patterns made by the ripples in the sea’s surface.

Back in photoshop I applied a subtle-ish HDR effect using Nik Software. And using their ‘structure’ facility I was able to bring out the subtle details of the ripples in the sea. All of that enhanced those lovely textures in both the sea and sky.

Small lane in the Isle of Wight, Near Cowes, England, UK

Small lane in the Isle of Wight, Near Cowes, England, UK

A small track on a sunny day in the Isle of Wight. This a little track I cycled down on a cycling trip around the Isle of Wight in England. I never really liked the image in colour, possibly due to the bland colour from the middle of the day in spring, so it was left lonely on a hard drive.

But I took it because I liked the composition, not the colour, and the harsher shadows helped to emphasize the composition….but the harsh midday light took something away. But I was happy with it in black and white. It sort of matched what I saw in my minds eye at the time

I have gone through quite a lot of photos that I liked when I pressed the shutter, but thought best to leave them on the hard drive after seeing them in their glory on the computer. And some of them seem to suit a black and white conversion quite well.

I am using Silver Efex Pro 2 from Nik Software (now google) and I have added a vignette and darkened the original and increased the contrast a little.

So I may be posting a few more of these over the next few days…weeks even…or even months, who knows!!

A meandering river

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Yar river, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, england, UK

Yar river, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, england, UK

Yar River, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, England

The final meanders of the Yar river just before reaching the town of Yarmouth. It’s a tiny river, just a few miles long, and this shot is part of the tidal estuary, which is why it looks so wide. It could be wilderness…but it’s not, it’s a tiny river surrounded by houses and shops and pubs….and the ferry back to the mainland is just a 10 minute walk away….