Monochrome Arboretum

There are some more images taken at Batsford Arboretum in Gloucestershire this week. This time, however, I am showing four monochrome photographs.
Although there are some beautiful colours to be found at arboretums all year round there are also marvellous tones, textures and shapes that can be emphasised with careful post-processing.

Fujifilm X-T1 Fujinon XF35mm F/2 R WR

The first photograph is of a tree I have photographed many times before, but have never captured it to my satisfaction. The limbs and branches of the tree are beautiful and seem as though they could move and sway around of their own volition. At the time of this photograph, the light was in the right direction and was quite soft. This allowed the detail and texture to be shown on the bark and to also make the branches stand out against the background.

Fujifilm X-T1 Fujinon XF35mm F/2 R WR

This next image is obviously of Buddha and it sits in the oriental part of the arboretum. In colour, the picture would show the lovely patina that it now has formed on the statue, in monochrome the beautiful tones can be enhanced as well as the nice curved lines of the Buddha.

Fujifilm X-T1 Fujinon XF35mm F/2 R WR

Although most people seem to think that holly berries are red, there are in fact species of holly that have different colour fruits. This particular one had very pale yellow berries that stood out against the leaves of the plant really nicely. I used a monopod for this shot as the light was quite low and the holly bush in shade.

Fujifilm X-T1 Fujinon XF35mm F/2 R WR

The last photograph is of a bamboo plant. The actual plant is only about two metres wide but by cropping in close it now looks as though the foliage is more extensive than it actually is forming a dense undergrowth.


Out and About: Batsford Arboretum

I was at the very nice Batsford Arboretum today with a couple of members of the photo club.  It started off pretty dark and overcast with some fog still sticking around the base of the trees. Knowing that light was going to be scarce, I took my monopod on the shoot, and I’m glad I did as I needed to get some sufficient depth of field with the low light levels.

We did get some sunshine through just before lunch, but before I had even finished my beef sandwich in their excellent café, the light disappeared once again and the gloom descended. Out in the arboretum once again, it was suggested as we looked from one of the high view points over the cotswolds, that we should take a picture of the landscape and turn what would be a boring landscape view into something more interesting in processing.

So, once home and images downloaded,  I used Lightroom and Photoshop to try and give the image a dawn feel to it.  It’s a little overdone, but I enjoyed doing it. The first image is the original, the second the processed version.

Taken with a Nikon D7100 and 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 G full frame lens.






Out and About

This weekend Mrs M and I took the first trip this year down to Batsford Arboretum, just outside Moreton-in-Marsh in Gloucestershire. We like to go and have a look at the gardens and trees a few times a year to take in the fabulous colours that swap and change through the seasons.

The Arboretum is in full spring dress at the moment, and the photograph below shows one of the glades that are absolutely awash with spring wild flowers.


Out and About – Batsford Arboretum

We left Coventry under dark clouds and pouring rain, but once south of Stratford, the weather cleared up and by the time we got to Batsford Arboretum (after a delicious lunch at Prego in Broadway) the sun was out and it was very warm. In October? Go figure!

It looks like once again we had mis-timed the visit to the arboretum to see the changing colour of the leaves, as very few were actually in their autumn colours. Nevertheless we took the opportunity to have a wander around one of our favourite places in the Cotswolds.
I had decided to take the old Olympus E-1 out for a run today together with the Zuiko 14-54 MKII lens. This is such a good combination, and the E-1 is just a really nice camera to use. Yes, it’s only 6 megapixels and has a LCD screen only marginally bigger than a postage stamp, but ergonomically it is a delightful camera to use. The various buttons and wheels just fall right for the hand, the shutter is whisper quiet and the colours from the Kodak sensor are superb. I had removed the battery grip for this trip, as I am beginning to appreciate the reduction in weight and portability of bigger DSLR’s without this encumberance, and the solid, immensely strong E-1 is quite a weight on its own.

Here’s one from the day:

Batsford Arboretum
Batsford Arboretum – Olympus E-1