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Neodigital Art | A cold wet Monday


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Icy water

Finding something to photograph on a cold wet Monday is challenging to say the least. My main problem taking this photo was trying to get it level; that and keeping the rain off the camera and trying not to freeze to death. I edited the photo a little to add a little colour to the foreground. You can also take colour away to set a mood…

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Victorian Sepia

This was a Victorian park and so I have changed the picture to sepia and then I increased the saturation just a little. It seems to make it more like a photograph that would have been taken in the early days of photography and seems to suit the picture. This is where the art but comes in; manipulating the picture with a  little editing. The park was Willenhall Memorial Park.

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A Market by Royal Charter

The market has a history that goes back to Medieval times. In the 18th century Wednesbury was granted a Royal Charter to hold a market weekly by Queen Anne. You can read what Hackwood (the historian) said about it and the history of Wednesbury – here. I thought this photograph of the market stalls would look better in sepia too.

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This is now a pedestrianized precinct but the Victorian shops remain and the pavement is sort of reproduction brick. The lamps too are of a Victorian design. I like the way the goods are on the pavements outside the shops too, although  that practice  is sometimes frowned upon because it obstructs the pavement.

I think the monochrome pictures suit the Victorian nature of the town and sepia in particular. You can add a little more colour to the sepia by simply increasing the saturation when editing. My camera does shoot in black and white but I prefer to convert the picture in editing and see what it looks like in black and white, sepia and other tones. Even a blue tone can be suitable for some pictures; especially stone buildings like churches.

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13 responses

  1. Getting better Mike, the first picture was Fibbersley Nature Reserve in Willenhall, and that area is rather histotic in it’s own right. I think Willenhall Park came about in the 1920’s as a memorial to the war dead. but before that I am not sure of it’s history as it does look Victorion in Places. I cannot argue with you with that yellow look as I have not seen very early photographs, but over all you are becoming better with your writing well done.

    14, February 2012 at 1:18 pm

  2. Yes, the memorial park was a memorial to the dead of World War, I think it was opened in 1922. This blog was featured on the YamYam and so I gave it a local bias!

    14, February 2012 at 2:22 pm

  3. Hi Mike, Once again, loving the pictures! I especially loved the Victorian Sepia and the last one with the brick. Fascinating how taking the colour away completely changed the photos.

    I shared those two photos on Pinterest for you!

    Thanks for the shoutout on the other blog’s comments. Really appreciate it! You were right, yesterday’s post was the most popular one of 2012. 🙂

    16, February 2012 at 3:28 am

  4. Hi Carolyn,

    Thanks for the share. I might do a blog about the Facebook Timeline today. I think a good Timeline can enhance all sort of prospects, relationships and even improve employment prospects. I’m looking forward to Spring and better light for photography. The longer days will give us a lot more scope too.

    16, February 2012 at 11:16 am

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