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I take photos when I’m out and about, even on dull days. But, mostly, these turn out to be a bit flat and lifeless – records of where I’ve been – and they are not particularly interesting photographs in their own right.  Worse, they sometimes don’t really reflect the landscape as I saw it. Assuming its not too misty, there’s subtlety in the light on a dull day and details in the landscape that are  hidden by sunny day shadows.

So, I have been mucking around with some of the digital manipulation controls in Lightroom to try and create photographs that reflect my perceptions of the landscape. My starting point was an image converted to black and white – somehow black and white with its palette of greys seems more appropriate for dull day photography.

Not every dull-day landscape works in black and white but I feel these images are much more effective than their colour equivalents in capturing the feel of the day.
Forest snowfall near Bennachie

Forest snowfall near Bennachie

 

Johnshaven

From Johnshaven harbour

 

The Lairig Ghru

The Lairig Ghru

 

Stones and snow near the summit of Mount Keen

Stones and snow near the summit of Mount Keen

 

Loch Ossian

Loch Ossian

 

Towards Glen Pean

Towards Glen Pean

 

From Tyningham beach, East Lothian

From Tyningham beach, East Lothian

One Response to “50 shades of grey – landscapes on a dull day”

  1. alan.sloman says:

    Thanks, Ian – a visual feast, Sir!

    I quite like colour on dismal days, as the washed out vibrancies seem to have more ‘feel’ than on bright sunny days; it seems to capture the mood of Scotland. (Washed out, washed up? No, Sir!)
    🙂

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