photo diary 5.3.2011: Lydney

The small town Lydney is situated in southwest England close to the Forest of Dean. Not far from where the river Severen passes over into the Bristol Channel. It was another one of those days where blanket of clouds covered the sky during the whole day. Due to this large diffuser above me the colours around me where rather gray and shadows didn’t exist. One of those situations where usually only a lots of post processing can save the day.

image-37600-b-HDR: one Standing stone in Lydney ( Lydney / Forest of Dean / South West England / Great Britain ) 5.3.2011 15:46

But I prefer to get it right in camera and don´t rely that heavy on post. Also I didn’t want to shoot only low contrast images the hole day. Therefore I took my two flashes off camera and created my own light. Additional a blue filter across the horizon and there you go: a not that gray image created without any post processing. (Next time I’m going to keep a closer look at the height the light is positioned to create more realistic shadows.)

image-37637: Standing Stones in Lydney ( Lydney / Forest of Dean / South West England / Great Britain ) 5.3.2011 16:01"

To my surprise the thick clouds opened for a vary short time and a slot with blue sky and sun was quickly rushing across the sky.

image-37535: cloudburst ( Lydney / Forest of Dean / South West England / Great Britain ) 5.3.2011 15:25

For a short moment also the other side of the river bank was illuminated, but as I took the image below the sky behind my back was already covered with tick clouds again.

image-37552-b-HDR: river without water ( Lydney / Forest of Dean / South West England / Great Britain ) 5.3.2011 15:29

Originally I came to Lydney to photograph the „coastline“ and experiment with movement of water, during vary long exposures. Although the tide tables stated there would be a reasonable amount of water. I couldn’t quite find it! Fortunately Lydney has a harbour including lock system, which lift the ships from the higher up Lydney Canal to the lower situated river Severen. Whereas Severen didn’t really contain water the locks created several (human made) waterfalls, which provided enough flowing, water for my photographic “time” studys.

image-37441: the flow of water ( Lydney / Forest of Dean / South West England / Great Britain ) 5.3.2011 1:54

Conclusion: Lydney offers lots of photographic potential without having to walk to long distances and it has a good public transport connection. Therefore its certainly on my list of places which are worth a second visit and I warmly recommend it to everybody ells.

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