|Olympus OM2N, 50mm f2 Zuiko Macro, Adox CHS 100 II in Spur HRX.|
There was a time when I used to scour OS maps looking for long field drainage ditches so that I could take photographs like this one. I've consequently got a few somewhere in my negs files. These scenes have some of the things I like: a strong compositional element, a bright highlight in the foreground and a sky that helps to balance the image.
Nowadays, I don't go actively seeking out these ditches anymore but I'm still taken by them when I occasionally stumble upon them. This one was shot in Fife a couple of weeks ago. I'd been out in the car looking for new subjects in a part of the world that I'm not overly familiar with. This scene was adjacent to the country road I was travelling along and there was a convenient parking space on a verge - another two elements I like to see in a potential photograph!
I'd been out with my old OM2N and a few lenses but hadn't really seen anything to make me want to stop - I tend to waste a lot of petrol in pursuit of a photograph. The film in the camera was Adox CHS 100 II and I fitted the 50mm f2 Zuiko macro for this shot.
The original scene was relatively subdued from a colour point of view but there were clumps of bright green vegetation running right along both sides of the ditch. I thought it might add some contrast to the scene if I used a red filter to darken this.
The grass on either side of the bank leading down to the ditch was a washed out colour of green and that's why it hasn't darkened as much. The dark vegetation achieves two things: it reinforces the diminishing lines that give the composition strength and helps to make the water in the ditch appear brighter.
It's one of these quiet pics that aren't dramatic or eye-catching but have a stillness to them that I like in small doses. The danger lies in there not being enough in the image to hold the attention - "boring" might be another way to describe them :) - but I think this one manages to avoid that.