I was out for a walk the other day and I stared up a stretch of track cut into the chalky soil and thought it was worth a shot.
Back home I took a look at the original image and realized how dead it was in colour and that it cried out for what in my youth was sometimes called the ‘Soot and Whitewash’ treatment – which is exactly what I gave it.
It got a thorough going over in Photoshop, after a B&W conversion, and I was really quite pleased with how it looked. Except there was something missing (and here comes the confession): there was no figure in the original image that I shot.
So I spent time hunting through the archives and found exactly that – a figure. It took a while to shrink it down to size and mimic the high contrast of the Chalk Track and then I slotted it in, on the horizon – job done.
The camera never lies, they say. That is true – it’s the photographer who lies if he fails to own up to an image that didn’t actually exist and had been manufactured from two others. Confession over. You would probably never have guessed – but then it wouldn’t have been honest to claim my ‘seeing eye’ had cleverly spotted and waited patiently for this shot, assuming there was a willing accomplice prepared to walk up the track for me – which there wasn’t. My accomplice (aka my wife) had decided to sit this walk out and I hadn’t the heart to run back to the car and beg her to take an uphill walk. I’m all heart! Enjoy the manufactured image. Comments as always are most welcome