This is the second in a series on ‘Out for Lunch’ with a camera, others will follow. Today we are at Wrest Park. Wrest Park – a country house and estate in Bedfordshire – has featured in a number of posts, most recently Hanging There and Tree Line. It also has a nice café for lunch or tea.
One entire wall of this building is made of glass through which light pours on a sunny day and it has been the play of light and shadow across the café that has always caught my attention.
This first shot task was taken over a year ago – a scene-setting shot – when the café was empty. I particularly like the harmonious colours employed in the design of this place.
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When we were back most recently my eye turned to the detail of the light and shade on the floor. The first was taken at lunch. There was insignificant colour in the original and it was a very simple choice to opt for a B&W conversion.
The second image, taken a couple of hours later, had much more colour in it, because of the inclusion of the yellow chairs. I experimented with a B&W conversion but it didn’t work at all, proving that in this instance the colour is a crucial element of the image – a contrast to the monochrome striping on the floor and the metal elements.