Our final visit to the Waterhouse Plantation in Bushy Park features some of the more scenic and abstract imagery from the parkland. We’ve already looked at the Waterhouse itself, some of the wildlife of the Plantation, and explored my creative-fog-induced obsession with recreating a photograph I took in April. Let’s get back to some post-processed scenes, such as this one.
With this image I’ve returned to an old technique I call selective chromatic removal. In other words, I’ve desaturated the red, yellow, green, cyan and blue hues and left only magenta, which has also left a hint of colour in the ground.
There are various streams and water channels (I’m stopping short of calling them rivers, since they are relatively small, but possibly too big to be considered streams; I’m not too ‘up’ on the technical classification of waterways) criss-crossing the plantation. Where these meet the pathways there are bridges of various types; in some places these were wooden structures, in others low-lying brick constructs.
Ever (or perhaps just often) trying to get an unusual angle on things, I then proceeded to straddle this stream and fire my camera under the bridge.
Further along this stream opened out to become wider and shallower, where there were kids playing. There were a few shafts of light illuminating some discarded flowers that had probably only minutes before been the favourite plaything of one of the fickle children.
A bit further round I found an amazingly colourful (although perhaps a little busy) scene surrounding part of the stream…
… although this unspoilt scene was soon disturbed by a duck.
Unlike most of the other bridges in the Planation, the bridge from where I took the above couple of shots was not wooden, but an weather-worn metal of some kind, inhabited at least at some point by some kind of small, web-creating creature such as a spider or Tim Berners-Lee.
With the harsh, bright sun we had at the time (as I write this, it is pouring with rain outside, two weeks after this trip), the areas underneath the foliage were blissfully cool, especially those areas that had water as well.
With scenes like this, which are full of colour, sometimes I find it interesting like in the opening image, to remove all but one hue. I find it interesting; whether it is successful as an image or not I’m never quite sure. It does sometimes feel like tinkering for tinkering’s sake.
There are many varying types of scene at the Waterhouse Plantation, although most, to be honest, involve some kind of plant-based life.
In this image I love the shadows of the trees and the detailing of the foliage.
A little further on I found a pile of logs.
I’d taken a very similar shot on my first trip to the Plantation. It’s interesting to compare the two images, taken just over a year apart, to see my own evolution as a photographer. A shot like the one a year ago would probably have been deleted in the first edit.
Our final image in this set is of a partially desaturated bench.
This shot is a bit interesting; I’ve desaturated the six major colours (red, yellow, green, cyan, blue and magenta) but this has still left some hints of colour in the dirt and the bench, which is a result I quite like.
That’s the lot of my shots from the Waterhouse Plantation. I split the images across a series of posts, grouping them thematically, in the hope of making shorter, more digestible posts – and in the process making the posts quicker to write. I’m not entirely sure it has worked – engagement seems to be down, unless you collate across all the posts. I’m always interested to hear your feedback, so let me know what you think in the comments – or, if you’re a bit shy, you can use the form on this page.
For future posts (the temptation to use the phrase ‘going forwards’ there instead depressingly reminds me I must have spent too long in middle management) I’m going to play things by ear to see and break up posts if they feel too long or have naturally disparate themes.