Saturday, 5 January 2013

View of Castle Hill and a Tree

Back in September we actually saw some blue sky and sunshine and here's a view of Castle Hill from a path through the farm.  There's a lot of paths between Farnley Tyas and Almondbury near Huddersfield and we were taking a circular route from the Farnley Cock towards Castle Hill, then down through Mollie Carr Woods and then back to the pub.  Some of the time we were walking on the roads but mainly we we walking on paths through farmland and woods.

Two photos today, the first is a view of Castle Hill from the stable fields below.  The structure is called Victoria Tower and was built in honour of Queen Victoria for when she visited the area back in the 19th century.  I've taken more photos of the tower recently so I might dig some more out another time.  It's quite a rich archeological site and there's evidence of many centuries of habitation around the hilltop.

Castle Hill from the Horses Field
Castle Hill from the Horses Field
The second photo is a bit of an experiment with monochrome using a plug in called Topaz Adjust.  I've mentioned Topaz in previous posts and actually both photos were post processed using different elements of this application.  In the first photo I have increased the detail and desaturated slightly and in the second I've used the Black and White conversion and then added some tone to the image.

Tree near Farnley Tyas
Tree near Farnley Tyas
There is a lot of detail in both photos and I need to print the second one out on a big piece of paper an put it up one my study wall.  I think it might also make a good canvas print or a framed print, maybe even sell it.  I love the lines in the field where the seed for next years crop has been sown.  Might be good to go back in the spring and summer and take some comparison photos or make a triptych.  Given time and some decent weather I could get into this photography lark.
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