Jon Allanson  

Stepping Stones Pathway by Jon Allanson

June 2020 - Stepping Stones Pathway

About the Image(s)

The River Wye in the Peak district National Park, UK runs through the 300 feet deep limestone gorge known as Chee Dale. There is footpath passable except after heavy rains along the river through the gorge, which has to use stepping stones as some steep cliffs go right down into the river at various places on the pathway side. Taken on my XPro 2 with 16mm f2.8 lens at 1/45 sec, f9, ISO 400. A basic exposure correction and some straightening was undertaken in Lightroom. The image was converted to mono in Photoshop using the Black and White adjustment layer, and selectively sharpened using High Pass. The tops of the stepping stones were dodged and burnt to enhance the level of wear on the tops.

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7 comments posted

Becca Cambridge   Becca Cambridge
Love what you did with the path. Reminds me of a photo I posted a couple of years ago with a path. I think at that time someone said should go off stage right. I tried flipping the photo. Think it "flows" better, but that's just me. Also, the light of the tree seems to me to be a little bright which overpowers the path. Love the top of the stone's path.   Posted: 06/11/2020 10:48:21
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Renee Schaefer   Renee Schaefer
I agree with Becca. Flipping the photo makes it less harsh on the eyes. Very sharp image.   Posted: 06/12/2020 18:08:59

Danny Dunne   Danny Dunne
Lovely spot. i would like to hike there.
Flipping of course changes the sense of place.
The rocky path leading around the edge of the water works well.
For a Monochrome i think it night need some stronger blacks and contrast   Posted: 06/13/2020 02:49:04

Jon Allanson   Jon Allanson
We had couple of months of unusually dry and sunny weather here in the UK, I am planning to repeat the visit in the near future on a cloudy day, which will reduce the brightness on the foliage and have some more water around the stepping stones.   Posted: 06/13/2020 03:16:42

Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
I agree about the need for more contrast - at first glance I didn't "see" the stones; I think because the water is lit right next to them. What would happen if you darkened the water? Also the shrubbery on the right is too bright; I would tone that down. It feels like the water is running down on the right a bit, that might be more of an illusion - but you did say that you straightened it. Try Transform in Lightroom and play with it a bit.   Posted: 06/21/2020 11:49:41

Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
Nice image and the flip is interesting with it leading you out of scene as you walk left to right.. the original also works. As for B&W, I think there needs to be a little more contrast, a lot of gray tones dominate the image.   Posted: 06/29/2020 11:23:58

Jan van Leijenhorst   Jan van Leijenhorst
An interesting image. I wonder what it would have looked like in color. I find the monochrome version lacking contrast, not a lot, but a bit more contrast would enhance the image, I think. The large triangular piece of vegetation in the background tends to take attention away from the path, which is main subject of this image.   Posted: 06/29/2020 12:10:25