Rathdrum, Wicklow, Ireland

Rathdrum, Wicklow, Ireland

This shot represents a number of milestones for me. I had only recently opened my photography to landscapes, after 25 years in photography I had never been interested before. I had invited a renowned English Landscape photographer to give a course for us in Ireland and I chose Wicklow as the venue. He and i found this location in the middle of the day when it looked nothing. But the next day, at sunset, with the clouds in sky it was transformed. I had started to emphasise clouds in my shots a year or so previously in shots of abandonded buildings that were converted to black and white, this was the first one I wanted in colour. It's also the first colour shot that I used dodging and burning on (the hay and the clouds got some special attenion here) and it's also the first shot I that I used blend modes with gradient fills in Photoshop on. All this came together in one shot. Maybe that's why it's a favourite, you never forget your first :-)
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Keywords:8/365, Bales, Landscape, Rotoballe, Wheat, Wicklow, hay, home