Storm clearing at The Plains

by morpheus71

"Light is not so much something that reveals, as it is itself the revelation."

James Turrell
(born May 6, 1943 is an American artist primarily concerned with light and space)

Transient light from a retreating storm bathes the wetlands of The Plains, beside the tidal River Dart, in Totnes - during the ‘golden hour’ of a summer evening.

Behind the meadows are the Church of St John the Evangelist and the tall old townhouses of Bridgetown.. Dating from 1832, the church was built by the eleventh Duke of Somerset for the tenants of his estate and was a chapel of ease to Berry Pomeroy.

The tidal water meadow / marshland on which the cattle graze is a remnant of The Plains – much of which was drained to build houses.

Pentax K-x
Pentax 18-55mm SMC/ DAL lens
Hoya circular polarizer


Manual mode: f/8 and 1/60 second
Focal length = 18mm

4images in left to right planar motion sections(landscape format) to create a panoramic image.

Each section was converted to a pseudo-HDR image using split-RAW processing to create -2, 0, +2 ev equivalents and processed in Photomatix Pro 3.26.

The 4 sections were stitched using Microsoft Research’s Image Composite Editor.

Finishing touches in Lightroom 3.6 and Photoshop 6.0
Uploaded23/07/2012 - 00:25
CategoryLandscape / Travel
Shutter SpeedN/A
Focal Length18mm

Posted 23/07/2012 - 07:16 Link
Lovely pano! I guess this is getting printed and framed?
Posted 23/07/2012 - 07:53 Link
I like it
Posted 23/07/2012 - 10:02 Link
Thanks ever so much for the generous and encouraging comments from Steven and Giulio I shall certainly get a framed print of this put up in the bistro in Totnes who sell some of my work and hope to get one done for my house when I can afford it It was one of those rare events of light and time and place that was overwhelming in its effect on me, the ambience of it was something that struck visceral chords and it was hard to concentrate on photographing it rather than be beguiled by what the muses had revealed
Posted 25/07/2012 - 08:10 Link
What a great landscape shot Phil. I like the nice composition and reflection. You've done a great job.
Pity the PUG can't show this shot in its full beauty.
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