November 5th, 2007

Wanaka tree

West Kennett Long Barrow

On Saturday I did a foolish and brilliant thing. The weather had been very clear and generally sunny for a few days and I was really keen to get some photography under my belt. I left home at a little before five o'clock (yes, in the morning!) and drove through and around Glastonbury, Shepton Mallet, Frome,  Trowbridge and Devizes - great placenames all - to the West Kennett long barrow near Avebury. I was there at about six thirty, and this gave me time to walk to the barrow before sunrise. As it happened, there was no clear sky, no discernible sunrise. But that meant that I got moody, rather than spectacular, photos. In fact that was probably a more fitting way to photograph this fascinating place. The barrow itself is about five and a half thousand years old and contained several burials. Now there are just the empty chambers. I was a bit wary walking into the barrow in the half-light; not out of fear of being spooked out or anything, but in case someone had chosen to sleep in there, as can often be the case. Luckily it was not occupied, though it was a delight to see that there were candles gently guttering away to add to the atmosphere.

Anyway, on to the photos. Anyone who knows me knows that I don't like to manipulate my photos. I would rather use the camera to get the best effect and image I can. I believe I can learn more that way. However, because the light was poor on this particular morning and because I wanted something really different, I have tweaked some of these. Basically, I have removed the colour and upped the contrast to try to give them a grainy appearance. I would love to know what you think.

The approach to the long barrow.

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