Every month on basschat.co.uk we have a photo competition, the theme being decided by the previous months winner, and the only rules being that the photographer must have taken the photograph during the month of the competition. This levels the playing field a little, and prevents those with a huge back-catalogue just pulling the best image they have that might fit the category.
Appropros of the 100th anniversary of WW1, this month's theme was Britain at war.
In the valley just a couple of min walk down from where we live is an old pill box, built near the road and looking north up the flood plain. Soldiers were trained here, and I can imagine the flatness and muddy nature of the land giving a horribly good representation of the area around Verdun in Northern France, if one wanted to practice trench warfare.
Last week we had a foggy start, and I wandered down with a view to getting pictures of the river and canal, however when I saw the pillbox and the bleakness, it was begging to be photographed. Initially I tried adding a more exciting sky, but it worked against the soft lighting of the original image, so I tried out a preset from photomorphis in perfect effects, and that suited the intent of the picture much better. In some ways it's a bit hokey to create an artificially aged image, but OTOH this conveys the atmosphere well. Not everyone will like the large negative space, but to me, it concentrates the eye on the desolate scene on the ground while emphasising how cold and bleak it must have been to fight through a winter in the trenches.
I have produced this in colour and toned B&W - both are good to me, the colour having more subtlety, the mono more power.