I have been very remiss at posting on my blog lately for a large variety of reasons, but I promise to get back into the routine now.
I have recently returned from a recuperative cruise to Norway with my wife, who has just come through pretty severe chemotherapy for liver and bone cancer. We both just needed something to get our strength back. Naturally the camera went with me and I am now busy editing my work and sorting out a few suitable images for these pages.
The streets of the old town area of Stavanger are pristine, and in general empty of locals who must dread the arrival of large cruise ships who can dump around 6,000 visitors a day onto their doorsteps, all carrying cameras. It is, of course, difficult to find a different corner which has not been photographed by everyone else – or for that matter to find any street which is not packed with people from just about any nationality except Norwegian. I assume the locals return at night to await the next onslaught, and just wait for winter to arrive.
I don’t walk too well and spotted a bench in a quiet corner so I headed for it and found this unusually messy scene which could be straight out of the work of Walker Evans! This just shouted ‘black and white’ as soon as I saw it so I shot it on the X-Pro1 with the 18mm lens. I then edited it in SilverEfex Pro2 using the green filter to lighten the tree, and the Selenium toner to give it the tone. I hope you approve: