Stills V3

March 17, 2013

Muker (Just Now)

Filed under: Rex — Rex @ 21:44
We went on a walk but had to retrace our steps as the walk required us to ford a river!

We went on a walk but had to retrace our steps as the walk required us to ford a river!



  1. I’m puzzled as to where the ford was, if this is where I think it is. If my assumptions are correct you’re heading south towards Muker and the river swale is to your left and you’re not far from a footbridge which crosses over to the opposite bank. If this is the retrace, I’m guessing you were originally heading towards Keld.

    The mono conversion suites the weather conditions and perhaps even the signs of muck spreading, but I leave John to confirm if that is in fact what it is.

    I seem to remember this is not your first visit to the area, so please do let me know if you ever return again.

    Comment by cgcooke — March 19, 2013 @ 23:47

  2. We last went to Muker in 1982 (?). It was summer! Maybe you thought it was going to be Spring?! Agree with Chris that the b/w brings out a number of good things – that sky is very subtly defined and the barn stands out well. In response to the thoughts about muck-spreading, it could be but it seems a bit half-hearted or maybe it’s their policy only to spread it very thinly. Overall, despite the induced shivering, it’s a great capture of the area from valley floor to mountain top cloud.

    Comment by zavaell — March 20, 2013 @ 07:55

  3. I really like the textures over the whole image – I would like to know about Silver FX Pro, as I had vaguely considered acquiring it

    Comment by judithgreenish — March 22, 2013 @ 20:53

    • I’m not normally a great fan of plugins as you get to the point that the image processing is recognisable as coming from the plugin. Silver Efex can be accused of that as it does have some very recognisable treatments. However having now played with it a bit it does allow you to pick a start point and then manipulate as one might have manipulated a B&W print in the darkroom. I did that on one of Nora’s images and was staggered at the control I had and I was pleased with the result I obtained. I could have done the same thing within CS but not with such ease. To me I would regard it as a bit of a failure if someone looked at the image and said “That’s a good Silver Efex Image”, I want the image to be good and the treatment to enhance the image but not be the thing of interest, if you know what I mean.

      Comment by Rex — March 23, 2013 @ 19:51

  4. I know nothing about muck or its spreading, but this is a beautiful image that has nearly a storybook quality and makes me think I’d like to be there. The conversion is very nice no matter how it was done.

    As for SilverEfex Pro—what Rex said. I don’t do a lot of B&W, but it can also be used to adjust the luminosity of some color images quite nicely.

    Comment by Christina — March 31, 2013 @ 19:05

  5. I’m going to be slightly contrarian here I’m afraid. I really like the picture and agree with Rex’s sentiment that the treatment shouldn’t be thing of interest, but I’ve looked at this a number of times and can’t quite reconcile the look with the scene. The best I can do at this stage is suggest that I think there is a bit too much local contrast and not enough global for my taste, but probably it’s more subtle than that. There is a cleanliness about the image that I, perhaps, don’t associate with Swaledale, particularly after the (hopefully nearly over now) winter. Also, the grass appears a bit bright. Having said all that, I do really like the underlying picture.

    Comment by sojournerphoto — April 5, 2013 @ 21:51

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