***25 Apr 2011 10,000 views!***
Gold Hill - Shaftesbury, Dorset. This scene is famous as the location
for the 'Hovis' commercials, now some decades old!
I visited it on a photography course and we spent some time photographing it. I found that it wasn't a very easy subject; the sun was illuminating the left hand side of the road nicely, but on the right hand side there was a notably ugly wall which I found I needed to minimise in the image. I tried a lot of shots, and when I found I'd got the road right the attractive sky that was visible when we started had moved on!
I ended up doing lots of editing to get the elements together and nicely lit. I opted for concentrating on the buildings and darkening the background; I manage to rescue the sky, this has been darkened quite a bit. The worst thing was the bush on the RH side of the photo; this took ages to crop and manipulate so that the sky and not white space could be seen through the branches! So it's kept me well out of mischief for the last three days. I hope it's worth the trouble.
I lightened it slightly in Picknik on loading.
Incidentally this is edited with the 'PhotoStudio' program that came with my camera. I never see any references to anyone working with it; but it can be made to give reasonable results (I think), and it is free!
Nov 8th 2008 Thanks for all your kind comments.
I forgot to geotag it, but now it's on the map, so you can see where Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, and Dorset actually are in the World!