On a recent visit to family in Cheltenham, my wife and I broke the long journey south with a stay in Chester. This was our first visit to the lovely city; and while my wife took in the many splendid shops, I explored the photo opportunities around the walls which still surround the old part of the city.
It’s worth remembering that it is not always necessary to venture out encumbered by a tripod, a bag of lenses and clutch of filters; on this occasion I limited myself to one DSLR and a single 50mm f/1.4 prime lens. I set the usual niggling thoughts, “but what if I need so and so” to the back of my mind and travelled light!
This lamp is not medieval but I loved the ornate “roof” set against a background of terraced homes with their red brick and white stone window surrounds. To focus attention on the lamp itself, I used a wide lens aperture to force a narrow depth of field thereby throwing the houses out of focus. Also, I did not wish to have people in the photograph, although the thoroughfare was busy with pedestrians at the time and a postal worker in his high visibility jacket seemed to take forever delivering to one particular address; so patience was the order of the day!
ISO 200 1/3200 sec at f/2.5 Nikon D3 with 50mm f/1.4 lens
This is part of the parapet walkway with the old city wall to the right; my eye was drawn by the shadows leading off into the distance. A degree of patience was required as people casually strolled by enjoying the spring sunshine.
ISO 200 1/100 sec at f/11 Nikon D3 with 50mm f/1.4 lens
I am particularly pleased with my post-production work on this image; I was going for a somewhat dark, Gothic-look contrasting with the highlights from the cobbles, steps and pavement!
ISO 200 1/100 sec at f/5.6 Nikon D3 with 50mm f/1.4 lens
Not far from the previous photograph of the steps; this image is of an ancient door through an opening in the old city wall. I love the way the textures of stone and wood almost blend into each other. A wide aperture narrowed the focus to the lock and the edge of the door.
ISO 200 1/200 sec at f/2 Nikon D3 with 50mm f/1.4 lens