Thursday, 6 April 2017

The Cheesewring & Stowe's Hill - Photography Week 11 (2016)

This is the last set of published images from 2016 and features Stowe's Hill and the Cheesewring on Bodmin Moor.

The visit to Stowe's Hill was prompted by the fine weather conditions on a return journey Cornwall. All was looking good on the A30 but by the time I had reach the car park at Minions I could see the sun about to sink behind a band of cloud.

Undeterred I walked up to the hill in expectation that it would clear. Unfortunately, that didn't really happen and I remember trying to make the most of some indifferent light - this also contributed to the images being put to one side in favour of other shoots with better conditions.

One year later, I have looked at the images with fresh eyes converting some to black and white in order to draw out the unusual shape of the rock formations on Stowe's Hill.

The best known rock is the so-called Cheesewring - a precarious looking outcrop of granite slabs which are said to resemble pieces of cheese stacked in a cheese press. If the description is hard to visualise from the first image below, I took some close-ups of a near by rock which makes the cheese analogy easier to see:

I continued to watch the weather as the sun struggled to get free of the cloud. Black and white seemed the best way to represent these conditions:

A big patch of blue sky overhead convinced me to wait longer for a change in the conditions. It also provided a bit of brightness to capture some of the other rock formations on Stowe's Hill:

Despite this brief patch of brightness, the sun never managed to break free from the cloud and the photographic day ended in a gloomy half light.

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