Thought I’d try something different on a journey back from Wales the other week.
With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.
Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.
They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England’s foam.
But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;
As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.
Robert Laurence Binyon
I love the colour of the smoke in this. The shutter speed was a bit too fast at 1/125, but the Catherine Wheel was a bit of a dud and didn’t last long, so there wasn’t time to adjust settings. Not the effect I was after, but it reminds me of some of the Hubble telescope images, so I’m happy.
Ironically, this week’s assignment was to convert part of an image to black and white, keeping the rest in colour. Despite having done this the week before, I did it again.
First I revisited one of last week’s shots. I liked the colour cast of the previous shot, but didn’t like the brightness of the yellow on the bench. For this one, I changed the hue to make the leaves a little browner.
The next one has a leafy theme as well. Must be something in the air!!