Stone Lion in High Key

Recently I found this new challenge on Mitch Zeissler’s site, Exploratorious.  Image Bootcamp, run by Mitch and Lucille de Godoy, looks to be a weekly posting on the topic of photography with hints and techniques, a kind of advanced Photo 101.

The challenge started about a month ago so I’m already on catch up! The first week was post processing to create a high-key effect. I had a go at this technique on an image that I had of one of the stone lions in Saltaire.

high key - lions

The lions were built by Thomas Milnes, originally for the base of Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square, London. However, the contract was taken from Milnes and instead given to Sir Edwin Landseer. The lions remained in Milnes studio where they caught the eye of Titus Salt who purchased them to put outside what was the Mechanics Institute, now Victoria Hall in his village, Saltaire. This lion is “Peace” and he sits next to “War”, whilst “Vigilance” and “Determination” sit across the road.

Here is the original for comparison

lions - original


17 thoughts on “Stone Lion in High Key

    1. Thanks so much Lucille and thanks for making me feel so welcome! I really like the format of these weekly posts, its great of you and Mitch to do them. Now I’m going over to join your Flickr group, if you’ll have me of course!

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