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On The Line#3

Another and different clothesline in Hobbiton displaying creative use of textiles.

Another and different clothesline in Hobbiton displaying creative use of textiles.
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Behind The Lens

This shot was taken in Hobbiton on the North Island of new Zealand at Matamata. It is the permanent Shire Village lefty behind after Peter Jackson finished filming the Lord of The Rings and the Hobbit senes here. While there are many Cottages and other bigger attractions I was attracted to the smaller things and still life like this particularly with Viewbug comps in mind.
It was captured at 11am and I had to move fast. You can only visit Hobbiton in a guided tour. So as a photographer yo have to have your wits about you. There is no time to be thinking carefully about shots like you would normally. The tours move pretty quick as they are lined up back to back all day long. So you have to frame up and shoot on the run. That's when all your training and experience kicks in. I shoot only on manual so I was constantly adjusting aperture and shutter speed as I went to get each shot as well as I could.
It was a cloudy flat sort of day so I just went with what I had.
Olympus OMD EM1 Mk2 with the 12-100 f/4 tele - hand held f/6.7 @31mm 1/250s ISO200 Natural light
I loved the textures, shapes and colours on the line and because we don't see this as much these days with driers etc it was a case of nostalgia for me. Being a Baby Boomer I was raised by a Mum who hung out her washing like this almost every day and so it brought back many memories of Mum hanging out the washing while she chatted to me in the back yard. As mentioned above when I am travelling I am always on the lookout for shots for comps like in Viewbug and it struck me that this subject and composition would be very useful to have in my library.
Yes I always post process all of my images as least in a basic way. Here is my workflow: Open in Adobe Camera Raw and adjust to medium contrast, decrease highlights, increase shadows, line up blacks and whites as required to ensure they are as far left and right and possible without blowing out. Open in Photoshop and crop to adjust composition usually using rule of thirds. Then denoise (NEAT) and sharpen using Unsharp Mask filter. In this case I then sent to Topaz Impressions to creatively paint the foreground and background to suit. Finally I used a brush and mask to do a subtle vignette.
In my camera bag
Always and only use 2x Olympus OMD EM1 Mk2 bodies and selected lenses. When travelling I have the 12-100 Pro and the Panasonic 100-400mm tele in the bag. I always carry a headlamp and ND and Polar filters.
Yes if you want to visit Hobbiton (and I highly recommend it) for photography book a private tour if you can afford it. If I go back I will do this next time myself. If yo.u do go in the group tours use a double harness and have two bodies set up with a wide tele and a long lens. If possible do the first tour in the morning before the crowds arrive.

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