Commended in the Monochrome Photo Projects category; International Garden Photographer of the Year; Winter Reflection.
I had gone to photograph the extensive collection of snowdrops at the Rococo Garden, Painswick, on an early March morning when there had been the first flurry of winter snow of 2012. The morning was very still and calm creating a perfect reflection in the lake. The low level light filtering through the orchard and catching the Exedra and Red house added to the atmosphere.
The image was converted to black and white as the Rococo garden has a timeless quality which I wanted to capture.
In Lightroom 3 the image was converted to black and white. Then the image was split toned with warmth in the highlights and coolness in the shadows to give it the feel of an old Kentmere paper image. Kentona paper was one of my favourite old photographic papers in the days when I wet processed black and white images as it had a lovely warm tone to it.
Stephen Studd Photography; http://stephenstuddphotography.com
International Garden Photographer of the Year competition; http://igpoty.com