At Wicken Fen

At Wicken Fen
Originally uploaded by alexbrn


It was the kind of light that came through the window, tapped you on the shoulder and said "you don't want to be stuck inside with your laptop - you want to be out taking photos".

So at lunch time I drove up to Wicken Fen (12 miles or so north of Cambridge) and got some pictures, principally of the windpump (must not call it a mill) there. The weather was extremely changeable, switching from blue sky to cloud and rain in minutes. But when the sun did shine, it was a lovely clear East Anglian light ...

This is an HDR image.

Comments (4) -

  • Lars Marius Garshol

    11/25/2008 6:47:20 PM | Reply

    Interesting that this is HDR, because looking at it I did not see that at all. It looks like what I'd expect my eyes to show me in this situation. Looking more closely now, maybe I can guess it from the slightly paler blue sky near the edge of the tower. Maybe.

  • Alex

    11/25/2008 7:33:29 PM | Reply


    I am trying to make HDRs that don't look like HDRs.

    The halo effect *is* a giveaway, but I find if I pre-process the source images with DxO Optics Pro ( ) this is much reduced.

    - Alex.

  • Wu Ming Shi

    11/26/2008 1:22:20 PM | Reply


    No pictures of the snow last weekend? I'm disappointed! That was a big weather event!

  • Alex

    11/26/2008 2:39:09 PM | Reply

    @Wu Ming Shi

    We only had a light dusting of hail-like stuff in Cambridge, and it turned to rain shortly thereafter, spoiling everything :-(

    Every morning when it's cold I twitch the curtains to see if it's snowed, ready to make a pre-dawn photo dash if necessary!

    - Alex.