Two image of Bath – before and after

Last month I had a short break in Bath.  The weather was not really good for photography and so this isn’t one of the usual sort of blogs I do.  However a couple of images appealed enough to make me think about blogging them.  One problem with Bath is that the many lovely and iconic scenes have mostly be photographed enough so this one is more about looking at alternatives in images.

The first of the settings is Royal Crescent Bath which was built in the late 18th century.  It is a wonderful sight and looked good with some winter sunlight on the bath stone.  However I wondered if it might look good with a slight “antique” treatment and so the result is above as well.  The source of both images is the same file.  For a while now I have been using RAW files only for images that I have used anywhere.  The D7000 shoots 14 bit RAW images compared to JPEGs which are 8 bit.  This means that quite a bit more information is available for processing using the RAW file which is the digital equivalent of a negative in film terms roughly.  The images actually used are 8 bit JPEGs but they start off as files with more information in.

The second setting is Pulteney Bridge again built of bath stone and finished in 1773.  It is a wonderful construction and evokes the feel of a time gone by.  It has a good cafe on it and another just below it so it is a good place to go and watch the world go by.  Once again both images are from the same source file although the crop is very slightly different.  I felt that the monochrome treatment gives the bridge an almost Gothic air and the high level of contrast brings out the architectural features and some drama quite strongly.