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photoblog image Bolehill Farm Revisited 5/5

Bolehill Farm Revisited 5/5

Finally my favourite view from the farm, looking out once again towards Lathkill Dale and the hills beyond, with a beautiful sky laid on for me that morning. I was tempted to enter this into a landscape competition at my club but ideally it needed the gate to be open, it is almost certain the judge would pick up on that and mark it down accordingly, so I didn't after all. [The thinking about gates in images is that if they are shut then it psychologically makes the viewer feel they are blocked from entering fully into the picture which doesn’t happen if the gate is open, I must admit in this image I feel that maxim is correct]

 

Bolehill Farm Revisited 5/5

Finally my favourite view from the farm, looking out once again towards Lathkill Dale and the hills beyond, with a beautiful sky laid on for me that morning. I was tempted to enter this into a landscape competition at my club but ideally it needed the gate to be open, it is almost certain the judge would pick up on that and mark it down accordingly, so I didn't after all. [The thinking about gates in images is that if they are shut then it psychologically makes the viewer feel they are blocked from entering fully into the picture which doesn’t happen if the gate is open, I must admit in this image I feel that maxim is correct]

 

comments (12)

  • Martine
  • France
  • 10 Feb 2017, 00:42
Très jolie vue ! J'aime aussi beaucoup le ciel.
Brian Walbey: One couldn't have asked for a batter sky.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 10 Feb 2017, 02:01
It is a wonderful shot, Brian, from top to bottom!

I understand the symbolism of a shut gate but, on this occasion, feel it should not apply as you image is clearly celebrating the beauty of the pastoral landscape and closed gates are an important feature of husbandry.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ray. I agree with you about the gate but sadly it is almost camera club 'law' about closed gates, indeed when I showed it at my club on a non competition evening a couple of the 'usual suspects' quoted the usual mantra, just because they've heard judges say it!
Oh I see why this is your favorite view! It's just beautiful!
Brian Walbey: We shall miss this lovely view this year, we are going to the Lake District instead in early July.
Wonderful view, Brian. This 'gategate' thing came up once in one of my photos, I got told by, I forget who, that it was old fashioned thinking....smile
Brian Walbey: Isn't it lovely Frank. This gate thing is almost camera club 'law', indeed when I showed it at my club on a non competition evening a couple of the 'usual suspects' quoted the usual mantra, just because they've heard judges say it!
Well, judges need their opinions, I'm sure, Brian, even if most of us don't agree with them. Just think of all the images we'd NEVER see if we were limited to only open gates/doors! I totally LOVE the feeling of this image, even with the closed gate(s).
Brian Walbey: I agree wholeheartedly with your comment Ginnie so thanks very much. This gate thing is almost camera club 'law', indeed when I showed it at my club on a non competition evening a couple of the 'usual suspects' quoted the usual mantra, just because they've heard judges say it!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 10 Feb 2017, 06:27
This is beautiful. An open gate would certainly suggest being drawn into the scenery
Brian Walbey: Isn't it lovely scenery. I do feel it would be better with the gate open in this case myself but as the filed had cattle in it I wasn;'t taking any chances opening it even for a minute or two.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 10 Feb 2017, 07:24
Well, just open the gate quickly before shooting and then close it again. I see nothing that will escape in that short time. I feel like Ray. And what is more - I feel invited to open the gate and explore.

You refer to the 'thinking', which means it is not proven - but then, I agree; what is the use of entering a picture when you know it is going to be shot down.

I am not a judge and I feel this is an excellent landscape.
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your praise Louis, the filed had cattle in so I wouldn't have opened the gate anyway. This gate thing is almost camera club 'law', indeed when I showed it at my club on a non competition evening a couple of the 'usual suspects' quoted the usual mantra, just because they've heard judges say it!
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 10 Feb 2017, 07:38
As a walker, I am used to opening and shutting gates, and don't have a problem at all with yours. Perhaps your judges have never opened a farm gate?
Brian Walbey: I agree with your thoughts on this Lisl but like a lot of other things this gate thing is almost camera club 'law', indeed when I showed it at my club on a non competition evening a couple of the 'usual suspects' quoted the usual mantra, just because they've heard judges say it!
Ah the old open gate argument. I don't buy into it really. Here the gate invites you to lean on it to enjoy the view
Brian Walbey: I'm in total agreement with you Bill, new camera club members hear all these 'rules' trotted out by judges and think that is how it should be done. Then they become judges themselves and so these 'rules' get passed on ad infinitum. I wouldn't have opened the gate as there were cattle ni the filed, I didn't want to be repsonsible for them getting out.
The overall scene is gorgeous but I hardly see the gate as my eyes are on that sky.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Mary, that is what I would like to hear a judge say, or indeed some of the members at my club who trot these comments out ad infinitum.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Feb 2017, 16:11
I know exactly what you mean about the closed v.open gate. It still make a fine image, though, and just the day fro grabbing my walking boots and getting out there.
Brian Walbey: It is a lovely view IMHO on such a sunny day. You have walked by this place of course at the bottom of Lathkill Dale.
You got glorious light, Brian!
Brian Walbey: Couldn't have asked for a better September morning Tom.

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