Betty’s Hope Details Part 1

Posted by on Mar 18, 2013 in Blog, Newsletter | 8 comments

Sugar Mills, Betty's Hope, Antigua

Sugar Mills, Betty’s Hope, Antigua

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Betty’s Hope Details Part 1

Betty’s Hope, which we looked at in February last year, was the largest sugar plantation in Antigua (click here to learn more about life on a Caribbean Sugar Plantation).  It is somewhere I like to try to visit each time we are on the island.  My images from each visit, though, had begun to become somewhat similar and I was wondering if it was really worth returning to.

As luck would have it, inspiration was just around the corner.  On one of our island tours we stopped at a new restaurant.  While my wife checked out the menu I took a look around at the photographs around the walls.  They were all Black & White prints of detail shots of Betty’s Hope but were rather flat and a little uninspiring.  I decided to try and improve on what I had seen.

Each of the prints at the restaurant appeared to be from quite old negatives and lacked detail.  This was something I could easily improve on by using HDR techniques first before converting the images to Black & White.  As can be seen from the first image, by using a 5 bracket hdr set, I was able to bring out all of the detail inside the housing at the top of the windmill whilst maintaining the grain in the shingles on the outside and not bleach out the sky.

The second shot, also from a 5 bracket hdr set, is of the entrance in to the windmill where the grinding mechanism can still be seen.  We will take a look at this mechanism in the next post.

Sugar Mills, Betty's Hope, Antigua

Sugar Mills, Betty’s Hope, Antigua

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8 Comments

  1. LOve the details and textures in these images Mark. Great tones too.
    Len Saltiel recently posted..Glowing RocksMy Profile

    • Many thanks, Len. More to come on Wednesday – hope you can return.

  2. Beautiful images mark. I just love the tones and details that you’ve brought out.
    Edith Levy recently posted..TIMELAPSE – An Introduction to Still Photographs in MotionMy Profile

    • Many thanks, Edith. More to come on Wednesday – hope you can return.

  3. Great pair of shots here, Mark, I love how the b&w treatment makes all the textures stand out, as well as the inherent drama it brings into the pictures. Really outstanding!!
    Toad Hollow Photography recently posted..Ford GT: An Earthbound JetMy Profile

    • Many thanks, Toad. Hope you had a chance to look at Wednesday’s post for the second installment.

  4. Wonderful job on the details, Mark These really turned out quite well. The B&W treatment also enhances the overall images in this case. Nicely done.
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