Weekly Photo Challenge: Path

Urban Paths…

Urban Path_02

Urban Path_01
Urban Path_03
…Unloved and Unkempt.



  1. Very nice black-and-white photos, they create great atmosphere!

  2. Love these (I have an affinity for B&W- so I am always drawn to pics like this)!!! My favorite is the one with the train, although they are all fantastic. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you very much – that alley by the railway is used as a lavatory by dogs and humans. It’s not a very nice place to go 😦 But worth the smell to get the photo πŸ™‚

  3. Stunning photos as usual Martin. BTW, I’ve added you to my blogroll, so my readers and I can keep up with you!

    • Thanks Donna – I try to produce something of interest. Put me on your blogroll? – that’s brave – I hope you’re into football πŸ˜‰ Added you too πŸ™‚

  4. I Like the photo in the center the cloud are tremendous

    • Thanks Jake. That view over north London often has good cloud formations in the late afternoon. I’ve used a form of HDR to bring them out – (created 5 versions of the RAW file and merged them in Photomatix).

  5. Wow, pretty dramatic!

  6. You have made the “unloved and unkempt” “urban paths” look beautiful . . . one of the reasons I love b&w photography, which you do quite well.

    • Thanks Cecelia – There’s a color version of the middle one on Flickr and one of my US contacts commented ‘It’s time to mow the sidewalk’ πŸ˜‰

  7. Nice one!
    If you want to compare how does paths looks like in Norway, check this out: http://zbigniewwantuch.com/2011/09/04/weekly-photo-challenge-path/ πŸ™‚

  8. They are gorgeous. And I will want to visit!
    Sharing mine:

  9. Your love for trains uplifts the first photo —
    (we don’t smell the smells, after all)

  10. You capture the gritty and unkept so well in these B&W photos that you bring beauty to these paths and places. A wonderful alchemy you’ve done with your eye and camera. Thanks for sharing these, Martin.

    • Thank you – I love to capture some of the parts of London that the tourists don’t see and the locals try to avoid. And if I can impart something of the feel of those places I am happy πŸ™‚

  11. the last photo is my favorite. :))

  12. I love the second photo, it’s the clouds are dramatic…

  13. thirdhandart says:

    Beautiful photos! The details are amazing.

  14. Very striking image, don’t understand your technical description above but the result is great!

    • Hi Gilly – Thank You. I will be more than happy to explain in depth should you wish. It is a technique which can help in difficult light situations such as interior shots of buildings. It can also be used for special effects. I’d need to know what type of camera you are using to advise what could be possible.

  15. I really, really like these…
    what a sky in that second shot! And amazing textures in all of them… the weeds and tipped over parking cone really add to the mood of these (as does the high contrast b/w in your processing)! Very, very nicely done sir! πŸ™‚

    • Thank you Bob – You’re right, I do like to whack up the contrast for this type of shot. I have to thank the council for the stray cone and the weeds – if they did the job we pay our taxes for they wouldn’t have been there πŸ˜‰

  16. Wonderful shots!

  17. like the converging lines, almost a theme within a theme, cool πŸ™‚

  18. Great photos. The 2nd one with the dark clouds have such a forboding atmosphere & the B&W definitely adds to the feel.

  19. Doh!!! I spelt foreboding wrong. It really annoys me that I can’t go back & change it. I wish WP.com had comment editing. That’s one plugin I really love on my site. Every blog in existence should have it.

    • That’s interesting – I can edit your comment but you can’t! I wouldn’t worry about tripewriter errors mate – I just put it down to dodgy keyboards πŸ™‚

  20. Loved the photos, especially the second path. I’m so sure we were on that road that I’d (almost) bet on it, during our visit to London in July 2011. I recognize Wembly (which I almost thought was the London Eye (don’t laugh, I’m a foreigner!). Now I wish I had taken that picture! Looking forward to your next posts.

    • Thanks for popping in to comment πŸ™‚

      I suspect the road you were on was the A406 North Circular Road which goes through Neasden to the east of the Stadium and gives quite a good view of it. This shot is the ramp down to the bus stop at East End Road in Finchley – that’s the A406 on the left. Most days you won’t get a clear view of Wembley because of the smog – it has to be low pressure weather conditions for the clear view I got on this occasion.

      Where did you stay in London? I hope you enjoyed your visit πŸ™‚

  21. These are really great photos! I love the black and white – I especially love how the clouds are so highlighted in the second photo. Great stuff! πŸ™‚

  22. Haunting pictures. The black and white effect heightens the feeling of stillness. It’s like watching a movie scene of the future. It makes you think of what it feels like to be alone in a city. Great photo as always.

  23. I love the first shot! so much memory

  24. Enjoyed looking at your dramatic black and white photos today. They could be wonderful writing prompts.

  25. Stayed at a Holiday Inn Express (Henlys Corner). They’re not glam but they have the amenities I want and transportation options were great. Especially since I have a bad sense of direction. We walked and ended up in an area that looked just like your picture when I really wanted to cross Henlys Corner, past the shops, toward Golders Green tube station. I love visiting London and I try to see as much and take as many pictures as possible.

    • The Holiday Inn is hidden behind the trees in the photo. You can see the A406 on the left just starting to bend round towards Henlys Corner – it’s beyond that footbridge in the distance. You were very close to me then – I live on Long Lane which is the next road to cross the A406 to the east of where this shot was taken. Crossing the North Circular on foot at Henlys Corner is difficult at the moment because of major roadworks. A 460 or an 82 Bus from outside the Holiday Inn would take you to Golders Green through Temple Fortune. Hope you got lots of photos during your stay πŸ™‚

  26. Wow, love them all. The B&W really adds to the drama and details which make London the special place it is. Thank you!

  27. very nice captures in black & white. thanks for sharing.
    thank you also for heading over to my path & the great comments. much appreciated.

  28. “Crossing the North Circular on foot at Henlys Corner is difficult at the moment because of major roadworks. A 460 or an 82 Bus from outside the Holiday Inn would take you to Golders Green through Temple Fortune”

    True! It was the detour from the hotel that sent me in the wrong direction at first. So we ended up taking the bus all of the time. No problem because I really appreciate London’s transportation system. It’s systematic, organized and allows me to get wherever I want to go with relative ease–everything’s marked.

    Took hundreds of pictures. Always looking forward to my next London trip.

    • Funny isn’t it – us Londoners are often complaining about our transport but a visitor truly appreciates it πŸ˜‰ Glad you had a good time. Hope you come again πŸ™‚

  29. Nice path photos. Looks like they need weed killer on the second one.

    • Thanks Connie – There’s a color version of that one on Flickr and one of my US contacts commented β€˜It’s time to mow the sidewalk’ πŸ˜‰

  30. Great work. Love ’em. πŸ™‚

  31. stunning photos with great atmosphere πŸ™‚

  32. It’s amazing how we humans can create “paths” that look sad, lonely, neglected… can nature do that, too? Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting, I appreciate very much!
    Regards from Germany, Uta

    • Thank you Uta – I suspect that only Humans can create such ugly desolation – nature creates desolation too but there’s always a sense of grandure and beauty lying within it πŸ™‚

  33. I just love ur B&W photos..they are simply outstanding…and these are no exception to that fact..
    brilliant clicks!

  34. These are wonderful pictures. They have a lot of β€œtexture” (the brick wall; the clouds; the tufts of weeds); I don’t think would have been as effectively captured if the shots were in color. I don’t take many b&w pictures but, these shots make me want to experiment with the form.

    • Glad you liked them. They were taken in color but later converted into Black and White. The texture comes from using a form of HDR first before the conversion – look up the Photomatix program on the web to find out a bit about what HDR can do. I choose B&W for specific subjects where I think that will be artistically better. Good luck with your experiments – I look forward to seeing some πŸ™‚

  35. Great black and whites! Love the detail!

  36. Hi there, thanks for dropping by my site today. I appreciate it. Have a great day!

  37. I like the top one, it feels like the start of a story, and the angle is great.


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