There was a lot I wanted to fit in a still short winter day: a walk on the moor; a visit to Brontë Parsonage where a new exhibition opened at the beginning of the month; a look around the Main Street shops, and a hearty meal and relaxing moment in one of the village's cosy haunts before I headed back to Leeds. And of course, a bit of photography, too.
I came to Haworth very light with only my iPhone for a camera. It felt so good and liberating to walk around without the heavy weight of my DSLR. I kept my backpack as light as possible as well.
Here are the photos I've chosen to share as my favourites of the day.
|Delightful crocuses in the churchyard were a must to include in a photo.|
|It was a snowdrop time and the snowdrops made the churchyard look ethereally pretty.|
|Church Lane bathed in the mellow February sunlight.|
|Detail from Mr Patrick Brontë's room at the Parsonage. This year marks 200 years of Patrick's appointment as a perpetual curate of Haworth, and to celebrate this there is an exhibition at the Parsonage under the name "In Sickness and in Health".|
|The kitchen, which was the heart of home life at the Brontë Parsonage.|
|Branwell's room, an ingenious and moving installation created for Branwell's bicentenary two years ago. I was pleased to see it still in place for a third year running.|
|Path to Oxenhope taken from the junction of two paths the other path leading to the right on to Penistone Hill, part of Haworth Moor.|
|View of Haworth from Penistione Hill|
|Looking towards Worth Valley from Penstione Hill|
|Penistione Hill landscape|
|Literary Sculpture on Penistione Hill|
|Penistione Hill moorland|
|Camping on Penistone Hill|
I have now installed a third photo editing app on my iPhone - PhotoToaster (the first two being Snapseed and Mextures) and have used it as the main app to process these images. It's a very good app and I think I'll use it a lot, especially its lighting and colour fixing brush.
I am hoping to get to a stage where I process the pics taken on iPhone on iPhone only, but at the moment I find that app presets, while interesting and appealing on one side, can make the image look rather flat; can cause dull highlights, loss of brilliance, or they can produce blown out highlights or too contrasty shadows. For that reason I gave each of the pics a quick fix in Lightroom after I finished editing them on my iPhone. I think the secret is to use app presets sparingly and in moderation. I intend to make a note of what works best in each app for me personally and stick to those choices.