Thanks Patricia. Yes, I have a pretty decent file and I've also spent many happy hours in the darkroom sepia toning the print for an exhibition and subsequent sales. The image was shot with Kodak IR film - not great for detail because of the coarse grain. The idea was to give the foliage a ghostly feel as there was some good sunshine coming through the trees into the sheltered little clearing.As you know, IR film turns green foliage white in bright sunlight.
Some background detail: the location is Lough Gill, Sligo, Ireland, where four young men lost theirs lives in a boating accident on January 2nd, 1984, among them two brothers and a member of the Irish Army. I have to admit I was thinking about them as I set up my tripod and took the shot.
The lake has been made famous world wide by the Nobel Prize winning poet W. B. Yeats ('Lake Isle of Innisfree'):
'I WILL arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made:
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.
And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the mourning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight's all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet's wings.
I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart's core.'