I used to live in the village of Brinscall, a small slightly industrial village on the edge of Chorley. It’s notable primarily for its swimming pool, an unusual facility for a rural village with a small population, but you’d be surprised at how many people I meet who claim to have learnt how to swim there.
Brinscall is one of several small villages in the conutryside to the east of Chorley, and with the adjoining village of Withnell, it is on the very edge of the bleak West Pennine Moors that open up all the way to Winter Hill and beyond.
These moors used to be home to many small farms, but when the land as bought by the water authorities in the middle years of the 20th century, the farms gradually fell out of use, and Ratten Clough was one of the last to be abandoned in (I think) the 1950’s. Today, it is probably the most intact of the buildings on the moors, most are now mere rubble.
These were taken on Kodak Portra 400, not the best film for landscapes as it is pretty neutral in its colours, and the scans were very flat. But of course film has fabulous latitude and some tweaks in Lightroom have recovered a lot of sky detail and I’ve upped the colours, maybe a little too much, to give a Velvia-like effect. In actual fact, the colours aren’t too far removed from the day, as the grass was a bit wet, and the sun was setting, so I’ve not taken too much of a liberty I guess.
Portra is pretty fine-grained for a 400 film, and combined with the use of prime lenses, the pictures look pretty damn sharp.