I never use flashlights or other artificial lighting equipment. Personally I think that you can make perfect pictures with advanced artificial lighting but you loose the ‘soul’ of the subject. For me it’s the challenge to use the available light and picture as is, followed by enhancing the ‘soul of the image’ with photo-processing software. At this stage I’m fascinated by the influence of (natural) light and it’s colour (temperatures) reflecting on my subjects. The colour of water surface, for example, changes continuously partly influenced also by the surrounding colours of vegetation etc.
Take this cactus (botanical name ‘Cephalocereus senilis’ but just say ‘Old Man’s Beard’). It’s one with white hair as seen with the bare eye but it’s not that white if nearby other (flowering) plants with different colours. Than the ‘Old Man’ suddenly becomes a colourful personality (or must I say ‘plantality? 😉 ). To enhance the colours I only had to move the ‘contrast’ and ‘brightness’ sliders plus the ‘exposure’ one in Photoshop a bit. More important was to photograph it at the right time of the right day. I made three pictures this morning somewhere between 10 and 11 AM and only one had more or less the desired ‘natural’ colours.
The second picture is the original (as is). See for yourself!
Sometime ago I posted landscape picture I took near Barrydale in the Little Karoo. One of these I re-processed but than in monochrome (the thumbnail is the original).
Cycads date back a few hundred million years and survived the Dino- and other Saurussen. In Southern Africa alone there are 65 species; in our garden we have seven (all with an official permit) of which two species are threatened with extinction. There is a lively ‘trade’ in cycads; i.e. poaching in nature and exporting them as ferns or palms (what do customs know?). Seemingly economics are prioritised above nature by government officials and that is sad. Anyway yesterday I pictured a leaf of one of those pre-historic plants.
It’s not the Danube but the Klein Rivier (Little River) that streams along my village. BTW from the past I never seen a blue Danube (only on pictures) but ‘our’ river is now and than blue depending on the color (temperature) of the sky … 😉 When there is no wind or water coming from upstream the river becomes like a mirror. Time for meditation and self reflection.
Tuesday 12 November goes into history as ‘My Play Day’. I’m still exploring different techniques in photo processing. I know what I want and also know it’s a long road of achievement. I can see my own style in the distance but still have to hone (refine) my skills. During this historical day I’ve been merely working on monochromes (with a few exceptions) and in such a way that the result sometimes leans towards graphics. What you see in this series is not really extraordinary; it’s just one of those phases I have to go through….. Leanne Cole is so right in mentioning picking up ideas (etc.) here and there but never copy; just for the evolvement towards your true own ‘image’; in my case ‘Imaginaries‘.
I don’t have to go far the picture sunsets. Most evenings I just stand in the front door ….
Wood has many colors; virtually none of these visible with the bare eye. If you see this you might start to believe in faerie tales …. (soon I’ll publish some pictures of elves in my neck of the woods…