Another image from cottage country; while there I spent a little time walking around the cottage, thick dense forest. with lovely mushrooms growing out of the old stumps, wishing I had my macro lens with me. Accepting my limitations, and learning to work with the equipment I have, not always wishing for something else, I watched the sun’s rays stream down lighting small areas of the forest floor, and the leaves that were waving in the small breeze. I needed to have a shallow depth of field to separate the leaves from the busy background. I had to move around this little branch to find the right composition, I thought it made sense to have the branch flow from the bottom left to the top right where the sun flare magically lights the top leaves. Occasionally when I am out with my camera I think more intentionally of the compositional rules, but most times, I work my way round the scene with and idea in mind until I find something that works, and many times I cannot even tell you why it work, until I get home and start review and process images.
A forest scene like this can be busy, all the different textures, and shades of green in the background, and I found that it was a perfect candidate for a monochrome images. Removing colour simplifies the image to shapes, flow and light. Once completed I decided to submit it to Leanne Cole’s monochrome madness weekly post that features many, many photographers and their best, their favourite monochrome image for the week. Through this block I have, at least online, met several photographers whose work I admire, studied different approaches to monochrome images, and photography in general, and spent several hours just enjoying the creative photography submitted. I highly recommend you take a trip to Leanne Cole’s blog.
I have been experimenting with figure and form, shape and light; here my lady is standing in front of a sheet of thin white paper, with the light behind her. during processing I added a textured rock layer.
Where ever I go I will shoot small detail pictures of stone walls, bricks, stucco, anything that could be an interesting texured layer and can be added to photos.
I am interested in your thoughts on my experiment, your comments would be appreciated.
We were at the Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver last Thursday with friends Jan and Dave. Dave is also an avid photographer, and very good at this craft. It is always interesting to go out others especially when someone in the our group is a photographer as it inspires me to see thing “in a new light” no pun intended! Through our discussion about what we are seeing and experiencing gives me pause for thought and can open my eyes in a new way.
The Capilano Suspension Bridge has a rich history, and with the suspension bridge, cliff walk, and treetop walk, there is so much to see. I would recommend that if you are in the Vancouver area that you make time for a visit it.
The photo also makes me more conscious of the light; the dynamic range of most cameras is 5 to 7 stops, while the dynamic range of our eyes is 10 -14 stops. While this might not mean a lot to most people, this photo is a good example; here the camera records the light on the tree leaves, almost as I viewed them – iridescent green glowing among the trees. That is where the similarities end. When I looked at the leaves as they were Thursday afternoon I could see the beautiful light on the leaves, but I could also see the warm browns of the forest floor, the grey of the tree trunks, all was visible to my eye only the leaves were recorded by the camera. Understanding what my camera might record in a given situation and how to manage the dynamic range to show people what I find interesting has been one of my greatest challenge, one I hope I have started to master.
Instead of a lady in red I have a lady n’ lace. I couldn’t really say “in” lace because there really isn’t enough lace to be “in” .
I have often read that in order to learn our craft, be it painting or photographer we should study the masters, taking my inspiration from the Shawl Project, and photographers Ginni Savalli and Jeff Klingler I wanted to study light, or more precisely one light in portrait and studio photography. It was their work that most inspiring for me, and I am looking forward to experimenting and learning more. I think something like this in high-key would also be very interesting. or maybe a red background and red shawl?
If you know anyone in the Calgary area who is interested in sitting for photos and helping with this study let me know.