Many times when I go to a specific place to photograph, I am on a mission of learning and experimentation. This image is from such a photo shoot. My mission for this day was to experiment with light: hard light, soft light backlight, shadows, reflections, color. Yesterday’s post was a backlight image looking up to the sky from underneath a Japanese maple. Today’s image is an example of color and reflection.
Searching for different types of light helps me to be more aware of the beauty around me. I do not think there is bad light. Different forms lead to different perspectives of what is around me. As a learning photographer, my job is to make the best of what I see and feel.
I was doing some “homework” for Dave duChemin’s “Compelling Frame” on-line course when I stumbled on this opportunity. I was working this sculpture from multiple angles when a bright blast of light flashed in my eye. The light was coming from the rear right of the frame. It entered the sculpture from the rear right angle and reflected on the rear left internal face. It blasted back out at me at approximately a 270 degree angle from which it first struck the sculpture. I took several minutes to capture the bright reflection. Camera movement of only a few millimeters impacted the reflection. At the same time the sun was moving slightly. After several unsuccessful attempts, I caught one that was a “keeper”. This was an excellent lesson and how an intentional point of view (POV) made the image.
One of the most beautiful scenic drives that I have been on is the Beartooth Highway from Cook City, Wyoming to Red Lodge, Montana. On the way up to the summit, I saw a small opening through the trees with a beautiful lake peeking between them. I found a turnout and walked a short distance to see this beautiful scene. The lake was smooth as glass, the sky was blue, and the snow beamed out its radiance. Symmetry of the bluff reflecting in the lake was perfect. It was mid-day, so the colors were muted. But is was perfect for black and white.
Someday, I will be back for an early morning or late afternoon shot of the warm sun reflecting off the bluff into the lake.
Fuji X-T1, XF18-55mm @ 55mm, f/8.0, 1/250 sec, ISO 400
Happy Thanksgiving to all! We have so very much to be thankful for including this beautiful fall day a couple of weeks ago. Each day is a gift to be lived and enjoyed to its fullest.
This was taken in our back yard in the early morning as the sun was breaking the horizon and shining on a little fresh frost on the ground. I liked how the sparkle from the sunlit frost made small globes of light. I then walked around to get something interesting to put in front. This backlit maple was just what I was looking for. It was a moment to be thankful for.
My focus for this image in Fonthill’s Breakfast Room was to capture various aspects of Henry Mercer’s tile designs. A large series of mirrors framed by tile columns and arches covered one wall. The opposite side of the room was decorated with a brocade mosaic covered Russian fireplace. By shooting a reflection in the mirror, I was able to capture both designs in a single image. I needed to combine two images into a HDR to reduce the brightness from the light coming through the window. I tried to keep the “HDR effect” to a natural style as much as possible.
The image is a little grainy due to the double effect of a high ISO of 1600 and the HDR processing. I have no idea why my camera was set at ISO 1600. I just did not check the settings before I took the image. Big lesson learned here … constantly check camera settings before taking an image.
Looking back over some photographs taken this past summer on San Juan Island, WA, this image of a lone tree hanging on to a ledge above the water caught my eye. I recall taking this image and trying to get the ripples and the bright reflection of the sun to frame the tree. I spent about one half hour just moving around and trying different exposures and shutter speeds to get what I was looking for. When I reviewed the photographs last summer, I was disappointed with the color image. Today I worked with the subtle shadows and reflections to come up with this B&W version.
Images of the Lincoln Memorial are abundant everywhere and so are reflections. I just had a few moments to “grab” a quick reflection as our group headed back to the van. It’s a little different .. but not too creative … just another perspective.