This is kind of a tale of change of heart, change of mind, or just change of thinking all having to do with this image of a Bloodroot flower I shot a couple of days ago. The first result was using a combination of textures to help darken the background as well as add a painterly quality to the background. In the past I've avoided using textures as I never really felt the need, but recently, through a bit of trial and error and just plain inquisitiveness I've spent a little more time using various textures (that have, by the way, sat in my filters file for quite some time) and deciding on when their use is relavent to a specific image.
As is my usual custom, I let the image set for a while, on my computer and in my mind, but soon started to feel the need to re-develop a visual concept that was more ethereal or perhaps delicate in nature. After spending a good deal of time with layers, masks, blending modes, etc. I came upon a result that I felt was more in line with my thinking of this particular grouping of flowers.
While I like both versions I feel that in the first the main flower shares it's space with the background and the other flowers are somewhat lost in the story. In the second I feel that the background recedes and the other flowers become part of a relationship or supporting cast to the main subject. I also like the luminence in the second which is more defining of the springs essence.
I don't know that I thought about any of this as I was involved with the mechanics of capture. I also don't know if that's a good or bad thing, either. I do know that in the early morning when light is rapidly changing a certain amount of quick decisions are paramount to getting a "successful" capture. I also have learned over time that NO image is truly "finished", especially when it is a digital capture. At the same time there is also various nuances to consider, some of which occur while the image is still fermenting in one's thoughts.
With all of the above in mind I would like to direct you to several photographers that are also dealing with the spring theme in their own ways, but marvelously so. The blogs of Tony Sweet, http://tonysweet.com/blog/, John Barclay, http://johnbarclayphotography.com/blog/, and Cole Thompson, http://www.photographyblackwhite.com/, specifically his "Preconceived Ideas" post, are excellent studies in nuance and thought processes.
Enjoy spring...it's finally found its way to our corner of northwest Iowa and thank you for being an important part of my efforts here.
My alcove at A Piece Of Work in downtown Spirit Lake is up and running and tonight is this years first "First Friday" artwalk. If you're near...join us.
Sic “Em Bears. Go Baylor!
For more views of my work visit;
Arts On Grand, Spencer, Iowa http://www.artsongrand.org/
Lanesboro Art Center, Lanesboro, Minnesota www.lanesboroarts.org