Fall colors around here weren’t as I expected. The many people I’ve mentioned this to are mostly likely tired of hearing about it and would prefer the seasons move on to something new. Between being disappointed and being busy at work I’m only now starting to look through all my images to see how they may turn out.
So far a couple have caught my attention. Neither is the grand landscape of fall quilted colors, but rather portray those aspects unique to photography of showing something usually missed or very difficult to see.
This one is just a close-up of a few leaves. These were surrounded by hundreds of similar colored and shaped leaves but what caught my attention was how the lines and shadows enhanced the dimensionality of the composition. The light was just the right angle to bring out the surface details while being bright enough to highlight the color. All the little irregularities in the leaf, signs of its end, break up the linear nature of the image and bring some character to the subject. It’s a scene easily missed if you are literally looking at the forest instead of the trees.
This one is a multi-image HDR composition, with enough exposures to enable the viewer to see the rocks as well as the clouds at sunrise. The location overlooks Lake Michigan and that morning a strong wind was pushing 4-5 foot swells right into the rocky shoreline – hence the wispy appearance of the water. Standing there you would be able to see the sunrise or the rocks, but probably not both – the dynamic range was too great even for human eyes. I liked the color version but it was complex – grey rocks, green grass, pale blue water, pink/orange sunrise – and hard to decide on the subject. Turning it into B&W resolved much of the conflict, I believe. Now it portrays textures, from hard to soft, permanent to ethereal, giving a sense of anticipation of what might happen next across three distinct layers from bottom to top.
Getting hyped up about fall colors is easy to do since I have a history of color slides for my early photography experience. Each year I just want to capture that feeling again, only this time with better skills and “seeing” so that I’m amazed at the images. Some years it happens; some it doesn’t. What I have to keep remembering is there are scenes everywhere – just have to seek them out and make something of them.