Yes, I promise, this is the last of the skeleton trees for now. This week’s sunshine has caused all the little leaf buds to burst, and now it’s all turning a lush green. Spring is here, and I’m going to have to put my obsession with bare tree branches to one side until winter comes again. (And no, I’m not in any rush for that!)
I’ve always enjoyed the possibilities that post-processing offers. Sometimes, when I’m not inspired to go out and shoot, post-processing old photos is a very satisfying alternative. I enjoy the way you can take the basic material and play with it to get the atmosphere and effect that you want. I like the fact that you can take the same image and give it several different interpretations. I subscribe to Edward Weston’s view:
My own eyes are no more than scouts on a preliminary search, and the camera’s eye may entirely change my idea.
Often when I see what’s resulted from a photography session, it’s not quite what I expected to get but it inspires me to try something new.
These photos were taken on a very bright and sunny day, and of course if you want to avoid totally blowing out the sun and ending up with a big white blob, you have to under-expose quite a bit. Even that wouldn’t have been enough if I hadn’t hidden the sun behind the tree branches. When I opened the images up on the computer, my first thought was that it looked as if they’d been taken by moonlight, so I thought I’d run with that, and rather than brighten them up with fill light, I went darker and moodier.
All this dark and moody stuff I’ve been doing lately is a bit of a departure for me. Till recently, almost all my shots have been bright, colourful and sun-filled, and I’m a little puzzled as to why I’ve – without intending to – gone down this road. Perhaps there’s something in me that wants to explore my dark side for a little while. For me, they don’t feel ominous or threatening, and to me the darkness is the friendly darkness of a moon-filled night. but I could see how they might appear differently to someone else.
I’d be interested to know – what feelings, if any, do these shots inspire in you?