Branches and berries

Red berries and branches form a stark contrast against the gravelled building. I love to mix man-made with nature trying to make them blend and have the organic merge with inorganic. Where do the branches end? Are the berries floating in space? Are they part of the background? is this whole image 2D?

I goosed up the contrast to the max to enhance the effect-which added the white edging to the branches and berries to make the pop. I hope these white slivers create a winter feel (like snow or ice coating them). The contrast shift did make the photo enhancement obvious, but this site is my playground and I spent years using only natural effects. Now I get to add funky effects and call it art! Note, though, that only contrast was harmed in creating this image. No other tweaks / filters / effects were necessary. Still quite a pure image!

This looks like a black and white shot with colorized berries, but this was due to flat light. It was taken in full colour mode. I often search out this effect, and you’ll se more if it in the coming months. I call it ‘almost black and white’ and I found several different lighting conditions / camera angles that cause it.





Branches Merged

Using depth of field to foreshorten the image and flatten out the normal background / foreground interplay, I attempted to ‘paint’ these winterized tree trunks with evergreen colours from shrubs in the foreground. Even though at first glance this is a photo of greenery, the stars of the show are actually the dull trunks hiding way in the back! I lead the eye to them and hint at their importance through the branches from the bottom right flowing to the upper left.  Try looking at this photo without ending up staring at these trunks! Leading the eyes in this way is helped by the bright white in left half of the picture which grabs your attention and gives it nowhere else to go.

You’ll see some more natural effects in future posts. It’s always been one of my favourite themes.

First Foot

In Scotland a New Year tradition is to go First Footing. The first foot in your door should be a tall dark stranger. I am none of these, but welcome to the First Foot in this blog. Happy Hogmonay, everyone!

The soft glow / soft focus effect was rendered with the phone’s flash on brilliantly white snow. Somehow the image seems to have reversed itself too-as if the footprint is rising up out of the ground. Weird! I didn’t expect this effect, but it opens up a whole new line of experimentation.