Yesterday I spent all day shooting and editing photographs for a competition centered on the theme of Fall Colors. Yup, the organizers must have spent weeks dreaming that one up – or not. This subject is not one that I would choose for myself but decided to give the competition a shot as I do believe that working outside of my comfort zone is essential to my artistic development. As expected the day was tough but I did learn one or two things not least of which being that if you stick a polarizing filter between a lens and a macro attachment it really helps to tame fringing and flaring. It also gives great control of highlight size and can be used to warm the image.
Here is one of the half a dozen images that made the cut:
Barberry and Leaf Still Life
I really do find it difficult to work with all of the different colors and shapes that this subject presents. This morning I decided to attempt a second edit on the shots, only this time I was going to do it my way i.e. black and white with varying amounts of contrast depending upon the image. I thought that it would be a worthwhile exercise as I normally know whether images are going to end up in black and white when I shoot them. Shooting for black and white requires a different mindset than shooting for color. On a technical note the first time that I see my images in black and white is on the computer – I don’t tend to use the camera’s display for this.
I had much more fun with the black and whites than I did with the color ones. Saying that both parts of this mini project were useful – the color part really made me think hard about composition and the black and white part firmed up my understanding of the thought processes that go into the taking of the photograph and the editing of the photograph and how these don’t have to be set in stone.
Anyway, enough waffling, here is a slideshow of the black and whites.