Bringing Simplicity to a Complex Scene
Here's a pretty place: Oberon Bay at the wonderful Wilsons Promontory National Park in Victoria, Australia. This image was made in late afternoon on a beautifully cool, sunny day.
I was working with another photographer and we'd manage to organise ourselves well enough to make it to this sweet place well before our planned sunset shoot. This presented us with the opportunity to take it easy and make a few pics as the light began to warm and soften. This is a great practice as it helps to align the mind and eye with what's in front of the lens. And, as photography is such a creative activity, the more it's pursued the more we bring our eye in line with our heart and soul. Identity, purpose and contentment follow. The photographer's life is a good one and should be pursued with energy and passion.
The problem with this scene was that it contained a lot of information, a lot of details. To make it more accessible I positioned my camera in such a way so as to better separate the foreground from the background. I lowered the camera to allow the reflection to expand over the tidal stream and add a mid ground element to the image. Finally I employed Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop CS3 to redistribute tones throughout the image and, thereby, enhance shape and 3-dimensional space.
The image was made with a Canon 1D camera and Canon 17-35mm f2.8 L series USM lens.
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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography