The making of this photo was a surreal experience. I was photographing Uluru (Ayers Rock) in the Uluru / Kata Tjuta National Park in Central Australia. Famous for its ability to change color in response to the changing weather and light conditions, this magnificent sandstone monolith is a wonder to behold and provides a range of opportunities for the landscape photographer.
While I've very much enjoyed photographing the rock in a range of ways and at various times of day, this particular image is one of my more abstract interpretations. I've long been fascinated by how the color of light can influence the color of the subject being depicted. After photographing a more expansive scene I noticed that light was reflecting various parts of the rock and surrounding landscape into a small puddle near my feet. In the resulting image the orange to yellow hue of the sunlit rock is evident, as is the cooler color of the heavily shaded monolith on the left side of the image. On the right we have the clump of grass, the reddish reflection of a shaded part of the rock and the reflected light from the blue sky mixed with the red earth below.
This was actually quite a difficult image to make. The hot, bright sun was beating down on the back of my neck and the clear reflections present in the puddle were constantly being disturbed by hordes of group tourists, many of whom found the need to tap me on the shoulder and point upwards to suggest that it was the rock and not the puddle that I should be photographing.
For fun I've included a black-and-white version of the image for the purposes of comparison. One image explores variations in color, the other in tonality.
The image was made with a Leica M6 camera and Leica 35mm f2 Summicron-M series Aspherical lens with Kodak Ektachrome Elite 100 Extra Color film.
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