I love the control that I have with digital processing. The two leaves in the upper part of the frame were a bit overexposed compared with the rest of the picture. As a result they were washed out and uninteresting. In Adobe Lightroom I was able to mask the two leaves and bring down the exposure and highlights and add a bit of saturation to bring the picture back in line with what I had seen.
Unrelated to digital processing the woods are still pretty quiet flower wise, hence this picture of a vernal pool.
I have been thinking a lot about context lately since my new approach completely eliminates it or reimagines it. I was completely into context last spring when I was photographing wildflowers. I was shooting as much for the out-of-focus background color and texture as I was for the flower itself. Here is a link to some selections from last years spring wildflower series.
The picture above though is an example of a reimagined context. The moon background, to which I added some texture and color enhancement, was photographed a year ago, almost to the date, and the hemlock needles were photographed just last Sunday. The hemlock needles were shot against a solid white, rear illumined background. I was trying out the new technique that I want to employ this spring photographing wildflowers, but I didn't care for the results. I think the lack of color and subtle differences of form, such as in the tulip photograph below, rendered it unsatisfying. So, creating this composite image (can I call it a photograph?) gave me a picture that I liked. One friend commented on the photograph and suggested that I had "captured the essence of the evening's moon." That was my intention and I was lucky to have stumbled across the moon background to add to the hemlock needles to make this image.
When I was developing this picture last night I was very unconsciously thinking of Childe Hassam's "Boston Common at Twilight" painting. I have seen the painting many times at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, but it's been a very long time since I last saw it. I was stunned though when I Googled the painting today and saw that what I had developed in my photograph was almost exactly the same quality that was in Hassam's painting. It could have almost been a detail or a different view. I was obviously very influenced by "Boston Common at Twilight" and am amazed that, after it having laid dormant in my mind for so long, it finally reappeared in such a specific way.
Happy New Year! I'm a little behind with posts. Here is a picture that I like a lot. I hope to get others up soon.