Discussion in 'Landscape' started by Stephen Scharf, Apr 16, 2018 at 9:51 PM.
Tranquility, Fujifilm X-H1/18-55 f/2.8-4
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Stephen, a truly well done image. There is something about it that makes me come back and revisit it, the lighting and and feel are excellent, the depth really draws me and the composition is excellent and your b&w processing is superb.
Thanks for sharing it as well as your numerous write ups of the XH1.
Thank you for the kind words, Alan. It's not a "technically perfect" photograph; there was a powerful storm literally blowing in with strong wind and raining on me when I took the photo, so there is some motion blur in the tips of the branches at the top of the tall tree near the rock. But it has a timeless quality to it I quite like; I keep coming back and looking at it, also.
There's an excellent video by Kevin Mullins that just posted on YouTube yesterday about "Looking for Emotion" in photographs. He shows a number of wedding and family photographs that he says are not perfect, are technically flawed, or a photo that was "flunked" by a judge in a photography competition. But much more importantly, he talks about what is really important: light, composition, and "the moment". Personally, I think everyone on this forum should watch this video:
I think the photo above captures that, too. So, while it's not perfect and technically flawed, I find it works, at least for me.
That is magical. Has something of an infra-red look laced into it.
Stephen, thanks for the video well worth watching. I rarely ever judge a photo by technical aspects. I try to look at a photo and the ones that catch my eye I try to figure out how they make me feel, what draws me to the image and I do my best to not just "like" it but try to figure out why it draws me in to viewing it. To tell you the truth I did not notice anything about the technical details other than how the light hits the vegetation and how I feel drawn into the image, and storminess is secondary, black and white makes me see the tones and shapes and removes the distraction that color may introduce.
Thanks, Alan. I quite agree with your sensibilites and comments.