I had to turn the car around for this one. I’ve written before about being moved to take a photograph for reasons that aren’t readily apparent; here’s an example. When I saw this white, curving fence with the row of trees planted so carefully, and the afternoon sun casting dappled shadows, I just felt I needed to photograph it, never mind that I had no idea why.
At home, with the file imported in to my iPad, I began letting the image guide my way. Looking at it in color it was clear to me that the color was not only unnecessary, but distracting; there is already so much happening. In Nik Snapseed® I used the saturation slider to remove the color, but the default black and white didn’t have the feeling of warmth I felt the scene needed so I used the warmth slider to correct that. Next I used the crop tool to remove some usless foreground and then applied the sharpen tool. I applied the outer darken slider next to pull the eye into the center of the image then moved the image into Stackables® where a filter was applied and the gama slider to restore some density to the shadows. I saved the image to camera roll and Google Drive, and that was that.
The whole time I was letting the image take me where it seemed it wanted to go. I know it sounds a bit odd, but that’s how it felt. I grew up with the notion of the “pre-visualized” (a redundant term I’ve never much liked, and a term Ansel himself never used) image pushing me. But I had been weened on the Zone System and I always felt like I had to have everything worked out in my head in advance, and often that’s still how it works. But sometimes, and it’s happening more frequently, I just give in to the impulse and let the image lead.
In the end, I like this image. I think it must refer in some way to the warm sunny days when I was a kid, riding my bike through the neighborhood, past fences and trees, the sun, stroboscopic, flashing through the leaves. If it isn’t a real memory, it doesn’t matter, it’s an honest one; I’ll take it anyway.
A post script: I almost didn’t turn around and park to take this photograph, and a couple of years ago I probably wouldn’t have; I wouldn’t have seen the logic in it. I thank this blog and the responses I’ve gotten, and the new tools, Snapseed and Stackables I’ve learned to use for a new freedom in my photography. Thanks go to you for that.
Pentax K5IIs with kit zoom.