day 14: reflecting trees
Years ago I took a picture of a ladybug which was sitting on a leaf that was full of holes. With the reds and greens it was perfectly discernible what it was, but I wanted a different expression. I altered the picture so that the leaves were a faded plasticky white with violet borders and the ladybug turned blue. It looked utterly weird and still, I could perfectly see what it was. However, other people would just say “What is THAT?” and pull a face trying to it see better. As soon as I told them what it was there was this moment of recognition and their faces relaxed.
Sometimes it is important to take a different angle and try to see things from a new perspective. In photography this is in my opinion an important aspect of taking interesting pictures. In fact when people cannot figure out the perspective and position from where a shot is taken it unsettles them and they spend a lot more time looking at a picture if they want to “understand” it. If they don’t want to, well, then they’re probably not my target audience anyway.
Yesterday’s picture is one of those experiments with perspective and angles. It is actually the reflection of trees in a puddle taken in black and white.
In fact yesterday I definitely was in a monochrome mood and therefore took lots of pictures meant to be in black and white. At home I then had a little surprise when transferring the pictures from my new 8GB SD card: I had taken the pictures in the RAW format and not realised that iPhoto wouldn’t be able to understand my Canon’s colour presets. Next time I will have to shoot both in RAW and in JPG to figure out which pictures are meant to be in colour and which were supposed to be monochrome. Well, it’s all a big learning experience …