See below for details of this project.
This image was tough. I was shooting at “high noon”. I pass by this location all the time in White Hall, Maryland. I pulled off to the side of the road at this building that looks abandoned and ugly. I had spotted some yellow flowers next to the building. The problem was, the lighting was so spotty and harsh, I needed to find some light that was more dramatic. I also wanted more than just an individual flower – I wanted the background to have some interest as far as a variety of colors or shapes.
I like how this came out. There’s enough foreground/background to bring out a three-dimensional look with visual interest. Originally I wanted to crop with the flowers coming in at an angle, but I left the flowers straight up and down since the tree in the background needed to stay vertical in my mind. I left the background greenery coming in at an angle to point back to the focus. Because the harsh light was coming in like a spotlight on the flowers, it left the items in the background looking just a touch haunting, yet they are angling toward the flowers, pointing the viewer back toward the main focus of the flowers (I adore that little sprig in the left lower corner!)… I definitely thought that was the way to go with the crop.
The Technicals: Nikon D3s, 70-200/2.8 lens, 1/2500, ISO 1000, 2.8, 200mm Handheld (thus the high shutter speed – no tripod available)
The Edit: I didn’t need to do a lot in PhotoShop as the “spotlight” seemed to do enough (it’s all about the light – everything I do is about the light). The color was not enhanced at all (the yellow was vibrant enough) I played a little in highlights/shadows to create some dimension. I repaired any holes or tears or weird spots on the petals and leaves (something I notice that some forget to do when they sell their work – when you get rid of those little flaws, it finishes the image – it makes quite a difference).
About the Project
My project, Commute, has a rule — Images may only be taken along the route of a regularly commuted location. This means that I cannot go visit a location that is off the track of my regularly weekly commutes. The purpose of this is as a commuter, we pass by so many scenes that can be absolutely beautiful, but we take them for granted and don’t always see the beauty in them. This is quite a challenge as I won’t always be traveling during the best times for light. Finding amazing light can be a bit tricky when you are going through an area during a high-noon harsh lighting situation.
My goal is to make every image interesting. No matter what I am shooting, I want there to be artistic interest, but the lighting has to be simply beautiful.