— Fantastic Fall —
I have finally gotten enough time to start
processing the images taken over the last 6 weeks.
Fall is one of my busiest times of the year.
Usually a large exhibit, several shows, and always
the travel. On the road 4 weeks out of six,
with stops at home just
long enough to sleep in a good bed and get clean clothes.
So, now that the leaves are down….I need to get to work.
Sorting and processing several thousand images.
I sort of wish that I was back out there:
with camera in hand, the smell of fall leaves, crisp air…
This is the time of the reasoned response,
rather then the reaction response from the field.
When I am out in the field: I respond to the sights,
sounds, smells, direction of light, air temp,
number of other people around,
and probably a lot of things of which I am unaware.
This reaction response is expressed in terms of F/stops,
color balance, filters, and shutter speeds.
The object is to capture, as faithfully as possible,
the stimuli to which I am responding
and my mental & emotional response to it.
Is this a WOW! subject? What should it look like?
How can I say wow in a 2 dimensional image?
How do I get the wind into the photo?
Is this a “what is this doing here”?
What could I say about this?
Just how incongruous is it?
How far out of context? What does it mean to me?
Is this a “boy, is that giving a mixed message”?
How can I emphasize it?
What part of the message do I want to strengthen?
It may be some as simple as, “that’s neat”.
What is the best treatment for this?
A soft simple statement?
A bold treatment with lots of punch?
This is initial field response is
Step 1 of my photographic process.
Now, begins Step 2.
Sit down in front of my Mac,
take a deep breath,