Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Black, blue, bare, branches

I love it when a plan comes together


Continuing the experiment of the week. Back to the dreamy images. It's Mooragh Lake as the chosen subject. That ball of white light is actually the sun and this is a day image, late afternoon where the light is fading at this time of year to dusk. Always manual settings. This would not have worked on auto, but a small point and shoot on manual would do a fairly good job. You need to employ manual setting for fading light images as light travels as we know. Auto would just create possibly a blackened image all over or a harsh white on black with no nod to the subtle blue of the lake and no definition of the black silhouetted bare trees branches


Notice the small object just off centre? It's clear to see on the large file that it's a large pebble peeking through. This then is the quandary. The image is as I planned, seamless colours drifting into each other with no harsh lines, but the pebble is clearly defined. If an artist painted this scene they have the option to paint it in or paint it out. I too have that choice with digital wizardry to erase and clone the water creating the overall smooth image. It would be the only alteration. I choose not to thus keeping the image pure as it was taken, what I saw, what was there. That is the way photography is for me. It's what I enjoy best taking the mundane and making in surreal. I like the pebble today, for tomorrow the same scene it may have been displaced and a new fresh unique image can be created. It also gives me a chance to have twice of many photos to sell, pebble in, pebble out. Twice as many names to come with though.


B's today, black, branches, blues, bare, ball(of light) and for me bewitching. You may have your own.

So when I put this for sale what would you title it? Any letter you like. I have the title already.
Just curious to see how others see things and for marketing purposes and would this be best, matt or gloss.




65 comments:

ramblingwoods.com said...

This is fantastic...I always learn something even if I would have trouble applying it to my photos..

Nigel, Sola and Co. said...

I say matt, but the title eludes...

Kim said...

Brilliant is all you need B.

angela said...

As it's misty and dreamy I'd say matt..the title? something celtic or arthurian legend-ish (I can just see Excalibur popping out of the water in my mind's eye)

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

B rilliant shot and choice/ Tyra

George said...

This photo is marvelous! And I appreciate the tutorial on when to use manual settings.

Ackworth born said...

Park pond pebble

or

Study in light #13

depending on your market

anthonynorth said...

A fantastic photo, edged with an air of mystery.

marley said...

Inky. That was my first thought before reading the post. Its a super photo.

Granny Smith said...

I like the pebble in the water. If you enlarge the photo you can see several other small pebbles in the distance. Their placement seems to lead into the center and add depth to the whole.

foodiejenn said...

Very great photography! I love the composition of this photo...

My "B" entry is posted here and here. Hope you'll take a look as well. Thanks!

Small City Scenes said...

I have no idea. I really like it just the way it is. Shiny!! MB

Phil said...

Phantom if you're asking. I think I saw you watching photographing the rugby.

dulce said...

"This side, down", this is the title I'd give.

Always like to read how you do your photos. Learning all the time !

Have a nice week.

Fotosekken said...

"Branches is breaking sun"

I like the contrasts in this photo! =o)

Kath said...

Gloss would be my preferred choice. How much for a "10x8", if yo do those. Unframed.

onangelwings said...

I agree with Anthony, very mysterious.

Mariamellie said...

Hello!

Thanks so much for visiting me! your blog is a treasure! and this pic is soooo peaceful!

gogouci said...

You forgot Beautiful.

Tumblewords: said...

Beautiful work! And the narrative is very instructional...thank you!

Gordon said...

B for a beautiful photo and a thank you once again for the commentary; I always learn something about photography here.

Brittany said...

this picture is amazing!

Virginia said...

Let me add.... Bravo B for your Beautiful Image!

raf said...

Strong, emotional image, Babooshka. Immediately, I hear beautiful strains of Rachmaninoff in the distance....

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Bewitching is a very good description of this photo!

naturglede said...

Greate choise! Have a fun day!

magiceye said...

bewitching brilliance!
matt for me

Cloudia said...

Blimey, brilliant without bathos, Babe! Aloha-

Lilli & Nevada said...

That is terrific.

Olivier said...

superbe, tu gères admirablement bien la lumiere sur tes photos, j'en suis jaloux

superb, you managed admirably light on your photos, I'm jealous

RuneE said...

To me, that pebble broke the symmetry just enough to give it the right degree of perfection.

Lene said...

You forgot: Beautiful :) Brilliant - I just love reflections :)

Have a nice Wednesday :)

Carolina said...

Hi, can't add anything new to the above comments. Agree with all of them!
And welcome to the select group of people with very good taste, also known as my 'followers' ;-) Haha, I am usually the only one that laughs at my jokes too. Nice to know that there is at least one other funny person!
Thanks for the photography instructions. I am tempted to go and buy a really good camera some day. Although I think you need a good eye too, to make a good photo.
Big hug!

antigoni said...

Both posts,ABC and My World, are great. Awesome photos.

Miss_Yves said...

Beautiful , mysterious landscape...

Poopsie aka Blue said...

I just need one word - brilliant!

Best wishes
Blue

Mamapippa said...

Great shot, the reflection in the water is so pure !

Mo said...

Oh lovely. Very dreamy to me. I would like a park bench to be placed enabling me to just sit there and contemplate.

Atlântico Azul said...

Mooragh Lake... What a mystic name...

B is also for Babooshka!!!! LOOOOLLLLL!!!!!

Em Dy said...

I love the reflection!

Fhaye said...

Talented person, that's all I can say!

Rose said...

I would call it simply "Mooragh Lake"--that in itself is a beautiful name. Lovely photo, and thanks for all the photography info.

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

great photography. it has the essence of the place in an artsy display of reflection and contrast.

JM said...

I love this shot! Great framing!

Anonymous said...

Serenity.

Snapper said...

Brilliant plan, beautiful execution. I vote for matte finish and your title is perfect, no need for me to think of another one. Cheers!

Marie-Noyale said...

"On suspension"
and matte finish.

Brian Miller said...

Nice pic. Love the reflection. Leave the pebble in. I love little anomalies like that.

Life with Kaishon said...

Great B and great pictures! I loved them! Brilliant!

mannanan said...

Your plan is certainly coming together with that image.

Jim said...

I am not good with titles, but I like your B's

Aileni said...

Bang on, B!

ellen b said...

What a beautiful image you captured! Love it...

Bibi said...

Gosh, I don't know what I would call it. I like this photo, and can imagine it in a double frame of some sort with one photo like t his, and 'upside down' version beside it! Topsy-turvy for a title, maybe?

Jay said...

Actually, I think the pebble adds interest! I like it. :)

White Oleander said...

Fantastic.

Mojo said...

Actually I rather like the mid-field interest the pebble adds. It's a curiosity, a thing that catches you and makes you ask questions.

I think I mentioned in an earlier comment my Cape Lookout at dawn shot. The tiny, tiny point of light on the horizon was the little thing that made what would have been an altogether ordinary shot of seamless colors jump out of the pack. That to me is what your pebble does here.

It's sorta like a beauty mark.

Peter said...

I think that you should call it Mooragh Lake, it sounds exotic! ... and I would make it matte!

Pagan Sphinx said...

Dreamy, mythical, placid are all words that come to mind. Nice job.

Rinkly Rimes said...

Bountiful beautiful B.

bintang said...

Aaahh, now I get it..
This kind of shot should be in ABC Wednesday..
Not just that barbecue..LOL!!!

tr3nta said...

beautiful reflections...

2sweetnsaxy said...

Beautiful! Personally, I like the pebble. Nature is not perfect and neither are we. It's like a mole on the face of the water. :-)

Celeste said...

I think Brooding should be added to your list of potential B titles! Great shot.

Susie of Arabia said...

I love this photo. You always give such great tips - thanks!

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