Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Experiment

It was a foggy day here on the Oregon coast. I had to make a quick trip to the grocery store and on the way back stopped at an overlook to see what the Alsea Bay Bridge looked like in the mist. I'm looking south, shooting from the west side of the bridge as it sweeps away from me, across the bay. It's low tide and a sand spit is revealed in the lower right corner.

This is a tiny extract from a much larger image. It was foggy, what can I do to accentuate the foggy look? What if I crop away everything except this one little section of the shot? Yes, it'll be grainy/noisy, but that's sort of the nature of fog. I turned it into a black and white (again, that's the nature of fog) and then softened the image slightly.

Does it work? Nah, I don't think so, but it's not awful! About 20 years ago I saw the work of a photographer who would photograph architectural detail on buildings, then crop the heck out of the shot, leaving a very grainy, soft image of just one little detail. Toned with a sepia tint, her photos were lovely. Hmmmm . . . another thing for me to try in the near future. ©Carol Leigh

4 comments:

DSRTDAVIS said...

There is a mystery about this photo that I am liking. What I really like, however, it that you just keep shooting and trying new things. Like every minute of every day you have a new idea. Also love that you share it all - what you like and what you don't like, as well as explain.

Carol Leigh said...

Thank you for your thoughtful words. They mean a lot. And I'm glad the comment thingy is finally working for you! -- Carol Leigh

Rodney Ninow said...

You say this photo doesn't work, but I actually really like. The simplicity of the scene really makes a strong impact in my opinion. Nicely done.

Carol Leigh said...

Rodney, nice to see your name come up! Thanks for your feedback on this one. Hmmm, I'm starting to like it more and more! -- Carol Leigh