From my recent postings, I sense the development of a theme that is based on my evolution as a so called fine art photographer. That evolution includes a certain amount of technical learning: both of trying to become familiar with using more advanced digital cameras, and in developing post production competency. Some of these entries will be more oriented toward sharing that advancement of skills and knowledge while discussing the aesthetic choices that I made for select images.
The photographs below are variations of another one of my all time favorites NORTH JETTY NUMBER 47.
This variation is from April 2018. It is perhaps the most worked copy of this photograph. The railroad ties on the left center compete with the primary subjects (changed in the copy below).
I just now worked this copy (January 12, 2021). I have yet to study the differences enough to select my prefered variation. I see several differences. In this image the foreground jade colored rock competes more with the small cascade of water in the center. It may just be enough to steal one’s eye away from the small waterfall. The details of the concrete wall are clearer as well.
April 3, 2010. Sony R1 at 24mm equivalent.
I think that it is time to show the original image direct from the camera (above). At this point, I feel that the subject and composition were the most redeeming values of the shot. There is some tension between the water and the wall as the relentless oceanic swells and tides continue their onslaught of the jetty. My early renderings were on the warm side, as I was still prone to wear rose-colored sunglasses in our cool coastal environment. Over time, my vision for this image morphed into the cooler realm of color balance.
Black and white worked today.
Black and White worked April 2018.