Warts and all.

This week I have three colour photographs for you, although the third has been processed using two different split tints.

The first image is a found still-life of some warty pumpkins that were sitting on a ledge in a National Trust garden. I liked the colours which stood out against the dark background of the wooden shelf. The choice of photographing three of the pumpkins (there were much more on the ledge) was a nod to the “rule of odds” which states that framing your main subject with 2 surrounding objects can suggest balance and harmony. Whilst this can be true, in this instance I moved the left-most small pumpkin to the extreme edge and left a gap between it and the other two. This caused an implied tension in the structure of the image which was balanced by the size of the other two pumpkins acting as one object on the opposite side of the frame.

Fujifilm X-E2, Fujinon XF 18-55mm F/2.8-4 R LM OIS



The second photograph was taken in a field that had just been harvested. I was drawn to the single large tree in the distance and the lines of crop stalks in the field. I moved around the field until I got the lines lining through to the tree and took the image.

Fujifilm X-E2, Fujinon XF 18-55mm F/2.8-4 R LM OIS



The final image is a split-tinted photograph. Shot in woods near my home, there was a slight mist and the sun was trying to get through. I shot up into the light ensuring that the bottom third of the image was left darker and the thin branches of the trees were backlit by the weak sun.  In Lightroom, during the processing, I gave the image a split tint with the light tones receiving a very weak yellow tint and the dark tones a “dirty” green tone. This gave me the slightly ominous air I wanted and together with selective sharpening in NIK, helped enhance the depth of the photograph. The eye is drawn into the image near the bottom of the frame then the light area at the top pulls the viewer up to the branches near the edge. The whole image has a mysterious air to it and to me, those branches at the top of the frame can almost be seen gently moving.

Fujifilm X-E2, Fujinon XF 35mm F/2 R WR



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