Under Branched

FUJIFILM X70 @ 18mm, ISO 800, 1/250sec, f/16 [click image for larger size]
FUJIFILM X70 @ 18mm, ISO 800, 1/250sec, f/16 [click image for larger size]

Although I have more of a tendency for shooting black and white (I have previously written about it HERE) I do enjoy the odd colour shot. The change and the challenge keeps me feeling fresh and I think it is good for me as a photographer to change tact every now and then.

For the last week or so, with this thought at the back of my mind, I have been shooting in colour. It was hard for me not to want to convert all these images into black and white later in Lightroom/ Photoshop (truth be known I have changed a few of the images as they work better in black and white. Don’t judge me, it is a hard habit to break!) As always with my work, there were a few success stories and a few less successful stories. The image above is one I consider a success.

I really like the light scattered around the floor of the couple who are just settling down to eat. The branches looming over the couple in addition to the borders of the thick black shadows help frame them well within the center of the scene with the muted colours and tones giving the photo a lo-fi feeling. I did start to move in, to get a closer shot, but as I did the dappled light I liked so much started to move out of the scene, changing what first drew me in. So I decided against it. For me it is the whole scene that makes the photo. The light, the environment and the people.

Feel free to share all thoughts, comments and questions.

Happy Viewing

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