Reflecting Reflection

FUJIFILM X100T @23mm, ISO 3200, 1/250 sec, f/4.5 [click image for larger size]
FUJIFILM X100T @23mm, ISO 3200, 1/250 sec, f/4.5
[click image for larger size]

I have to admit that I can be, and very much have been, snobby in my photography life. I have looked at a potential photo opportunity and thought ‘Anyone can snap that, why would I?‘, the idea being that I could make something more interesting or be someone more inventive but recently, around of the time of this photo, which was the end of October, I happened across a Garry Winogrand quote which read, “I photograph to find out what something will look like photographed“. That, along with his work, really resonated with me. I should be pushing myself to make great work but I should also photograph as I want, I should snap anything that I like, I should be less concerned with others and instead focus on my photography, photographing my way and focus on my thoughts and feelings of an area or an image, not on who might of previously done what. Since then I been trying to operate in a freer manner, without self-imposed restrictions or restraints with the understanding that I can have fun as well as make good work. A slow and steady process…

Not everything I capture is spectacular and that will never be the case but it does help me break routine and push myself to find new ways of seeing photos and making work.

Original unedited image
Original unedited image

For this edit I initially cropped in tighter to give the body in the water a lot more presence in the scene. I had attempted to do this while taking the photo but as I work with a fixed lens system and can only ‘zoom in’ by moving my feet, the closer I get to the scene the more the point of view changes, a good and bad thing that I have become accustomed too but I like this view so knew that I would have to crop in a little in post processing. I thought of including the legs of the person in the image and I have shots like that from this scene but I like the idea of the reflective image being a different world from the one it is set into. I also thought about turning the image upside down so that the person would appear the right way up but again I like this view so decided I would stick with it. Once I had the crop right I set about heightening the contrast in the image so that blues, purples and whites really made the image pop and that was it really, image done.

All thoughts and comments are welcome.

Happy Viewing

P.S This post has arrived a day later that it should have, there are reasons for this but they are only excuses. I am sorry to everyone who enjoys this blog for being so tardy with this post and I will endeavour not be repeat this lack in posting again. Thank you.

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