I felt as if I was a big game hunter when I spotted this silhouetted specimen and by that I mean I felt a flood of exhilaration at the anticipation of what I may have just caught rather than being excited by the touch of the lifeless corpse of the beauty I have just banished from life’s great plane. I’ve never understood the kill or the want to commit it; ‘There is a beautiful, exotic animal. Should I study and learn about it, photograph it, drawn, teach about it? Nah, I’ll murder it, photography myself with it and then use its breathless body to dress my house. That’s a much better idea!‘ However, I do understand the thrill of the hunt, the sensation of searching to find just one perfect moment that I can call my own. It is one of the many driving forces in my photography.
I didn’t expect to see much as I wearily wandered up the hill. I was sleepy, chilly, pondering what was to be found on a frosty morning. At the steepest point of the hill, a crux where a decision to turn is present to you, I spotted this magical moment just lying in wait to be snapped. My mind was instantly filled with mayhem and mess, thinking of monsters from the murky deep, shady, sinister creatures trying to permeate our worldly existence to capture, conquer or kill. My first three steps were match with clicks from the shutter. I kept thinking, wishing, I had a longer lens length, that way I could get everything I liked in the scene just in a slightly tighter crop and without having to advance forward, as I felt I was losing the magic moment by moment, step by step. However, all that being wished, and continued to be wished, I am happy with the way the final image looks, surroundings n’all. I live a very complicated life, being equally satisfied and not in a singular moment. It can all be very confusing.
Due to my excitement my settings were slightly off, as was my alignment of the horizon. In post processing I straighten the image up and cropped in a little tighter. Once I had the photo the way I wanted it I adjusted the levels and curves of the image to give a more dramatic contrast to the image, making the darks darker and the lights lighter. After that a little gradient was added then I felt the image was complete.
All thoughts and comments are welcome.