By Design

FUJIFILM X100T @23mm, ISO 3200, 1/250 sec, f/13 [click image for larger size]
FUJIFILM X100T @23mm, ISO 3200, 1/250 sec, f/13
[click image for larger size]

If it felt as though it would be so easy, it should have been easy, look at the surroundings. A scattering of shadows that look like they have been painted onto the scene, all different textures, all different strengths, all different lengths and heights. I am almost certain it was made for me, that the grand architect of this design had scampered off, round the corner, only moments before I arrived. It felt as though it should have been easy but when striving to strike the shutter, only when the world and my mind meets, proved more difficult than my first, naive, initial thought may have suggested.

You gonna crouch there all day lad? Whatcha wait’n on?”. A big, broad-shouldered, illuminated brickie curiously asked me what I was up to. He couldn’t be faulted, most people would, and do, wonder what a hunched over photographer, who is squatting close to the ground right behind a blind corner, is peering at through their camera lens. It’s a nice change of pace when someone asks.

“Just need the right person to walk through those shadows there”. I roughly gesture to the door that sits between the two shadows. “Too close and they’re too big, so I need them to be right against the wall. Y’no, Goldilocks”. My answer was met with a nod of acknowledgement and a “Goodluck!” response.

He returned to his craft and I to mine. It felt like an eternity before I got my break but in reality I think that it was around six minutes. Time is a funny thing.

Original unedited image
Original unedited image

I did like this scene. How could anyone not? It has instant appeal.

I took a total of forty-one shots with this one being the winner. For me this it is just right. Just right because I feel that everything in the composition is perfectly proportioned and beautiful balance with all of the elements complementing one another yet still being interesting enough to stand alone. Simple and strong.

Although happy with the original I wanted to increase the contrast, making whites whiter and darks darker. So in post processing I adjusted the levels and curves just enough to enhance what was already present. Photo done.

All thoughts and comments are welcome.

Happy Viewing

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