Choice

FUJIFILM X100T @23mm, ISO 3200, 1/250 sec, f/9
[click image for larger size]

I have had a wave of frustration wash over me this past week, not a steady stream, just on and off, mainly when I think that I could’ve, should’ve or may have gotten a photo. The feeling is a niggle, a small shoot that digs in and roots itself into my mind and spouts all sorts of nonsense. I try not to feed it or let it fester but sometimes it gets the better of me.

When I feel the bite I take time to remind myself that it’s not as bad as my head says it is. Actually, in all honesty, my work rate does take a slump in the winter months. Weather, light and the fact that I am a cold-blooded lizard who prefers the warmth all help to make my work rate a little lower this time of year. Maybe good thermals would help the situation. Or mastery of different kinds of light. I suppose it is good in a way, the yearning feeling keeps me alive. I will wait for the wave to pass, the next fit of work will flush it out.

The scene above was taken earlier this year, around late January, early February and it has taken up and to now for me to feel strongly enough to share it. From the short selection of seventeen images (contact sheet pictured below) this was the one I felt most strongly about.

Contact Sheet

There was a close second.

FUJIFILM X100T @23mm, ISO 3200, 1/250 sec, f/9
[click image for larger size]

I like the fact that there are multiple bodies in this image – something I am experimenting with – all going in different directions, which I think helps to give a little hit of dynamism to the overall picture but, in the end, and after a lot of tooing and froing, I decided that the image pictured at the top of this post is the stronger of the two. Can’t quite put my finger on the why but I do know I prefer it.

Original unedited image

The editing process was a fairly smooth. All I did was increase the contrast of the image. That was it.

All comments and questions are welcome.

Happy Viewing

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