Last week’s challenge for the 52 Frames community was “low key.” That doesn’t actually mean mellow or easy-going, as it a low-key personality. Rather, it’s a photography term that means an image that contains mostly dark tones and colors. Not my usual choice of form when it comes to images, so I struggled with it a lot. Honestly, things feel dark enough without my photography going there.
I played with turning this pink blooms into black and white and then playing with them. They looked kind of cool but not really low key, from what I could gather after watching a few tutorials. I guess my preferred aesthetic is not dark and moody because I kept lightening up my images.
I was saved by the magnolia trees. I grew up with a magnolia tree in my backyard (yes, in Southern California, go figure) and seeing them bloom takes me back to that simpler time. There are magnolias all over the neighborhood here in Gainesville, but most of the blooms are too high for me to reach with my camera. This one, however, was low enough I could tug the branch down and get a shot.
The thing about magnolia blooms is that they last a day, two at most. This was just blooming in the first light of morning. When I returned in the afternoon, the petals were already falling. Such is the life of a magnolia bloom. And photographers, too. We get the shot when we first see it, or we sometimes don’t get it at all.
Some of your worst gangsters are guys who were very low-key.