Ah, negative space, one of my favorite 52 Frames photography challenges! Last year, I went big with my image, using a long shot down the beach with a tiny figure in the corner.
This year, I focused (yeah, photographer’s pun there) on a smaller scale. Where I’m staying this week has a nice 2 mile loop around a lake, with dense forest, the occasional wildflower, and a concrete waterfall.
For this shot, I played with B&W and then went with a slightly sepia look. I think the flower needs to be brighter to really work, though, and I couldn’t post-process it to be the way I saw it in my head. So I moved on.
This one was the opposite: too much color in the foreground. I tried fading it out but then it just blended in with the background. Like the first image, I wasn’t enough in love with it to keep playing around. Move on, I told myself.
What I kept coming back to was this shot. A dead leaf next to a crack in the asphalt on a deserted road. Maybe it’s silently screaming “metaphor for 2020” or maybe I am just really into dead leaves lately (see last week’s challenge photo…)
I used Lightroom to adjust the contract and color, making the leaf stand out a bit more. Then I popped the image into Photoshop to clean up some grass in the upper right corner.
Sometimes, I can’t say exactly why I like a subject or an image so much. I just know there’s something about it that keeps calling me and my work as an artist is to answer that call and see where it goes.
Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.