Experimental Haystack

I decided to spend Sunday socializing with my spousal unit and our hosts here in Venice, going out for a leisurely breakfast and then for a bike ride instead of heading down to the pier and the beach for solitary photography.  So, then in the afternoon I spent a few minutes working with a couple of images from my sunrise foray to the pier the other day.  Like my last post, I have rendered this image both in color and B&W.  First the color:_DSC1315 Gallery

I think it works in B&W as well given the structure and leading lines of the pier._DSC1315 Gallery B&WThe experimental aspect of this image is the extreme, panorama-style formatting.  Over the last few years I have made several images that wound up being similarly formatted, most of which were actually multi-image, stitched panoramas.  This, however, is a single image that has been cropped.  I went to this extended crop to balance out the negative space on the left and to emphasize the sense of depth on the right.

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One Sunrise, Two Versions

This morning I went to Caspersen Beach, arriving just at sunrise.  Being on Florida’s gulf coast, sunrise happens behind the beach, so when you look out on to the gulf, you tend to see the faint colors of night disappearing over the horizon.  The vantage point for this photograph was almost due south with the colors of the sunrise on the left and the last of the night on the right.

_DSC1352 Gallery Color

The top photo in this post is my take of the scene in color. I am pleased with it, but it seems so much like the thousands of other sunrise scenes I see on Facebook, so … I decided to rework the scene into a black and white, the results of which are below._DSC1352 Gallery

In color photography, the color, all by itself, can be the subject, whereas in B&W photography it is essential that the scene have some structure to it; leading lines, varying textures, dynamic lighting, etc. I believe this scene has sufficient structure and dynamic range to make a B&W interpretation successful.  At least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Which do you prefer?

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Another Haystack

I was at the pier for sunrise, and back there again for sunset.  I took a similar photograph a couple of years ago at sunrise, looking west as the terminator between night and day dropped below the horizon.  That photograph (see it here) has proved to be one of my most popular images.  Today’s sunset was very subdued, so I decided to make something of it through a long exposure, knowing full well that the daylight would be dimming throughout the five minute exposure.

_DSC1319 GalleryAll-in-all, it turned out okay. I opened up the shadow area under the pier during post processing to show more detail than appeared in the image straight out of the camera. Maybe I will reprocess it in the next day or so to saturate the colors in the sky a little more.

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