Silos In A Storm
One of the things that I like best about landscapes and especially landscapes in black and white is the ability to create “my” reality.
Color is fairly malleable. In Photoshop there is a lot that can be done but it still requires a certain amount of colour to manipulate. For example you can’t shoot in the middle of the day when the sun is high in the sky and expect much in the way of “atmosphere” in your photo. Atmosphere is one of the major components I believe in making a landscape photograph successfully.
Black and white is a whole different animal. I have written before about the school of thinking where NOTHING is manipulated. No burning. No dodging. Nothing. The whole idea seems rather silly to me. It’s like playing a game of cards with only five cards in the deck. You are very limited by what you can do.
The photo above of one of my favourite subjects the two grain silos was taken during the middle of the day. The sun was shining brightly, high in the sky. The wind was blowing from picture left to right. I could have taken this photo just about anytime of the day and made something of it. With colour, the way that I like to see it, the window of opportunity is very small. An hour around sunrise and an hour around sunset. At any other time when the sun rises, most colour is lost, it becomes daylight and to my eyes, boring.
It is in Photoshop that this image was really created. Sure, the sky, field and silos were there. They are the bones upon which the final image is created and given another day or another hour I might have made the final image completely differently.
Doing these long exposures with my “normal” camera, the one not modified for infrared gives the exact opposite feel of infrared. Infrared is all high key and bright where shooting with my normal camera in color I tend go go dark or low key.
Creativity doesn’t stop in the taking of the photo, it only begins there.