Hi everyone. I have decided to start a random series of blog posts that I will entitle PhotoEssays. I will attempt to keep the text to a minimum and just feature an image, or series of images that are linked thematically. Hopefully you will enjoy these images and ideas.
Today's PhotoEssay comes from a recent workshop I assisted in for Adventures in Light. We found a rather innocuous puddle of water lying in the middle of a forested trail. Most people would simply pass it by. But as the haiku suggests, there was beauty hidden within the puddle. Golden colored maple trees surrounded us, and above was a deep blue sky. By changing our viewpoint, and getting into a low camera position, we were able to take advantage of the lights "angle of reflectance". What at first take appeared to be a murky puddle was transformed into a colorful painting of natures colors.
The Technique: This series of images was shot with a Nikon D810 and a Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8, ISO of 45 at f4.0 to f5.6. To aid in framing the compositions I set the Image Area from FX to DX1.5. The low angle of view allowed the yellow to reflect from the trees and the blue to reflect from the sky. Though the colors are beautiful, don't forget to try some black and white conversions. Images with blues and yellows will typically convert very well to black and white.
Note: Please view the images in LightBox Mode for the best results.