Looks like spring.

We had four really cold days down here in the swamp.

That’s it. That was winter. I know this because while we were walking — that dog and I —  saw brand new growth. Grass was sparkling in the winter sunlight just as if we walked into a magical forest; passing through time into spring.

New grass wasn’t just growing in one tiny place. It was growing all over this little pocket park that we like to walk through. Thinking back, I realized that in the past few weeks I’d seen what looked like bird seed scattered around the bare soil. I didn’t think much of it, except that maybe somebody was feeding birds because it’s late fall, almost winter.

A lot of rain fell during our big “snow event.” Enough to build up standing water in most of the regular places. I suppose the rain, plus the seed, resulted in the grass that I’m showing you.  Not being Mr. Natural, I’m not really sure. I do know we are a natural outdoor hothouse even when the weather turns a bit chilly.

It was worth two pictures. See the comments about making them below the jump.

Original view.

The pictures. I am often asked about my post production. Some of you want to know about my tricks and technique. My finished post production is mostly about trying to show you what I felt. Deep vertical crops are usually done to make a bigger picture on the monitor. Sometimes, I get really weird and that becomes something similar to painted art.

So.

The bottom picture is as I saw it in the little forest. The winter light was low and angular. I lowered my camera to the ground and made the picture. Yes, there is some enhancement going on. No matter what, I want you to see the picture as I originally saw it. No picture comes straight from the camera without needing a little something.

The top picture is my final and finished version. I’ve added a lot of warm tones, and obviously I radically cropped it. The warmth is to enhance the morning light. The crop is to enhance the picture and help to shape the page. It also helps to draw the viewer into the picture.

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6 Replies to “Now Comes Spring”

  1. You do achieve wonderful results! Thank you for the explanation as to how cropping serves a particular enhancing purpose. It’s a fascinating worm’s-eye view, if worms have eyes!

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