Adding just a little.

A little mystery.

When I was a young photographer, a mentor told me to imagine how a picture might be used when you are actually making it. He was referring to working on location and having a little trouble seeing the end result. For instance, that might mean leaving a lot of “dead space” toward the top of the picture so that type might be overlayed on a potential magazine cover. Or keeping the subject in the center so you can crop and give the final image some shape.

That’s two examples. There are many more.

Today, you can do that in post production. In the old days we worked in wet darkrooms and it was hard to do some of the things we do today. And, color was something very special.


With this image, I tried to see a book cover. The leaves might be symbolic flames. Some of the reddish-orange might have to be toned down some in order to drop in some type. Especially at the top. Or not. That’s my mental exercise. Nothing more. In real life, a designer or art director gets involved at this stage.

What kind of book? Oh, I don’t know. Something gothic, maybe spooky, maybe one of those first person tales that starts off slow and builds into something terrible… that turns out to only have occurred in the author’s mind. I love those. Did it really happen? Or, didn’t it?

Something like that.

The picture. Since I’ve already discussed my thinking, this is just about technique. It was made in very low, dusk light. The image started out dark because of that. I made it a little darker in post production. I also made it glow in post. I made another, somewhat lighter version, but I like the glow in this one better.


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