Night. Moody, deep and dark. Sometimes scary. Always interesting. That’s one of my favorite times of day to work aside from the ends of the day.
Working at night means that you can hide some imperfections. You can build in the shadows. Pools of light become subjects in themselves. Trees often become silvery in the winter.
On the other hand, daytime photography assures you of a good exposure, especially if the light falls on the front of the subject. But, to my way of thinking, high noon daylight images are boring.
There I said it. Boring.
I started thinking about this when a friend said, in the comments, that my pictures are different. My writing above sort of explains why.
For many photographers my ways of working are just suggestions. For me, they are rules. I try to live by them religiously. That’s why some of you like what you see.
Sometimes this is an issue. I miss dinners, at least at traditional times. I get up too early, which means that I need a nap. Sometimes, I stay up too late chasing the night.
That’s all in a day’s work. I suppose. Everyone here is used to it, so it’s not a big deal. I’ll hear about it in no uncertain terms if it is.
I’ll explain how I made this image in the other column, where that stuff belongs.
Stay safe. Stay Strong. Stay mighty. Wear your mask. Wash your hands. Keep your distance. Get your vaccine. Look after each other. Look up from the dirt to the stars.
Mystical trees. Or, something like that. The bigger this picture gets, the worse the trees look.
Perfection is for angels.
This is a layered picture. But all three scenes were made at the same time of day.
Trust me. I tried to cheat. It wouldn’t work.
There is a base picture that doesn’t show up to your eye. It gives the sky depth. There is the sky and there are the trees. I think I reduced the mid-tones a little too much. If you are wondering, the mid-tones are in the trees.
Once the layers were assembled, I set to work tinkering. In this case tinkering means to balance out the layers so they don’t look like layers.
I added a touch of color, but that was it. Too much color and the picture turned atomic. Not enough and the picture became monochromatic.
That’s what I did.