The painterly quality of this photo is the result of 2 things. First, is the wonderful red clothing and shoes she is wearing and second, because she is standing in a film of water at the bottom of a large shallow pond, the reflections of the surrounding environment adds a vibrant swatch of color across the center of the image playing off the red beautifully.
All of the above sounds like I saw this potential before I hit the shutter button. Truth be told this photo was sitting in my discard folder and it was just lucky I saw its potential before I deleted it.
The moral of all this is we should let our work “marinate” for a while. With time we just might see things we missed the first time around.
So much of what we take as real is only a shadow or reflection of something else. The key to cutting down on at least some of this clutter is to spend some time just watching our mind make up stuff to worry about.
How do we do that?
(By the way, this photograph is of a wall of the Boston Museum of Fine Art, a place just loaded with shadows and reflections.)
This photograph was somehow inspired by the recent death of the brilliant writer Oliver Sacks. Dr. Sacks had a poetic way of making the brain’s impaired permutations understandable and even quite lovely.
The image started out 180 degrees the other way and looking more or less monochromatic. An ordinary reflection of a Maine pier. I bashed it around in Lightroom and Nik andeventually came up with this version. It’s not “realistic” but somehow I think the good doctor might approve.
Reflection In The Water As The Sun Was Setting