With the approach of another cold Illinois winter I thought I’d revisit one of my fine art photos from 2013. There’s a saying about how cold it gets around here along the lines of, “It’s colder than a witch’s …” Well, you know the rest.
I always want to get the best results possible for my fine art landscape photography so I always have the camera set in RAW mode. RAW mode records the raw, unprocessed data just as it’s captured by the sensor so I can process the image myself. Digital cameras are great, but my camera doesn’t know what I want from the scene.
This is a good example of a typical scene. The photo on the left shows before processing and represents what you’d get if you’re not shooting in RAW mode. The version on the right shows how much can be done with just basic editing in Adobe’s Photoshop Lightroom program. The result is a good representation of the scene I experienced when I was there.
I’m spending more time looking for abstract shapes and forms in my landscape fine art photography. I was immediately drawn to the reflections and the wonderful quality of light in this almost completely still pond.
I’m continuing to get more new work ready for the upcoming November show at Studios on Sheridan in Peoria, Illinois. I’m always drawn to ways to create an abstract image out of something real.
I love rich colors in my fine art landscape photographs and this one hits all of my hot buttons. I’m especially drawn to the color contrast of warm reds and oranges against the cool blue tones in the sky, and this scene adds the dark greens of the goldenrod in the foreground.