ARCHIVE 165 – REFLECTIONS IN A RIVER
July 29, 2015 5 Comments
When it comes to radically altering a picture to reflect a vision in my mind, I’m right in there with monochrome images every time. And, indeed, being already one step removed from reality, mono positively invites further distortion – there are times when presenting a mono photo just as the camera recorded it seems rather a shame, even a waste maybe!
But, when faced with a colour image I’m usually far more conservative, feeling perhaps that presenting colour images with distorted colours is somehow cheap, gimmicky and unreal . . . . I don’t get out much, you understand . . . . .
But I see plenty of examples of false colours on other blogs and I think its time to give this a try. Good assistance is right to hand. I rave on about mono manipulation in Silver Efex Pro 2 and that’s certainly for real, but I also have Alien Skin’s Exposure 2, which has a positive wealth of false colour filters, for both colour and mono images.
So, here are the reflections of two trees in a river, that on the right being a pollarded Willow – the meaning of which is explained here. I’ve scanned the colour transparency, taken it into Exposure 2 and given it a faded look, darkening it and making it more yellowed. I am of course taking an easy option here, because this image is already trending towards abstraction, so that altering its colours does not have the marked effect that it would with a colour image of straight reality. Still, I like it – what do you think?
F6 with 24-85 Nikkor at 80mm; Fuji Sensia 100 colour slide rated at 125 ISO; taken into mono via Alien Skin’s Exposure 2.