STILL LIFE 44 – CHALET 4: CURTAINS BACKLIT BY THE SUN 2 (MONO)
July 10, 2016 6 Comments
Sunlight shining through the curtains of our holiday cottage near Perranporth, Cornwall; 12 April 2016.
Lounging on the sofa, sipping good Belgian beer and watching the changing light and shadow as the sinking, late afternoon sun shines through our curtains.
Visually I enter this image (and most images in landscape format for that matter) from the left, and first encounter quite rough and patchily shadowed texture.
Moving right, the shadows deepen and there is a cleft in the fabric in which the patterns are compressed and disrupted. Climbing on right, up out of this cleft, I find myself in a near vertical zone of gradually lightening shadow, in which the curtains’ patterns are perhaps seen with greatest contrast. Further right again, and my eyes cross a sudden divide into the brightest tones in the image, which lighten and almost bleach these patterns away.
But nothing bright lasts for ever and, unable to resist the draw to the right, I enter deepening shadows once more, before becoming blind in the image’s final, dark confines.
D800 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 400 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Full Dynamic Smooth preset and adding a split tone.