STILL LIFE 82 – MAN ON FOOTBRIDGE
February 19, 2017 18 Comments
This must be amongst the most indecipherable and abstract images that I’ve ever posted. It does represent reality, it is based on reality, but that reality has been heavily altered by digital post-processing – and then a frame has been added.
Technique: it is the reflection of a footbridge over water in Bristol’s Floating Harbour, with a man walking over it, walking towards the left. First, because it is a reflection, it was upside down and so I’ve turned it right way up. Then I’ve substantially lightened it in Lightroom, to restore many of the colours to what was originally a silhouette. This radical lightening has removed most of the water’s blue tint – some can still be faintly seen right in the middle of the shot, and there are faint blue ripples coming across the top of the shot, just below the man’s head, from upper left towards lower right. This lightening has also blasted much of the water’s surface to pure white, and so, because I have a white background to my blog, I’ve added a thin black border to outline the image’s space. The thin yellow poles are the uprights which support the bridge’s guardrails, and the man is walking towards the left, just about between two of these yellow uprights. The reflection of his head is distorted by the water’s ripples, but dark sunglasses can just be seen above his nose.
Is this an image that I like, and that I may go on liking? Probably not, as its rather too contrived for my taste. But I do think it worthwhile posting it, to show the effect. What do you think?
Looking at this, I’m reminded of (a poor attempt at) the style of Salvador Dali, a Surrealist artist that I greatly admire – his Persistence of Memory (the “folding clocks”) hangs over our living room mantelpiece.
Technique: X-T1 with 55-200 Fujifilm lens at 137mm (equiv); 800 ISO; Lightroom, including rotation by 180 degrees; Color Efex Pro 4; Pero’s Bridge, at The Waterfront, central Bristol; 20 Jan 2017.