Abstract water reflections
I am mixed about this series of abstract water reflections images.
I rather like them. But I do wonder whether this is due to personal bias, since I am the one who took the photographs.
Would I like them as much if someone else had taken these images? Or would I dismiss them as a case of the photographer just trying to be clever?
Ha ha! Since I am the one who owns this website, I get to put them up :-)
But seriously, I think these images are quite unusual and I do have something interesting to share about how I created them.
And I would like to know how you feel about abstract photographs such as this. Click here to give me your comments, whether you think these abstract water reflections pictures are great or junk.
I had left my house with camera in hand just past 6:30 pm the other day, 23 December 2007. Earlier, it was raining. Then when the rain lightened, the sun came out shining brightly. It was one of those rare occasions when it was raining and the sun was out at the same time. The lighting was brilliant.
But I was still not home. By the time I reached home, showered and set out again with my camera, the sun had gone behind some heavy clouds. Although it was just 6:30 pm, it was starting to get dark.
Across the road from my flat was a large carpark. The ground was wet and parts of it had very shallow pools of water. I saw the reflections of the tress in the water and thought, hmmm... quite intersting.
I did think that perhaps I could create some abstract water reflectionss images, but I did not give it much serious thought. So I just shot two images to see what happens...
When I reviewed the images, what I saw was this:
As usual, I started by experimenting with the exposure -- or "sensitization" as it is called in the Fuji Hyper Utility raw conversion software. I darkened the image and it looked better. But it still wasn't great.
Then I started playing around with the white balance. That was when it got interesting. As I pushed the white balance color temperature up, the image took on a golden glow. In the end, I pushed it to around 9000K, which is close to the maximum in Fuji's software, and got this:
For a different mood, I pushed the white balance color temperature (of the other photograph) down to about 2900K and got the blue image at the top of this page. I thought the blue and gold abstract water reflections make a nice set.
Still in the mood for experimentation, I desaturated the colors on one of the images to crate a black and white abstract:
Click here to view an earlier, more straightforward, abstract water reflections photograph.