Warmer tones and turning up
Posted on 14 Jan ’11 by Earl Moore
I’ll shift away from snow images to photos taken just before this last snowstorm. But I do reserved the right to return to snow photos at my whim.
These last few weeks the winter has seemed so cold it’s easy to loose sight of opportunities for images with warm tones. But these opportunities can still be found with du-diligence and little closer inspection of most natural areas.
Take the above scene from the forest floor with ferns partially covered and protected by a blanket of fallen brown leaves. Add a little late afternoon sunlight and it’s suddenly a little less chilly. This wasn’t perhaps the artistic masterpiece I would have envisioned, or hoped for, upon setting out on this particular photo jaunt and it’s certainly “warmer” then many winter photos I seem to make. This photo could be interpreted by some as telling a story of spring being just around the corner but I’m afraid that would be a blatant lie. Still a pleasing simple winter photo to enjoy — and that counts for something.
This reminds me of a quote by Michael Kenna.
“Life is about turning up. The more you get yourself out there, whether you wake up at 5:00 a.m. to pouring rain or not, the more you’re likely to experience the wonderful happenings that are going on all around you. Sometimes the most interesting visual phenomena occur when you least expect it. Other times, you think you’re getting something amazing and the photographs turn out to be boring and predictable. So I think that’s why, a long time ago, I consciously tried to let go of artist’s angst, and instead just hope for the best and enjoy it. I love the journey as much as the destination. If I wasn’t a photographer, I’d still be a traveler.”
Hope for the best and enjoy it — wise words.
Perhaps as photographers we’re not only travelers of the body but of mind and spirit as well, with each photo being but one of our footprints. And as photographers we’re not locked into a portrayal of only the obvious. Sometimes you have to find a little warmth in the dead of winter. Have a wonderful weekend everyone.