The Photographer

I’m one of those photographers who likes to have my composition right in the camera.  I guess it’s one of those strong leftovers from the time I was still shooting analogue.
But, sometimes, no matter how hard one tries, it doesn’t go as wanted, sometimes circumstances just don’t allow you to get the composition right in camera. Especially not in natural environments where you can not direct what has to happen.  Nature doesn’t listen to directions.
When that happens, most of the time there are two options: or the picture remains on my hard drive as a happy memory, or I show it as it is.

For some time, through all kinds of circumstances, I was a rather passive contributor to Kim Klassen’s Beyond Layers class. But I want to change that and I thought now was as good a time as any.  Her class this week is about cloning and tweaking compositions. I dived into my recent archive and came up with this picture.

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It was taken in October 2012 on the isle of Texel in the Netherlands.
Driving from De Cocksdorp – with its beautiful red lighthouse – to Oudenburg – the picturesque fishing harbor – you pass along large nature resorts and the dam that protects the island against the water.
It’s a paradise for hikers, bikers, walkers, bird watchers, nature photographers.  That’s when I captured this photo.
Compositionwise it could do with some improvement.  I would have liked the photographer having some more “room” to look for birds.  And although I seldom use the cloning stamp to really change the initial image like this, I thought it would serve the class’ purpose.

What I did:
– tweak brightness a bit in Lightroom
– bring it into Photoshop and cloned the photographer more to the right
– cloned the “original” photographer with sky and grass
– then I added one of my own textures – called “Aquar-elle” – blend mode soft light, and lowered the opacity a lot because  I just wanted it to be a little less blue and a little more softness on the grass area.
– I burnt here and there to get a little more color back.
– at last I added the type, resized it for the web and this is how it looks like now.

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Hope you like the change.

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Cold hug

Daily Prompt: You’re locked in a room with your greatest fear. Describe what’s in the room.

Nothing…

Except for me, old and grey, sitting in a cold metal chair, watching a shiny robot with buttons on it.

The buttons show large icons, a pill, a platter with food and a heart.
A sign says: push pill & food button 3 times a day.
I can push the “heart” button every time I need…a hug.
Then the robot’s metallic voice says: “good girl” and its shiny cold hand taps my head.

Apart from many big and small fears, like fear of heights, fire, floods, dead people…. this one giant fear haunts me the last couple of years, namely that when I get old, there will be nobody I love around anymore, to give me a big hug from time to time…  in a cold, fully automated world….

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