Archive for June 2014

Watercolors 2: Boston greens

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An early watercolor photograph of mine: Green reflections in the lagoon of the Boston Public Garden. Besides all the beautiful shades of green I particularly like the contrasting color palette in the left and right half of the composition. It looks almost as if the right half was the negative image of the left half (or the other way around). I hope you enjoy and wish you a nice day!

2014/06/26 by Unknown
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Nearby: A look behind the facade

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Finally a new post! I have wanted to photograph the facade of this nearby office building since a long time, but I had difficulties finding a composition that I was satisfied with. The facade is composed of greenish glass panes with black dots, but unfortunately there is neither much contrast between the black dots and the dark glass, nor is there a structural element that would cast interesting shadows. On a recent photo walk in my neighborhood, I discovered that one of the glass panes was broken and thus permitted a look behind the facade. As expected, the back light now created a highly contrasty scene and, in my opinion, an interesting composition. An example that illustrates that sometimes the inside is more interesting than the outside and that it is worth revisiting a location - something which is much easier nearby than far away!

2014/06/24 by Unknown
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May 2014 print: Lake Helen watercolors

Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug  Watercolors on Lake Helen in Lassen Volcanic National Park, California, USA.

My May-print is also the starting signal for the new watercolor theme, which I will present with many more photographs in the future.
Since several years I try to create photographs of amazing colors and patterns on the surfaces of lakes, rivers, and the sea. Although somewhat similar to the carcolor compositions, these watercolor reflections are much more complex. Instead of a rigid, reflective car body, here the "mirror" is a wavy and wobbly liquid. Depending on the frequency and pattern of the waves and riddles, the reflections change dramatically. These photographs thus have a certain random element and each capture is truly unique. However, observing a body of water for a while will reveal recurring patterns and over time I have learned to predict and pre-visualize compositions that I find interesting.
The photograph above, which I have printed as my monthly print for May, shows fantastic cloud and sky reflections on the surface of Lake Helen in Lassen Volcanic National Park. Brownish-reddish volcanic rock, green trees, and spicy waves transform this otherwise ordinary water reflection into something unexpected - at least in my opinion. By the way: the waves were partly created by me because I was wading in the refreshing water in order to create this photograph and the photograph would also fit the tilt-(shift)-theme.

2014/06/06 by Unknown
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