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Water and Rock_Chewton

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 L series USM lens @ 105mm. Exposure Details: 1/10 second @ f8 ISO 400

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 L series USM lens @ 40mm. Exposure Details: 1/8 second @ f8 ISO 400

Here’s another image from last weekend’s workshop in and around Chewton in Central Victoria. This is a very straightforward image that depicts water running, along a diagonal course, over a rock face. It’s a detail from a much larger landscape.

When setting up and composing this image I was intuitively drawn in close to the subject in a way that both separated it from its surroundings and, at the same time, acted to stand for the larger landscape. Less really is more, so by moving in close I was able to distil the elements of that landscape down into the detail we see above. Furthermore with less information to deal with the metaphors associated with the image (e.g. hard and soft, immovable and moving, rigid and fluid) are expressed through the juxtaposition of opposites (rock and water) within the frame.

Adobe Lightroom 2 was used to render the image into black-and-white. Adobe Photoshop CS4 was then employed for final tonal adjustments and to enhance the image with a lovely warm color balance.

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography


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