Color makes me happy. Forget pastels that are supposed to be calming. I played around with values and filters with this shot to see how it would intensify everything from the dirt to the color of the leaves. I especially like the fact that the lower part of the cement on the left looks like it has just been poured and could still be imprinted with something, while the top portion of the cement seems to glow. That effect was simply an intensification of how the light had hit the two sections of cement differently.

Leaves by the sidewalk                                    Image: Zebras Child 2018

6 thoughts on “Intensity”

    1. Yes, thanks. I really had fun with that photo. It was beautiful to start with, but I thought I would play around a little and see what effects I could have. I’m having to really play catch up with photography now a days. I last did it seriously before we had children. That was so long ago that I developed my prints in a dark room. I have so much more control over the process now, and it’s way more exciting, but it’s a steep learning curve! 🙃

      1. I always wanted to learn how to develop photos from film. But having digital cameras these days, I never seem to find the time to actually do that. I do enjoy the possibilities of taking thousands of shots and then look through which ones are actually worth keeping and which not. Back in the day it was more or less trial and error, and films and letting them be developed were quite pricey, weren’t they? But it was also fun and exciting to see which ones came out good. 🙂

      2. I’ll take digital any day. You’re right, unless you were a professional, and were super good at framing your shot, even with a SLR, a lot of it was hit and miss. I never developed my own film – just the prints that I felt were the best, and it was so expensive that learning what worked and what didn’t took years, when you only did it occasionally. And I love being able to take lots of shots of one thing. Not only are you able to hedge your bets that way 😉 but more importantly for me, I’m able to see right away what works and what doesn’t, and then be able to study them and figure out *why* the one that works works. It’s like a super intense photography class, so I have access to an opportunity to improve really fast. I find the same thing is true of being able to edit a shot digitally. I’m now able to edit a shot so much faster, that even 3 months ago because I’ve had the luxury, in retirement, of being able to work on photography 2-4 hours a day. Having been used to the very slow process of film, I find it utterly addicting to be able to engage with the shooting and editing so directly.😀

      3. I love digital photography and editing for all the same reasons you’ve mentioned, Hannah! 😀 I can spend ages following a bumblebee around while it’s hopping from flower to flower, getting a myriad of photos and then picking the ones that came out best. 😀 Good thing those bees are really patient! 😉
        What software do you use for editing? I only use Snapseed because it’s on my phone, and whatever has been installed on my MacBook. It’s pretty basic and I would love working with Photoshop but since they stopped giving out hard copies and only make it available via Internet or something, I wasn’t sure it would be worth paying them each month.

      4. Ah, the bumblebees! I got my first shots of them the other day!! I only have a 55mm-200mm telephoto so far, so the bees are really small. I’l have see how clearly (or not) they enlarge. 🙂

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