This was a flower that I wanted to convert to a photo portraying flames. I especially wanted to convey the sense of movement with the flames – both a sense of crackling/flickering, and a sense of outward movement, so that the viewer would have the impression that the flames were constantly renewed from the center, as in a fireplace or a campfire. Please weigh in on how you experience the shot, especially if you experience it differently! All interpretations welcomed!!
This was something of a strange sunset to begin with, before I took my figurative “paint brush” to it. It had the unusual dark swirly spot in the middle, which I don’t often see in our sunset sky. I decided to amp up the intensity of that center to the max, and then experimented with the color curves for a long time. If you look closely, you can see some streaks of pale yellow in the lighter pink area under the spot, and if you look very closely, you can see the black tip of a church steeple in the lower left corner where the fuchsia blends into cosmic orange. Add to that the cosmic orange in the top two corners and the bottom bowl-like curvature, and I was finally happy with the result.
I had a lot of fun playing with color for this week’s challenge from K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge: Color Me Cosmic. Stay turned for more this week.