“Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing–and keeping the unknown always beyond you.”
– Georgia O’Keeffe
Bringing the unknown into the light, exploring what might lie hidden, changing our view of the world around us, these are all aspect of the Kryptomorphaics series.
Here, in Arbor Fugit, I explore the energies that are stored in this powerful weeping willow, its ability to filter and re-radiate the light that it accepts from the Sun. One of the surprising aspects to me was the variety in color cast that came from this wondrous tree.
What do you sense in this image? Does it call out certain things?
During the same day that I captured the images in yesterday’s post, Another shot of cold, I grabbed the opportunity to catch these leaves backlit by the sun.
I had just finished shooting some shoreline details and was walking back along the water’s edge to climb up the embankment and trudge through the snow. The clouds were beginning to look more interesting, which caused me to look up and notice the small cluster of leaves still attached in this hard winter.
Positioning the leaves in front of the sun gave me exactly the look that spoke to me, with a bit of drama in the clouds and the structure of tree from above. The way it is presented here is without any touchup in postprocessing, as I like the little bit of warmth that flows forth in this mostly black&white image.
I captured this with a Canon EOS 5D MkIII using an EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II. The settings I used were a bit unusual, as I wanted a shallow depth of field, so I used f5.6 at 1/8000 second (probably the first time I’ve ever used that shutter speed).