Reversing light and dark

Having got a little child does reduce my afternoon reach for photographing, but even between my well-trodden walls there are photo opportunities if one is able to isolate the subject from the clutter of an average home. Depth of field is always at hand, but lately I have increasingly tried to utilize the play of light and dark. A light subject growing out of a dark, hardly visible, environment – or exposing for a subject in relative shadow, making the background fade out into a whiteish sketch.
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Spring snow

Vårsnø langs veien by Theodor
Vårsnø langs veien, a photo by Theodor on Flickr.

One of my ongoing projects is to portray the melting snow, and the playing water of spring. This photo has been split toned in Lightroom, to (hopefully) bring out both the coldness of the sky and the warmth of the sun — it’s hard to make the warm wind stick on film (or, rather, sensor), but it’s also part of it. I like the typical covering of the old and dirty snow, seen in patches under the newer pristine snow, and the small stream of melting water and slush down the path.

Ballet of the five feet

Fembent ballett by Theodor
Fembent ballett, a photo by Theodor on Flickr.

Thought I’d share a photo I took the fall of 2013. It is actually a test of the new diffuser I got — I think it worked out really well.
Our maple tree is getting old and somewhat crooked, but the grace displayed by the leaves dancing on the lawn is still great. Especially in a late morning of autumn, sprinkled with dew and soft, diffused light.

Investigation into Dodge and Burn techniques

Coming, as I am, from the darkroom era, I am somewhat baffled at writers commenting that dodging or burning contaminates an image’s integrity. Having cut test exposures into the most intricate templates to cover parts of the image, and utilized intricate vario-contrast split exposure techniques, not to mention reflectors and flashlights in the moment of capture, I happily take photoshop’s tools into use. But how do they really work?

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