An Illumination on Comfort

I’m approaching closure on this set. Good thing too because I “Google-earth-mapped” another lake from the region that looks to have a similar forestry—with water. I’m hoping to get out there this weekend.

When I was studying literature and writing in graduate school, a quote from Da Vinci struck a nerve. Da Vinci said, “art is never finished, only abandoned.” The quote helped justify why the essays I turned in were still warm from the printer motors. Even during my thesis defense I remember saying, “well, I have longer plans for this stuff.” As I delve deeper into photography, that notion seems to be quite relevant and applicable in this art form. The second I finish, or “export” in computer lingo, I start nitpicking and forecast revision. When revision fails, I ponder returning to the exact areas for another round, just as with writing I would create a new document, re-read all sources & analogues again, and try to avoid the learned pitfalls. It becomes a blessing and curse. This area, Lake Bistineau, will likely never appear on the short list of Louisianan landscapes that must be experienced. But every time I’m out there, I see something larger in my mind’s eye and then it becomes the battle of trying to translate it through the glass eye. While I don’t feel I’ve completely captured what it is that I see, the place has taught me a good deal about photography, particularly the sensitivity of natural lighting and how it rolls over the earth.

As for processing, the same techniques were applied, in most part, as the other related posts. One difference for this one was a wider HDR approach. I composed a 5 image cluster of different exposures generated from one RAW file (thanks, Mike for the tip J). At the end of these photos on this subject, I always come to a fork in the road regarding global detail. Sometimes I purposely diffuse less important areas and sometimes I go with sharper contrast. I attempted to find a happier median on this one.

On another note, it’s only mid-month and I have experienced a record bursting month in regards to blog activity. So thanks to everyone that has visited, commented and have shared valuable insight with their posted work. When I started this blog and the photography hobby, I felt like I was walking around a huge dark room with a small candle. It remains a large room, but more comfortable and largely illuminated.

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One thought on “An Illumination on Comfort

  1. I remember that from art history and, as with you, it still resonates with me today. I too like to work, re work and return to areas of work to capture the essence again but on the return I feel I have a better understanding of what I’m wanting/trying to capture. I can be frustrated by it but the bad days never out do the good and I also I think, for me, it’s a healthy thing. That never ending quested for perfection? If perfection is the right word?
    Another excellent picture, another excellent post and I’m glad your site is getting the traffic it deserves. Long may you sky rocket through the stats-a-sphere.
    Much Love
    Astra Wally

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