Last week I shared some of my photos from my in-law’s lovely garden, with the low sun streaming through from behind. I have a few more to share today from the same place. On Instagram and Facebook this week these photos got a lot of interaction, which is lovely.
Flower photos and how they were shot
This tulip was on its last gasp of glory, with ageing curled petals balanced, about to fall at any moment. There is still something quite solid and definite about a tulip even at the end of its life. Those petals are not delicate; I feel I could use one as a small plate!
Here the composition needed some thought. When I took this photo I was concerned that the pattern of light on the grass in the background would be distracting. I’ve managed to position it so the light makes a wide arc over the top of the bloom.
These fluffballs catch the light so well, and several people have asked me for the name. They are Pasque flowers and are growing in a very well drained position, in a narrow border gap built into a brick wall. I love them but they would just drown in my boggy garden. I mentioned last week that I have photographed them before in bud stage and the shot featured in my blog post “When Perfect Isn’t Good Enough“.
It’s not a very well composed photo as I could barely see what I was shooting thanks to the sun in my face and reflecting off my viewscreen. Next time I’ll take my DSLR so I can use the viewfinder and block out the glare. I think it works as a scruffy composition because the flowers are kind of scruffy.
A Word About Editing Photos – My View
Both of the above photos were slightly edited in Lightroom to correct the white balance and contrast. I am a firm believer in post production as photos have needed developing ever since the invention of photography. If you are old enough to remember letting the Saturday girl behind the counter in Boots develop your colour films, I can assure you that she too adjusted your exposure and white balance. When I hear someone say that photos ought not to be edited it really does make my blood boil!
The late Terry Cryer was one of our country’s top film photographers and a true authority on photo post-production. He certainly edited his film in a highly creative way and he was only working in black and white. He did more than most people in the dark-room and turned it into an art form. You can read more about him in this tribute. Clearly editing photos is a well-established creative expression, and does not exist just to fake it.
A touch of Artistic Licence
So here, lastly, is one more shot of the light coming through the trees in my in-law’s garden. It’s a similar photo to the one I published on the blog last week but here I’ve taken the clarity down in Lightroom. It already had a slightly dreamy effect but reducing the clarity emphasized that. As the dreamy feel was central to the expression in this image, I really didn’t want it to be lost. I think emphasizing it was entirely justified.
Have I convinced you with my views on editing photos? Let me know your thoughts in the comments or through social media.