What Defines My Photography

January 03, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

        I suppose the most asked question at my art shows concerns two of my photographs. The question, "How do you get that picture?"

Bridge with Moon

     These are the two pictures that get most comments and "How'd you get that?" And are my best sellers!

      Well, here's the scoop.

      Top picture is called "Cypress Swamp." I was on my way to shoot in Shelby Forest (Meeman Shelby State Park for those who don't recognize Shelby Forest.) Early morning, about dawn, as I was driving along Watkins Street west of Highway 51 in Memphis, I looked to my right as I approached the Loosahatchie River Bridge. This is what I saw: a smallish cypress swamp with dead trees encased in an early morning fog. The sun was just coming up but was obscured by the fog. This brownish hue was natural. I stopped the car, set up my tripod, and made several exposures. This was before digital, so I couldn't check the picture there. I shot with my Yashica 2 1/4 square medium format camera and with my Nikon 35mm camera.

      When I got the images back from the processor (that's what we did back in the pre-digital days,) I was pleased to see the results. All were shot as transparencies (slides.) That's how that one was conceived. No thought. No pre-planning. Just blind, dumb luck...and a little help from the good Lord for creating such a scene.

      My "Bridge with Moon" shot was taken on New Year's Eve a few years ago. I can't remember exactly what year it was. Dorothy and I were celebrating our anniversary downtown Memphis and stayed at one of the hotels overlooking the Mississippi River and the bridge (the Hernando DeSoto Bridge.) Early morning had brought a light rain and made the streets glisten. The moon was not actually there, although it could have been at that location had the conditions been right. The light streams of the car headlights add to the fact that I used a long exposure. This image was taken on film also, like the Cypress Swamp. The full moon was shot several nights before on the same roll of film. I noted where on the frame the moon was ans framed the bridge appropriately. I always tell visitors to my booth who question the moon really being there that I double exposed the image and got the moon there "the hard way." I did not use Photoshop (although it would be easy to do.)

      That is the story of two of my best selling photographs. I suppose they define my photography.

      If you would like to own a copy of the photographs, you can be the proud owner of either, or both, by clicking on the image and follow the link to my website, where you can order a copy in any size. Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. I appreciate you input also.

 


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