Photographs can inform, challenge, inspire. They can bring excitement or moments of reflection. And sometimes they just tease. One of the photographic teases I enjoy is to set up the conundrum: is this real? This shot is one of those. I am often asked whether it is is photoshopped. And barring a mild colour / contrast boost, it's not. The Monet-esque effect is pretty much straight out of camera. (And, for those who know I post-process with Aperture 3 not Photoshop, there was no more tweaking there either!)
There is a second tease element here too: what way up should this be displayed. In fact, what do you think the camera 'saw'?
Well, the picture was taken in early Autumn at the wonderful Stourhead ( nationaltrust.org.uk/stourhead/ ). The lakes here often offer the possibility of great reflections. My usual thought would be to capture both image and mirror-image. But here the height of the trees were challenging from the narrow path and anyway, the real interest was in the reflection on the so-slightly disturbed surface of the water. So that's what I framed. In a way it was an easier shot than to try to include the trees and brighter sky: I was able to concentrate on getting the exposure right - and balancing shutter speed against the movement in the water.
When I saw the final image it was a Monet moment, reminding me of his waterlilies. So which way up would you hang it?
I was delighted to sell a 16x12 print of this at Christmas. The gift was for a Monet fan. I understand she hung it the way it was shot. Available as print, card or canvas over at Redbubble.com/people/colinkemp
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