High contrast black and white. Reeds and grass growing in Butterfly Lake.
In an effort to better document my workflow for those interested: Nikon D300s with 200mm at f/5.7. Raw into Photoshop, with the addition of some slight contrast and some pop. Smoothed with Topaz Adjust. Desaturated with curve control, a slight gradient burn, and finally a slight warming gradient map. Pretty close to what I was visualizing when I took the original photo.
In a continuing attempt to understand and develop a personal style of photography, I renamed my blog to The Photo Secessionist. Don’t be alarmed.
The Photo Secession, a photography movement of the early 1900’s, pushed for the acceptance of photography as a fine art, as well as the importance of the photographer’s creative vision (at the expense of subject matter, etc.) While the Photo Secessionists worked primarily in pictorialism (impressionism for photography), I think the original emphasis on photography as an artist pursuit is especially relevant in today’s cameraphone era.
“Time” - Vanitas style still life photo. The goal was to capture and present an aspect of time. Here, the future is represented as a moment of death coming for the oblivious individual. The vanitas genre reinforces this concept by drawing on an art style that historically features symbolic representation of meaninglessness and transience.