Local Heart, Global Soul

January 3, 2019

“Leafing” In The Detail…

Filed under: ART,My Reference Library,PHOTOGRAPHY,THE NETHERLANDS,ZIERIKZEE — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Back during the Easter break of 2017, Himself dropped me off in the Zierikzee city centre in the early morning for a look around.

Since getting up and about to get ready was already an effort, the first thing I did was to sit down and have a little rest.

A leaf on the cobbled street caught my attention and I engaged on a mission to try and get as much detail of it as I could. I was not just interested in the leaf, but also the bricks of the street, the tiny plants between them, the leaf litter and the shape and shadows of the gaps between them.

I was also interested in the character of the bricks, the chips, the parts that had been worn smooth, the different colours brought about by different exposures to the weather and the like.

Sadly I discovered that when the bricks were in focus but the leaf was not, the photographs didn’t feel right at all, too unbalanced, and I  saw that it would have been better to have stayed in exactly the same position but removed the leaf, photographing only the texture, shape and character of the bricks.

It was a lesson I only learned once the day was over, but c’est la vie, whilst that part didn’t work out I was extremely happy with my leaf and the amount of detail I managed to get from it.

I have a new lens on the camera and aside of unboxing it and trying it out on the shots I took earlier of the birds at our Bruinisse holiday accommodation, this will be my first big test using it for a day (well, morning) trip out and about.

We have come out very early for two reasons: firstly, since the shops are not yet open it will not be busy on the streets, secondly I get tired very quickly, even with a ton of pain medication I need to make use of the early morning when I have the most energy. For a detail fanatic like me, a chance to try out something like this gives me great pleasure, I will file this is my arty “reference library” of shots to hopefully draw later.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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