Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Botanical Abstract Experiment

Serendipity has always played some role in photography, providing opportunity for the prepared camera jockey to click at the decisive moment.  Some of my favorite abstracts are accidental or half-hearted shutter trips that are discovered post processing.  The digital tools and techniques for manipulating images are endless and encourage experimentation.  Is there a picture there, if one just keeps looking?

This is an accidental, extreme out of focus shot of the subject in Flower #1.  I liked the sensuous shape, so some play in Lightroom 2.4 followed.  I settled on some extreme contrast boost, split toning and curve settings.  I stopped fiddling when I saw what looked to me like a fuzzy female breast on the right side of the dark central blob.

Technical: Nikon D700, Micro-Nikkor 105mm f2.8 AF, ISO 200, f/5.6 @ 1/200s, handheld.  RAW file processed in Lightroom 2.4.  

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