A few weeks ago in my post Wending and Wind, we finished our wandering at the urn focal point at the rear of the garden designed by Robyn Sherrill.
This may have been the end of the tour of the garden, but it did not end my work. Often, the most fun work of the post production from any photo shoot is finding The One, the one shot that makes you sing.
I thought it was going to be the lovely windy impressionism of trees next to the solid gate, the photo featured in the Wending post, and that is indeed a special shot. But as I studied the ‘Bunny Tails’ grasses by the wonderful urn, I found a shot to print and put on my walls. The One. Here’s my process:
I took this very wide shot from on a ladder which I always bring to local photo shoots. It is an especially effective tool with wide angle lenses and gives a nice perspective on the garden. Then I recognized what a strong composition the designer, Robyn Sherrill, had made by putting the dark foliage of Cotinus ‘Grace’ behind the urn.
A classic horizontal composition, framing just the key elements really draws attention to the urn as the focal point. I also worked the scene by capturing the vertical shot that ended the previous post and opened this one.
But I kept working the scene, studying what I was seeing and feeling there was more. Notice the urn is at the end of a small path and the grasses lean into the space. There is an opportunity to frame that against the fine terra cotta, which by no accident, is directly beyond.
OK, now we are getting somewhere. I am getting excited by what I hope is going to happen. I think I see it. Graphic and simple, yet with movement, simple shapes that complement each other. Come in even tighter. Use the design elements of the green patches of grass. Brighten and saturate the colors . . .
The One. Balanced yet interconnected. Blocks of color with lines zipping through. I love it.
The reason I did not see it sooner, before I did my wending post, is because the raw image had no zip and was quite plain. I complain about how much time it takes to process the digital images, but the joy is when you can bring out the beauty. This is how I first saw it.