The Folds

The Folds
The Folds

This is an oldy but a goody. I had spent quite a few days thinking through how I wanted to edit this photo. But after much observation, I decided to settle on something simple but, I think, adequate.

Back on April 22, I took a trip with companion photographers Joe Inzalaco and Lynne Fordham to Derby Hill Observatory on the shores of lake Ontario. Part of the observatory descends into a forest area with a slightly cleared walking path. It was a bit damp, and in some places I felt I was playing a game of hop-scotch as I tried to avoid the muddier parts of the path. But, it was well worth the effort. I found the immense diversity of plants in that woodland path pretty rich and  I found some lovely geometrical structures, like the one displayed on the left.

I was captivated by the way the leaves unfolded from the centre forming this ever growing spiral of leaf blades which protruded outward. There could have been any number of ways in which I could have photographed this plant but breaking all the conventional rules of composition, I decided to put it right smack in the centre. It just felt like that made the best display of the composition given the subject. But, I will let you be the judge.

For anyone who plans to visit Derby Hill Bird Observatory, I definitely recommend taking a walk around the woodland areas of the hill. It is well worth exploring and seeing what else is out there. But, please, whatever you do, carry some boots. You will thank me later for that.

2 thoughts on “The Folds

  1. I must pay better attention to the details, Mervin, this is a fantastic exploration of shade, contour, and texture. Good advise on foot covering as well!

    1. That is what I pretty much saw when I took the photo – form. I tend to see that first before I see colour when taking photographs.

      I know Joe-I focuses a lot more on colour reporoduction. So, he pays special attention to the RGB histogram. On the other hand, I focus more on form, so I tend to look a lot more at the luminance histogram. If something is too underexposed or too overexposed, I am unable to show the edges of that form. Sometimes that is what I want; Othertimes that is what I want to avoid. But, this just provides another way for seeing the scene.

      Thanks for the comment!

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