A Bad Day With A Camera

Colouring Outside The Lines

The advantage of being a trained chef is that it has given me the ability to look at raw ingredients and to previsualize the finished product. It’s another grey, cold day and I don’t have much left in my tank. Still, a photo was needed so I went out front and stared at my favourite tree. Then I looked at the parts of the tree and that’s when I saw it.

Artificial colours, My Front Yard, Thornbriar Green, Strathmore, AB, 2024-03-25

One thing about being a photographer is that there is this expectation that your images will exhibit a certain fidelity to the original scene. It is important to note that an expectation is not a rule, but more of a guideline that photographers can flaunt at will. There is nothing saying you can’t mix and match parts of a scene into something you find much more interesting than what you originally saw. So I did.

All of the above were mixed and matched into the final image. I’m actually happy that most of them will work on their own in a portfolio, but they were not what I was after this evening. They were just the raw ingredients.

The images in this diary entry were made using a Canon EOS 30D paired with either a Canon 17-40mm EF L USM f4 lens or a Canon 70-300 EF IS USM f4-5.6 lens.

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