Fern Abstractions

Fern Abstractions
Fern Abstractions by I Nancy, on Flickr

My collection of abstract light paintings is growing faster that I had anticipated. Is this just eye candy or have a struck on to something with core and substance?

Here I was on a local hike. I didn’t spare the gear for this hike as I was headed for a local waterfall: camera, 24-70mm, 17-14mm, ND and polarizer filters, tripod, shutter release. Now bear in mind that the definition of a water fall in southern California is somewhat loose. If there is water (any water) and it falls (any distance), it is a waterfall. It is often not very dramatic. The waterfall we were headed to was on the side of Boney Mountain. During the summer months it is but a trickle, during the winter just a bit more. Yesterday the water was flowing well enough but it just wasn’t pretty – just water falling down big gray granite rocks. No particularly pleasing lighting, mosses, or plants; only big brown sycamore leaves caught in the crevasses.

What I found myself attracted to were the big ferns growing on the right side of one of the pools of water. There was a nice contrast between the greens and gray/browns and a good flow of movement created by the fronds and the base of rocks and grasses. I wanted the movement to mimic the flow of growth but also catch some of the jaggy nature of the ferns. It was rather shaded, so the slow shutter speed was easy to get with a 3-stop ND (notice actually that I am at f/4 – the 3-stop almost being overkill). Standard post processing was used, adjusting the tone curve and a bit of saturation.

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