Turn Around

This image was made as we were happily shooting the wonderful sunset at the Lake Hotel.   The clouds were amazing and the reflections stunning.  It was hard to take your eyes off of the constantly changing scene.  That said, I’ve taught myself to always turn around and look at what is happening behind me.  Too many times I’ve missed the best light because I was so mesmerized by what I was shooting.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I believe we should WORK the scene we are drawn too.  I’m just saying take a minute to turn around and see what is happening there too.  When I turned around the light on this lovely tree was, well, yummy.  I had the wrong lens on and the light was changing quickly so I just shot it wide knowing I could crop the 24 megapixel just fine later.  Two things caught my eye, the light and the beautiful graphic nature of the tree.  Ultimately I’ve chosen the B&W version as I felt it focused the eye on the graphic design.  A color version is included below with a slightly different crop as well.

Moral of the story, turn around, especially for sunrise and sunset shoots.

This entry was posted in B&W, Color, Ireland, Landscape, Topaz B&W Effects.


  1. Sherry Cote August 2, 2012 at 6:00 pm #

    In this case I prefer the color image. I think it has more depth, and it’s a shame to waste all that yummy color and the red in the bark.

    • john8276 August 2, 2012 at 9:47 pm #

      And that is what makes this all SOOOO much fun. Everyone brings a different or their paradigm to the act of viewing images. So I’ll say, the both work!! Hows that? 🙂

  2. Stephan August 3, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    “Life is like a good black and white photograph, there’s black, there’s white, and lots of shades in between.” ~ Karl Heiner

    Amen JB! Great post and words of wisdom! And yet, an image that is taller than you! Great perspective!

    Both images work and the lessons of turning around and being aware of your surroundings is a key element to discovery and seeing beyond the initial vision that brings us to a particular spot.

    Direct, indirect, reflective and all of the given possibilities of light, dark and the shades between – a scene and scape continues to evolve. Standing up, climbing a rock or even laying down, it all changes.

    Imagine back to when we were a child, being lifted by our parent to see further and awaiting to be able to see on our own. Yet, we always have had the visions of our own.

    First impressions to last impressions to future impressions… the process is never-ending with infinite possibilities.

    What do we see, what do we feel, how do we interact, how do we react and how do we record the moment. From being the photographer to a viewer of works of art, the journey and discovery is never ending – even if we stay in one location – no moment is ever the same. Ever-changing enlightenment.

  3. Daniel Ruf August 3, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    You’re right. The black and white is stunning and graphic. Great job on both.

  4. Bob Towery August 20, 2012 at 10:59 pm #

    Great compo whether color or B&W. The B&W is my fave, but the compo steals the show.

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