Welcome! I am a Dymond, my camera refracts, and photography is my passion. Over the past few years, I, like many millions around the world, discovered the joy of photography. When I see other people’s work, I often wonder what the story is behind the picture. As I am getting more serious about my work, I decided to share some thoughts and stories about my photos. I don’t know where this blog adventure will take me, but I hope to have fun and learn from it. I would welcome your comments, questions, and critiques.
This picture was taken on February 13, 2015 at the “Winterlichter” (Winter Lights) exhibit at Luisenpark in Mannheim, Germany. It was an amazing outdoor art exhibit and really brightened up a dark winter night. The Winterlichter exhibit was a nice distraction – and not just from the dreary winter weather. In February, I was going through medical testing, and I was worried about the potential very serious outcome. A few days later I received good news, almost the best possible outcome. With a good diagnosis coming after some dark weeks of testing, the pictures I took that night took on symbolic meaning for me. The surreal nature of the unnatural shapes and colors paired with the trees and park space also appeals to me. A beautiful, although sometimes unsettling image.
I actually went to the exhibit twice, because I didn’t have a tripod the first time. This shot was taken the second night using a tripod. I kept the ISO on 400 to reduce any noise, but I also kept the aperture at f/11.0 to keep the background dark. I was very happy with the result.
There wasn’t much post-processing needed on this shot. I adjusted the color balance slightly. I lowered the brightness, also decreasing the blacks. I increased the vibrance. Further I cropped to center, which I felt gave a more dramatic effect than having the tree off center.
I hope you like this photo. I am excited about sharing these pictures with you and aim to post 1-2 times a week. I hope to discover some good photographers and learn from those reading. Thank you for taking the time to check out this photoblog.
Camera: Canon 600D on tripod
Lens: EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II at 28mm
Shutter speed: 4 seconds