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With And Without. May 18, 2009

Posted by littlebangtheory in Uncategorized.
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Here’s a shot I took at the end of the day, when the light was just skipping across the surface of things.  There were these odd, bud-like wildflowers rising on elegant stalks in this cemetery up in the hills, and I had to pull over and try to get that image.  Sorry to not know the mame of the wildflower (though “weed” would be widely accepted for such an unknown species.)  I’ll look it up.

Anyway, the photo did indeed capture the drama inherent in the light:


and I dug it.

But I’ve lately been playing with my images a bit, and in particular, I’ve been sadisticly  enjoying stripping them of a goodly amount of their colour, rendering them “washed;” not black and white, but drained of their messy reality and rendered as ghost/surrogate images, with a different feel and intent:


I like this effect; it seems to pare things down to their skeletal forms without losing all attachment to reality.

Let me know if I overdo it with this technique – I’m trying to keep it to situations where it’s actually a value-added thing rather than just another way to look at a photo.


1. Frau Biergut - May 18, 2009

Hawkweed, I think. They are growing at the Rolling J so the timing is about right.

2. Frau Biergut - May 18, 2009

I forgot, (it’s early) to say

3. Barb - May 18, 2009

Your ‘washed’ effect is perfect. Love it!


4. sherry - May 18, 2009

i really do like the effect! cool.

5. littlebangtheory - May 18, 2009

Thanks, all.

Frau B, it’s not hawkweed, it looks more like small bundles of albino pussy willows on a hawkweed-like stem, with a few narrow basal leaves. I saw it identified on a website, but I lost the link.

Bummer! 😉

6. Fern - May 29, 2009

My thought was pussytoes, too! Check it out through Google – images – http://www.nps.gov/wica/naturescience/images/Red-Pussytoes.jpg

7. TheCunningRunt - May 29, 2009

That’s it, Fern – Thanks! 🙂

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