Color of the season.
Color of the season.
The Unbearable Lightness of Being is a novel by Milan Kundera. However, for my purposes here, The Lightness of Being is also a book about physics by Frank Wilczek. (Book page here.) The Lightness of Being is subtitled “Mass, Ether, and the Unification of Forces.” Significantly (to me), Wilczek says:
A central theme of this book is that the ancient contrast between celestial Light and earthy Matter has been transcended.
This image is the latest to be completed in the series I have been working on of highly impressionistic images, moderately abstract though based on natural scenes, and processed with substantial digital manipulation. The artistic basis for this series was discussed in an earlier blog post, “Defamiliarization (Ostranenie) in Photography.”
The series of images, collectively entitled “Natural Impressions,” has been brought together in a gallery at Joanne Mason Photography.
Here is a slide show of the images in the series to date (Images are large; allow time for the slide show to load).
Of the images in the recent series, I find this one of azalea bushes in autumn the most satisfying. These are not loose leaves; i.e., this image is of a clump of azalea bushes. But the leaves in the image are floating against the background. Although the image is highly impressionistic, the colors and textures of the leaves are more or less accurate.
The brilliant red – scarlet, almost – of the maple trees is what one usually thinks of for the most striking colors of autumn. For me, personally, the most exciting colors are the yellows. These are usually beeches here in the northeast. Nothing says autumn to me more than a wall of yellow beech leaves against a brilliant blue sky.
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. (Albert Camus)
I believe fall – especially on a sunny day – is one of the most glorious times of the year. The leaves seem to be literally calling out with excitement and joy. Here is another impressionist treatment. I’m again shooting with the 35 mm (50mm full frame equiv) “normal” lens.
Continuing the series of digitally altered images.
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