Daily Image - Feb 2011 Archive - sonofjohan

If I try hard, I believe I can come up with just two photographers who, in the days of film, expected each frame they shot to be fully usable. You are likely familiar with one, Ansel Adams, but not the other who is a local Seattle resident. I was always taught that one usable image per roll was a good average and something to shoot for, no pun intended. So when I did get that type of result I was most pleased. Then along came the era of the digital image and cameras, and all that changed. Now we all shoot far more than ever before (something like the computer era will make for less work and do away with paper) because we can easily throw away, or at least we should, all those images that didn't turn out as we had envisioned in the viewfinder. But then there is always the idea that maybe you should keep those not so good images and do something creative with them. That's right along the line of if its a digital image we can always fix it in the computer. Two bad ideas; regardless of digital or film, we still need to compose and create carefully in the camera. That's not to say that we can't shoot some images with the idea that we will be reworking them later into something we envision but can't fully capture at the moment. So although we are now shooting without concern of cost, as in the film days, we still need to be very selective in what we do. Of the images you see from me, those 250 or so represent roughly just 1% of what I've shot. Of course I try to pick and choose carefully what I share, but even if I sent twice as many images it would still represent a minuscule proportion of what has been shot to get there. The image for today was shot with the idea that it was to become something it wasn't originally. For those of you who enjoy thrillers, Jurassic Park was among the best ever written even though there was a bit of playing with the science. Of course the author, an M.D., knew exactly where he was playing with reality, but he did it in such a manner as to make it fully believable. Part of his story dealt with genetic material being wholly preserved in amber, and while I have no idea where I might actually find such material, I can imagine some other type of rock such as sandstone, which might conceivably contain a fossilized specimen of some age old entity, such as a plant. So let's start with a nice image of a plant, clean up the background a bit, and then apply an artistic filter to it such that the resultant image looks as if it might actually have been a fossilized plant. Does it work? ISO 200; 1/60 sec @ f/5.6.