October 10, 2017
This entry was posted on October 10, 2017 by Linda Grashoff. It was filed under iridescence, Leptothrix discophora and was tagged with glacial erratics, iron bacteria, Northern Ohio, photography, sedge, shale, Vermilion River.
I like the depth and richness of this. Nice work, Linda!
October 10, 2017 at 7:48 AM
I’m extra glad you like this one, Ken. I worked on it more than I do on most of my photographs. This little nest of Leptothrix discophora film was in a place that was darkish, but I made it even darker around the edges. Doing that seemed to make the photograph look more like I what I felt in discovering it.
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October 10, 2017 at 10:07 AM
I so get that, about darkening the edges and finding the feeling to be more like what you felt when you saw it. After all, the camera is a mediator of experience, so maybe we need to push it a little this way, a little that way, if the aim is to try to cleave as closely as possible to the original sight. Then sometimes, the aim is to use the photo as a jumping off point to go in a completely different direction. It’s all good. 🙂
October 20, 2017 at 3:05 PM
I don’t often have a feeling about something I’ve photographed that I think can be better expressed if I fool around with the image. I can’t really remember why I started fooling around with this one. I wonder if I was disappointed at how it looked on download, remembering my emotional reaction to what I saw and photographed. I’ll have to think about that; I’ll try to be alert to the possibility of being disappointed, even a little, in another freshly downloaded image. Maybe—as in many things—opportunity may hide there.
October 20, 2017 at 4:12 PM
This has the feel of a secret spot where rituals are held by unseen beings. Your extra effort certainly paid off, Linda.
October 11, 2017 at 12:22 AM
Alan, I’m so glad you mentioned the feel of this photograph. I don’t think many (any?) of my photos have a particular feel to them, but in this case, I was definitely going for the feeling, and I’m glad it shows. Thanks so much for noticing.
October 11, 2017 at 12:33 PM
I like the tonal range in this image and the glistening centre of Leptothrix discophora, Linda. Beautiful.
October 13, 2017 at 2:53 AM
Thank you, Andy. I processed the photo to try to emphasize that glistening center. I confess that this is the latest favorite of my own photographs.
October 13, 2017 at 9:15 AM
Yes, to what Alan said, and your reply – I also had that feeling when I first looked at it, and I really liked that. Very intimate, too.
October 20, 2017 at 3:06 PM
So glad you got that feeling, too, Lynn. OK, here’s a question, though, which occurred to me after listening to one of the presentations on Creative Live’s Photo Week a few days ago. The iridescence leads out of the picture plane at the bottom right edge. Do you think darkening that edge would improve the photograph?
October 20, 2017 at 4:18 PM
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For more information about the iron bacteria, including Leptothrix discophora, click on this image of the book They Breathe Iron: Artistic and Scientific Encounters with an Ancient Life Form.
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