From the archives, vol. 49

2009-07-26Chicago Botanic Garden 2009-07-26

I remember this day very well, because it was equal parts enchanting and maddening. It was a day when the light was changing rapidly, and by rapidly I mean from one second to the next, as the sun played hide and seek behind the clouds. Compounding the difficulty of the shooting conditions was the timing of my visit, which took place in the late morning/early afternoon – not exactly prime time for outdoor photography. Yet at times, the interplay of sun and clouds made for some truly unique – in the best of ways – lighting conditions. Unfortunately, when I got home and loaded my images into Photoshop, I felt as if I had done a poor job making the most of what nature had offered. At the time, I had a go at processing some of these photos, but was not pleased with the results. I stumbled across them again recently, and decided they might be worth another shot. I’m still not completely pleased with some of the captures, either from a technical or compositional standpoint, and the light is better in some than others – the wider landscape shots for instance did not fair particularly well – but I feel as if my improved processing skills have at least made these worth a look… if for nothing else than to recall an often frustrating, but mostly beautiful day.

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