“If you are a dreamer come in
If you are a dreamer a wisher a liar
A hoper a pray-er a magic-bean-buyer
If you’re a pretender com sit by my fire
For we have some flax golden tales to spin
Come in! 
Come in!” 
― Shel Silverstein

The title for this image came fairly readily. I was out making photos with my son and he was on a hillside on the path ahead of me, shooting some low angle shots of the surrounding forest. As he stood up, it shot a deliberate horizontal pan of him, backlit by the early autumn colours. The result was, to me, magical. A sensory jolt, as I distilled his shape among the light trails.

It’s a single, unprocessed image. The background light casting his form into shadow, as the brightness of the forest colours surrounds him like something magical and filled with energy. Of the several images I made that warm autumn day, this is the one I wanted to process first, since it fairly jumped from my camera’s preview display. It’s dreamlike and filled with energy, peaceful, yet subtly sinister. I like that in an image. It conveys multiple moods and energies in a single image.

The only real issue I had in producing the image was to stop the camera down sufficiently to prevent blowing out the back ground. Since I did not have a neutral density filter with me, which would be my go-to, I accomplished it through setting my ISO to the  L1.0 setting, a full stop below the lowest ISO of 100. Anything for the shot.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/4 sec, f/9.0, ISO 50 (L1.0)

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9 Comments on ““Jolt”

  1. Yes, Ed, it’s so magical, softly floating, flying. The light and shade in front of the black tree look like faces following the light! It looks serene!

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