“Wrapped in Scarlet”
“I stand, transfixed, surrounded by a sea of fall colours so beautiful that it’s hard to describe. And through it all, red beams from the forest. Bold and bright. It’s not even a competition, it has my full attention.” – Ed Lehming
Just yesterday, though it seems like days, my wife and daughter and I went for a walk along Prince Edward County’s Millenium Trail. Fall was in full show and the trail took us through some wonderfully wooded areas.
The entire landscape was filled with bright colours and leaves blowing in the gentle breeze. To be honest, autumn often overwhelms me as a photographer; to be surrounded by so much colour and beauty makes it difficult to focus on just one thing, as they all compete for my attention. And then, this stunning red vine had me transfixed. It stood out so dramatically from the surrounding colours that I could not take my eyes off it. As a simple photo it did look nice but I added my deliberate camera motion to it to make it even more stunning.
It’s also a bit of a milestone for me. I have felt completely uninspired artistically for the past few months, relying only on images I made with my iPhone, so It’s nice to get back into it with my real camera
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 185 mm
1/4 sec, f/32, ISO 400
A true work of art, natural and digital.
I call them “Halloween vines” because it seems the trees dress up in them for every Halloween.
Ditto on the overwhelming nature of Nature.
It’s always a distraction, but in autumn it is mind-bending!
I also find that the motion makes the image more stunning. It is so vibrant and the motion gives it a painterly feel, as if the reds had been laid on with a pallet knife, thick and saturated! In contrast to the softer tones in the background. Exquisite!
Thank you, that’s one of the reasons I like this technique, it adds life to the image.