Feb Showers

The second day of February and it rains. In fact, it will for the next four.

The photo above is a test shot. I used my polarizing filter to mitigate the reflections on the rain drops on the petals. As it was difficult to see through the viewfinder whether the effect effected what I wanted, I really had no clue as I pushed the shutter release. I guess it did. You can kind of see the detail of the petals through the raindrops, can you?

Shot with the XT2 in black and white mode using the red filter. That should leave you with enough clue as to the color of the hibiscus flower. ❧

Liquid

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Waves. Fujifilm XT2. Snapseed. Huntington Beach, CA.

The contrast was guaranteed; I needed only to judge the balance between darks and lights. So I examined how the surfs broke apart and fizzled out firstly before deciding to push the shutter release button.

I have little control over the composition; the rest is a prayer.

If you ever use Snapseed to edit photos, don’t bypass the Tonal Contrast tool. Absent this, the photo above would’ve appeared flat. The constrast in the shadow areas I owe to using this tool.

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Fives

Five

But if I told you I captured the seemingly unassuming photo above at the very exact moment when my nephew’s hand collided with mine, after which, in a split-second, he retracted his hand, then the whole experience — the sound the impact made, the weight of his hand, the softness of it, how he grunted — despite what the image conveys, is ephemeral, vanishing like a thunderclap. Continue reading