Michael Hrankowski  

Global Warming by Michael Hrankowski

October 2021 - Global Warming

October 2021 - Michael Hrankowski


October 2021 - Michael Hrankowski

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October 2021 - Michael Hrankowski

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About the Image(s)

Camera Info: Background photo 1/10 sec @ f/19; 215mm (325mm FFE); ISO 100

CONFESSION: The background is an accidental image. As I was driving to my photography workshop last month, I stopped by a lake to take some test images with my newly acquired ND filters. I was walking back to the car along the rocky beach when I inadvertently triggered the shutter. I didn't know it had happened until I imported my images into Lightroom. I had my finger poised on the DELETE button then thought twice about it. As I was thinking about the abstract image, I began to envision a composite image. The "flames" are blades of Japanese Fire Grass. The sun and sunburst are from a sunrise photo taken during the workshop. I combined the images in Photoshop and finished it off in Topaz Studio 2 using an abstract preset at 25%.

7 comments posted

Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
You got a nice creative image! The accidental image is a happy one for you to create this special background. All the combination of the sun, Japanese fire glass and the background tells the story of global warming well.
Because the sun is so low, I'd prefer to crop tighter the top part a bit more.
  Posted: 10/15/2021 09:05:48

Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Thanks for your comments, Kieu-Hanh. I always appreciate your perspective.   Posted: 10/15/2021 09:37:58

LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Hello Michael,

I see you are taking a liking to altered reality in your photography. I find your image is thought-provoking in that it makes the viewer consider your title.

To me, the photo has many attributes of an altered reality photograph, such as a change in natural color, the shape and form of the grass, and a blend of three images taken by you and combined.

You have changed the organic green grass and sun from having a sense of relaxation and calm to alarm by simply using red. This single change helps to convey the story you want to tell your viewers. Lastly, I can see your photograph appealing to the innate emotions of some of your viewers.

Are you going to submit this photo to a competition?   Posted: 10/15/2021 11:22:22
Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Thanks for your comments....do you think it worthy of competition?   Posted: 10/15/2021 13:02:41
LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher

The one area I would suggest working on, for competition, is the area around the sun. In my subjective opinion, something feels out of place with the brighter sun flares compared to the atmosphere in the rest of the image. It catches my eye, and I keep going back to it; this would be a problem area if I were judging. The word that comes to mind is cartoonish lines. I think a little refining would help.

One last point, if you enter this in competition, do not leave your logo on the image; this is a disqualification.

LT   Posted: 10/15/2021 13:15:37

Mary Ann Carrasco   Mary Ann Carrasco
This photograph is very creative and tells the story of global warming very well. I like how you have taken three photographs and made a composite as well as changed the features of the original photographs dramatically. I typically prefer more realistic images but I find myself drawn to this one because it tells the story so well.   Posted: 10/15/2021 16:53:51
Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Thanks, Mary Ann. I generally also prefer more realistic images, but the initial "mistake" photograph got my mind working and inspired me to do this abstract composite.   Posted: 10/15/2021 18:41:25


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