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The Green Door by Karl Leck

May 2023 - The Green Door

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About the Image(s)

The song lyric "Green Door, what's that secret you're keepin'?" has remained in my head for 50+ years. It inferred secret and possibly erotic connotations. Serendipitously, I was photographing spring wildflowers near the pond at Mt. Cuba Center in Delaware when kids from a visiting family noticed toads in the water. I used a Nikon Z7 and Nikkor Z 70-200mm f/2.8S lens to photograph them but didn't notice until I got home that each toad was actually two, a mating pair. I returned the next day with a 100-400mm lens but the toads had finished their party and retreated into the camouflage of woodland.

I had a collection of different pairs of toads at different angles and wondered how to show them. From the pond I had the feeling of a crowded party so I packed several images together. Then I photographed a closet door and changed its color to green via Hue/saturation. The closet packed with mating toads was good but it needed a foreground subject. I added a bullfrog 'doorman' from another shoot and the lettering on the door. The rest of this 9 layer composite was tonality and clean-up work. I tried to solve that half-century old question, "What's behind the Green Door?"

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6 comments posted

Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
Very creative Karl! I wonder if the doorman needs a tophat.   Posted: 05/11/2023 16:02:35

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
The compositing was technically very good. Your including the shadow of the "doorfrog" added a sense of reality. The frogs behind the green door are out of focus. Perhaps that adds to the story.   Posted: 05/13/2023 16:18:14
Karl Leck   Karl Leck
The frogs behind the door are in focus as shot with the 45MP Nikon Z7. A possible illusion that they are out of focus is the substantial reduction in file size to accommodate the 768 pixel high format for this website. Judith, you can look at a 16x20 print of this image at tomorrow's meeting to see how sharp the critters are. Karl   Posted: 05/14/2023 07:53:31

Gerard Blair   Gerard Blair
I heard it first in the Shakin Stevens version in '81 - so more like 40 years for me :-)
Fun and inventive image, gate-keeper is especially eye-catching. I wonder if the blank wall might be asking for a themed piece of wall paper - or a poster or two?
  Posted: 05/14/2023 15:25:41

Freddie Kelvin   Freddie Kelvin
I love the creativity behind this, especially the gate-keeper watching out as his buddies perform behind the green door.

I clearly remember the song; it was a huge hit in the UK and was popularized by Frankie Vaughan...I knew his cousin quite well!   Posted: 05/15/2023 17:32:12

Liz Smith   Liz Smith
very creative   Posted: 05/16/2023 22:32:26