Lance Lewin  

Nature Study: Imaginary Reflections  by Lance Lewin

May 2022 - Nature Study: Imaginary Reflections

About the Image(s)

From my ongoing "Intimate with Nature" series, where I often focus on reflection to create alternative realities or compose abstracts. Note, this is a rare color image in the series, but only the color image is able to present the narrative.

Technical: Digitally Captured; w/50mm glass; composed through the viewfinder. Exposure and Chromatic adjustments only.(For another image from this photo shoot, see May featured image in DD-83 Mono). Thank you.

10 comments posted

Cindy Smith   Cindy Smith
So interesting. I love the colors and the "wisp" of light about the tree.   Posted: 05/03/2022 15:36:30

Jennifer Marano   Jennifer Marano
Very interesting image, Lance! The sun almost looks like a sparkler with smoke and sparks coming off it. And the tree reaching "up" into the ominous looking sky, or perhaps about to be engulfed by it, has an eerie look to it. There are probably as many interpretations as there are viewers! I really like the uncertainty of it.   Posted: 05/03/2022 17:57:18

Steven Jungerwirth   Steven Jungerwirth
Interesting image. At first I was unsure if I was looking at a reflection. I like the wisps in the sky and bright spots around the sun; not sure what they are - perhaps something in the water.   Posted: 05/04/2022 05:46:45

Dale Yates   Dale Yates
Great image! Very interesting. The sun in the upper left is handled very well and not overpowering. The overall "mood" of the image is great and, as Jennifer noted, allows for much thought and interpretation, which I also like. Thank you for stretching our boundaries...   Posted: 05/10/2022 08:30:41

Will Korn   Will Korn
No idea how you did this. It's thought-provoking. What would you think about cropping off the little trees at the bottom?   Posted: 05/11/2022 20:34:17
Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Happy Sunday Will, everyone! Appreciate your comments....

Yes, I think that is a viable option, and I tried it and think it is Ok. however, because the image is basically cropped through the viewfinder I will sacrifice a small portion of the trunk and right-side of composition to do this. My intentions was to allow the bottom row of of assorted flora to represent a base, or ground.

After one hour of visualizing the landscape I viewed a few peculiar visual reflections which inspired the Alternative Reality narrative. The finished work is a result of flipping the image 180 degrees and carefully adjusting color and hue for most natural chromatic effect.   Posted: 05/15/2022 09:23:01

Chan Garrett   Chan Garrett
I have spent some time looking at this image. I surmise this is total reflection in the water. My main uncertainty is concerning the change in color of the water. In the bottom third of the image the water is reflecting a blue sky. In the top two thirds the color is gray. This could be due to shadow caused by the presence of dark cloud cover over that portion of the sky, or due to a dark flow of water from a close by source of dark water just upstream from the photographed location. In any case, I believe the bright spots near the reflected sun to be caused by the sun reflecting on moving water. Then again, I may be totally wrong.
I do like this image, but the image you present in group 83 is by far my favorite of the two.   Posted: 05/13/2022 10:45:26
Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Hi Chan! Yes, the work can be a bit absorbing...please, read my comments to Will.

The work on the DD83 group page is completely different of course: there, a common object is focused and framed per my artistic likes and then, not common to most of my other work, a bit over processed, but that only means I used extensive Dodge & Burn, contrast tools, and Polarizing effects, No Layers or other pre-sets were used.   Posted: 05/15/2022 09:28:08

Barbara Asacker   Barbara Asacker
(Groups 19 & 63)
Hi Lance,
Captivating. Your image caught my eye and kept it for awhile. Very peaceful. Well done as usual.   Posted: 05/14/2022 09:47:04
Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Happy Sunday, Barbara! Thank you for stopping by....

The work does (and suppose) to imbue calmness; calmness we may feel when observing the night sky or a stroll in the plein-air. Work like this is inspired through my continued studies and practice of Japanese aesthetics. The element of water always acts as a natural catalyst for presenting images with sense of softness, even painters aesthetic we interpret as calming.   Posted: 05/15/2022 09:34:23


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