It took me nearly a year, from August 2013 to today, to figure out what I wanted to do with these images of “chocolate” dahlias (my description, not official!) from St Lawrence Market.
The method was to follow my nose and know that I wanted the flower to be barely recognizable, but for the colour variations to be there. In practical terms, this meant bringing OUT the darker tones and toning DOWN the brighter ones and especially any specular highlights (shiny spots – think of a flash being reflected on a piece of metal).
I’m fairly pleased with this result. Which doesn’t mean I won’t revisit it sometime, probably tomorrow!
Because, you have to understand – I don’t take pictures of I want to see. The pictures are just raw material. What I want to see is in my head. So I start with something reasonably close to that, and bring it out.
Sometimes I want to see something that I didn’t expect. So I arrange the situation accordingly.
But what I hardly ever, ever do these days is arrange a shot and take a picture of it and then be happy. Why would I do that?
[July 26: post-script: this is going to be hellishly difficult to print effectively... stay tuned...]