A photographer buddy of mine, Jeff Link, shared this wonderful image of liquid amber seed pods.
It was taken “in situ” with them still on a tree in his backyard.
Mouse over the image and you’ll see the image before Jeff added his magic.
While I have your attention, do go and visit Jeff Link’s website and see if you would like to buy some of his beautiful landscapes.
This striking image brings home the point that “you don’t actually have to travel far to find good images” but you do have to pick up the camera and use it.
Sure, if you had lots of time and unlimited resources, you could travel the world and capture picturesque scenics of famous landmarks.
The artistry is in knowing your camera so well in how it meters and to be able to predict the outcome so that the adage “luck favors the prepared” becomes true.
Sure there are lucky shots and there are lucky shots.
You know you happen to be there with your camera and the shutter just happened to be open and something remarkable happened in front of your lens.
In photojournalism circles, that’s the “F8 and be there” rule.
Thanks Jeff for sharing your image with me.
Jeff shared what else he did with his image in photoshop. It doesn’t sound too involved, quoting him:
“I changed the black point, vibrance, contrast. Clarity was increased a little…then I added the border and kicker stripe matching black background and the yellows in the seed pods. I used NIK noise reducer Define 2.0 and finally I sharpened the pods using NIK’s Sharpener. That’s it.”