We took another ride to see the Stepstone Falls, the small waterfalls where Falls River Rd. intersects with Wood River. This time, Dennis also joined Jim and me and Jim drove. He knows how to get there! Fair warning, a lot of photographs in two galleries!
There was no noticeable change, and that’s a good thing. The colors were less intense and the trees had fewer leaves than on our previous visits, one and two. That may have resulted from the prolonged drought we had in late summer to early fall. The overcast sky also reduced the colors reflecting on the water.
I photographed the steps of the waterfalls from the upper to the lower drops. There were a few other visitors but I managed to keep them out of my frames except my friends, Dennis and Jim busy photographing the falls.
Several infrared captures end the collection below. I chose to present most of them in monochrome with toning that mimics platinum-toned prints. The one in color actually shows false colors with the red and blue channels swapped. That processing gives it almost believable colors in this context.
Nature Drips Colors for Abstractions
After photographing the falls, I turned my attention away from it and focused on naturally formed abstractions. During our last visit, I took some photographs of the bubbles floating on the water surface. This time, I paid more attention to the lines and shapes formed on the water by the reflections of the surrounding trees. There is no special processing for the lines you will see, just color balance if needed, profile, tonal corrections, some HSL adjustments in Lightroom, and the necessary sharpening.
The abstractions formed by nature that I photographed are the result of pure chance. When I click the shutter, I have no idea in what state the water surface would be. Just luck. They may look like embers under water or paint splashed on canvas. Some of these abstractions have an intense collection of lines and shapes that can easily serve as a Rorschach Test. Take a look, closer look, and pay attention to the lines, shapes, and colors. What do you see? Care to share your visualizations in a comment?
After seeing the results of these abstract images, I now realize that I should have zoomed in on smaller areas for better focus, and recorded small segments with better visible line patterns. Next time! I also tried a few ICM (intentional camera movement) captures with color abstractions.
Some of nature’s abstracts along with ICM images are in the gallery above. I created a video slide show below using more of the frames. Enjoy the music, if you like Pachelbel, and colors of nature.