Saturday, March 31, 2012

Image of the Month: April

Another black & white image that I think is worthy for consideration for "image of the month".  This one captures dramatic clouds to create an ethereal ambience.  It was taken on a beautiful sunny afternoon with temperatures hovering in the 70's and the sky a brilliant blue with a few puffy clouds overhead; a typical spring day.  I am intrigued by the concept of taking these surreal images during full daylight that transform the viewer into a night time scene.There are no tricks with long exposure.  It requires an in-depth view of the weather forecast as one hopes for puffy clouds, a little wind to move the clouds along quickly and patience taking images ranging from 30 seconds up to 5 minutes exposure time.

© 2012, Joanne Scherf

Overall I think this image presents the house as the focal point with leading lines coming from the stone wall on the left and the limited view of the sidewalk on the bottom right of the image.  These leading lines focus the viewer's line of site directly to the house which emits an eerie glow.  The sky overhead adds a dramatic flair and the white clouds provide the perfect background for making the huge tree just pop from the image, ultimately competing with the house for attention.  The intention of the image could be bewitched, haunting, or perhaps just ethereal; you decide.

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