Trying to define it seems almost as fruitless as going on a shoot with the intention of only photographing it. The way I have always approached abstract photography, when I am shooting or viewing it is by following a very simple and personal edict:
You’ll know it when you see it
For the most part, I feel that abstract photography is a very personal thing, both for the photographer and the viewer. I cannot impose on you what I saw when I shot this image… nor do I want to. I just know that when I shot this little part of Panther Creek Falls on Saturday, it wasn’t just a piece to a larger puzzle, but rather it was something in and of itself. And to me, that fits inline with thinking in abstracts.
This is also the first in a series of five or so images from this location that I shot in such a fashion. I am very much looking forward to processing, printing, and hanging them. I want to give a huge shout out to the fantastic company that I had with me in, , , , and . It was one of the best days of shooting in a group that I can ever remember. I’m also sure that it was just the first of many to come.
In terms of processing
This was a two exposure blend using principles I learned through discussions with Jay. One exposure was for the very bright, flowing water and the other was for the far-dimmer rocks. I added a slight Green Enhancer on the moss, along with a tiny bit of a Blue Filter on the water to help provide some cooler color contrast. Deep Forest Glow was selectively applied to water to accentuate its softness. All applied in Perfect Effects 3 by . Final touches were achieved in Lightroom 4.1RC.