You may or may not know this about me but I am red/green colorblind. Usually upon hearing this, the common reaction from others is to go into a curious circus freak mode and begin pointing at various objects and asking what color this or that is. I especially love the notion some have that because I can’t see red, for example, that anything red is invisible to me. :)
Now, don’t get me wrong, I know that these questions aren’t being asked to patronize or ridicule, but rather they are asked in a truly inquisitive and curious nature – and I am totally ok with that… otherwise, I wouldn’t share this little bit of very personal information.
But one question always stands out more than any other and, depending on the state of mind I’m in at the time, can be very jarring to try and answer. The question is: If you’re colorblind, how can you even be a photographer?
If there is one thing that the fragile ego of an artist does not need, it is the veil of doubt being cast over your eyes. :)
But in all seriousness, it is a very valid question. If I can’t see the full spectrum of visible color, how can I be entrusted to accurately represent them back to you here? The simple answer is that I can’t be entrusted and in all honesty, I don’t care to be. I’ve thought about this long and hard and if there is one thing that I stand tall to, it is knowing that I am as much of a photographer as any other person – I’m just my own photographer.
I chose this image today because it includes a dominant color that I have a hard time discerning and representing, especially in foliage. I can’t really tell the difference in hue between yellow and green. Does that mean that I should abdicate to someone else who can fix this for me?
Absolutely, positively not
What you see here is what I see. It is what I find to be fitting for the image and how I want to convey it to you. I can’t tell you if these colors are truly correct, for whatever that is worth. To verify that, you’ll need to visit Shepherd’s Dell along the Columbia River Gorge to find out what it looks like to your eyes. What I can tell you is that when I was processing this shot, these values are what seemed visually appealing to me and I want to share that with you.
So for those of you out there with your own quirks and deviations, I’m here to tell you that you should own up to them. Embrace them. Make them who you are and have your work embody them.
Your quirks are not your limitations. They are your own personal signature
While we’re at it, I’m tossing this in for today’s #waterfallwednesday , curated by the great.
In terms of processing
This is a two-exposure blend that was masked together in Perfect Layers 2 by . One exposure metered for the bright water while the other metered for the darker foliage that flanked it.
The composited layer was then sent to Perfect Effects 3 (also by onOne). I selectively applied a custom Green Enhancer onto the foliage along with a custom Blue filter onto the water and rock surface. I wanted to create some color contrast here. Next, I applied a global Deep Forest glow and some Tonal Contrast to taste.
Final touches were applied in Adobe Lightroom 4.1.