On a recent morning in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park spent watching the impressive antics of a group of ninja-like mallard ducks, this photo almost didn’t happen. I only noticed its photo worthiness as I was leaving the park. It’s one more instance of becoming a bit more comfortable with the ‘tools of my trade’. I speak of experimentation with everything from re-lighting the environment, to cropping out one portion of a shot to bring stronger focus to another, to adding, you guessed it – rain!
Daring to experiment with a photo’s original composition can end up changing the entire mood of the work, allowing it to say things you might never have considered. This is a proposition I’m learning to enjoy more and more with each photo opportunity.
For instance, the day of this shot was a mixture of strong cloudiness and intermittent sun; not the best of shooting conditions. A few years back, I may have thought the photo’s possibilities not worth exploring. These days the challenge is one I can get excited about!
K’lee L. © 2015