57. Blurred Lines – Autumn 2018


Color violence

Autumn 2018 immediately stroke me as…different.
It somewhat looked like autumn as I remembered, but…those colors!
Who pushed that color slider to the right? Who kicked that paint bucket?

Autumn forest

This was what the forest actually looked like. But it felt like so much more….

The colors didn’t overwhelm me….. they overpowered me! Like a bunch of savage warriors, rushing along on an indomitable color stream. I was dragged into the forest, completely defenseless against that much color.

Beech Forest

Autumn in a frame. Gorgeous, but not ‘my autumn’.

Beyond yellow

A row of larches passed. Usually somewhat unremarkable trees. But this year the yellow was so bright…  This was not just your average yellow, this was beyond yellow. And this was only the edge of the forest … … what would be waiting inside? Even the usually so modest birches were transformed into professional crowd pullers. Their leaves seemed disconnected from the trunk, scattered as if the entire forest was littered with yellow confetti.

Birches in autumn

Birches, usually quite modest trees. This year professional attention pullers.

Orange haze

Once in the forest, the pines, in all their gloomy darkness, could have provided some peace, hadn’t they offered the perfect stage for the American oak to rise and shine. Its red glory absorbed my last bit of attention. Still bravely trying to handle this color overdose, a harmlessly looking beech lane was the death blow. An orange haze took over. Had I been a computer, a ‘Color Overload’ warning would have been blinking on my screen.

Beech lane

A beech lane in autumn colors. Autumn at its best, but still..not what I was looking for.

Autumn Medley

This autumn was like an orchestra;  a medley of dark blue basses, orange violins, dark green piano play, bright yellow trumpets and a red cello ensemble…. My eyes were chattering! Without any conductor-skills, I had no clue how to organize this cacophony of colors. So I closed my eyes and it finally became quiet…
All of a sudden this brilliant idea came up: What if I would use my camera, which happened to be idle in my hand? Maybe I could click some order into this chaos? To capture this amount of beauty in just 22 million pixels was quite a challenge, but I could at least try!

Autumn Colors

What if I left out shome shapes, to find the essence? Not there yet, but getting closer….

The essence of autumn

During my awkward attempt to regain some grip on my autumn, a woman walked by, excitedly chattering: “I am SO curious what you captured!” One thing I knew for sure: “Not what you think… “, but I dutifully showed her my screen. She did not quite succeed in concealing her disappointment and I heard myself explain semi-apologetically: “The forest is beautiful, but I am a little overwhelmed. So I try to capture the colors in particular, without being distracted by trivialities such as shape or sharpness …. “ From the corner of my eye I witnessed the woman turning into a big question-mark and shaking her head, walking back to her sharp forest, while I was sucked back into my blurred color-mixture. ‘So that was what I was doing … looking for the essence of autumn …!’

Creative nature photography

You can still see the trees and the light and the image invites me to enter….

Blurred lines icm

Blurred lines…between a striped pajamas and my autumn impression.

And to me, the essence was perfectly clear; the color! Why recording what’s already there, if it’s already there? Why not capturing an experience, an impression? And so I released myself from the grip of the forest; goodbye rules and clear-cut goal; free at last!

Yellow autumn leaves

This year, the yellows aren’t just yellow, but beyong yellow and that is what i want to capture!

Intentional camera movement in an autumn forest

Attempt to merge gloomy dark pines and crisply fresh larches.

Intentional camera movement in an autumn forest

A successful amalgamation to a greenish yellow that I like.

Orange autumn forest

The fire of those black trunks and the red orange oak leaves creating fireworks together, that’s what I was looking for!

 


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