The Gardener II
Model Bio: This is a photograph of my friend Fiona working in the garden of a mutual friend. Fiona has recently started a new career and business providing gardening services – a complete change from her former life as a financial accountant in local government. You can read more about the gardening services offered by Fi here.
The whole cycle of a garden is decay in autumn, hibernation in winter followed by re-birth and bloom the following spring and summer. This is a quite time of year – the calm before the storm of spring – in the garden being time to tidy the garden, removing dead and decayed plants and branches and getting planned planting ready for the burst of life in the imminent spring.
Location : Cricklade, 7th of March 2015.
Equipment and settings : Canon 5D Mk III, EF 24-70 L , ISO 400 at F5.6 and 1/80th of a second.
Photography and Post Processing : Taken in natural light, at around 3 pm on a bright sunny day, accordingly I selected a shaded spot to give an even light over the image. Post processing was straightforward being a simple conversion to black and white, with a high pass filter being applied to the hand areas only and then minor adjustment of contrast and brightness.
Technically I think the image works and the high pass filter is a useful technique to provide natural looking emphasis and detail to the desired area of the image. Artistically there are a couple of elements I find particularly appealing – the deliberately blurry face in the background and the manicured nails despite the manual nature of the activity.