Green and more green
Took a long, my-feet-are-wet-and-cold hike with Alex and Jim last Thursday. We went to Santa Ysabel East, a new place for me and one I hope to soon return to. New places tend to generate a lot of photos and this was no exception. That, and the heavy clouds rolling through the 4,000+ foot elevation made for a great day of shooting. Between here and a short stop on Wynola Road I took over 170 pictures. A nice bag of images to come home with but then disappointment sets in when only 4-6 are "worthy." I know that over the next year and even after that I'll be coming back to this collection and finding new ways to twist and turn these files into what I felt while I was there. The above image does that, it's one of the few times I have rendered from raw bits and bytes what I saw while I was there. Not the reality but how I envisioned it, I feel I got it right.
There is also the problem of having over 150 GREEN images to deal with. After looking at green for hours and days I lose my ability to see the envisioned image in all those shades of GREEN. You'd think that after spending so many hours shooting and processing desert pictures from Anza-Borrego that I'd be sick of brown and would love to bathe in green for a while. I did…for a while. Now I can't look at green meadows and mentally or emotionally compose anything at all. It's like I've lost my ability to do green.
So, they'll patiently wait for me to de-sensitize to green and to also figure out how to pull from the raw file the image I saw while there. Green meadows, trees, fields don't easily transit to B&W. At least I haven't found the secret to doing so. That may be part of my inability to move on the remaining images. I tried to see them in B&W while taking the photo but now can't convert the low contrast greens to the nice, smooth tones of a beautiful monochrome image. The remedy may be TIme, just need some time and distance. So for now I'll go look for something brown or blue, and wait.