Day 10…CaptureOne practice

7 days to go – the reflecting pool inside the NYBG Conservatory…

This room is peaceful and receives lots of natural light. Usually the pink passion flowers bloom late afternoon although I’ve never been able to predict when this will happen so it’s always a wonderful surprise. This year, surprise barely describes the room. The fountain is covered with moss and the water only circulates softly in the pool below. This means there are no bubbles to capture in the dark water below…just a slight sense of aquatic motion. The surface is covered with tiny green and red botanical growth which naturally clump together leaving space for the sky and glass supports to reflect in the water.

I took a photo workshop in Westville, CT this past summer and the leader told me it was best to get it right in camera so I did not have to spend time in Lightroom or Photoshop. Perhaps, she did not understand that I enjoy visiting The New York Botanical Gardens again and again or sometimes what makes one a decent photographer is the desire to improve each work. ..she announced to the group that I was “good photographer”.  This did not feel like a compliment..it felt like a “slap” because I pressed my point and she then accused me of  “acting like her teenage daughter.”

I always aim to be better and ignored her misguided advice which seemed based on expediency and not the desire to grow and thus, continue to do exactly what I enjoy.

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This image is the result and, I can’t wait to go back again.

The color editor in CaptureOne is amazing…was able to isolate and pump up the saturation of the blues and greens.

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