Today’s Favorite: Gazing

This is my most recent photograph. I was up late one night to try and photograph a cactus. Well, not exactly a cactus. We have a century plant in our back yard which has gone to flower. It hasn't completed its cycle yet, but it has sent up a really tall stalk with branches covered in flower buds. Anyways, I was up late trying to get a picture of the stars behind the stalk. This is about the best I got that night:

This is the original raw image converted to a jpg in Lightroom without editing.

This is the original raw image converted to a jpg in Lightroom without editing.

It had rained earlier that day and there was still moisture in the air. Not only did that dim the stars a little, but it also meant that there were lots of clouds floating around. A few minutes after I captured the image you just saw the clouds moved back in. Because the stars were no longer an option I searched around for other things to photograph. I tried light painting on some hedges, but I didn't get anything that I was happy with. I was on my way in to grab my computer when I noticed the plant growing in the window next to the back door. I realized that I could create an interesting image. This picture was also interesting in the fact that I visualized the final product almost exactly as it turned out.

My favorite part of this picture is its feeling and the ideas it creates. The plant seems almost human to me. The way it is plastered up against the window as a child might to watch snow fall. The plant seems somewhat lonely. Also, the fact that the house inside is lit up while everything else is dark makes it seem as though the viewer is observing the people inside. This image makes you think, and I like that. Enjoy.

Gazing

Gazing

- Graceson Aufderheide

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