The Dreamer's Guide to Photography - Part 1: Wetland Bridge

Not far from the Yaddo artist complex and its gardens lies a strip of protected wetlands with a hiker’s path running through it. Naturally, I had to explore it.

As I stepped across the ice and snow, I came upon a small bridge over a trickling brook. Startled ducks took to the air at the lone traveler intruding on their solitude. Layered clouds brooded overhead and somnolent trees dreamed around me like statues of dryads. Man’s only assembly seemed frail and rickety as I brought out my 8mm fisheye and began to compose, while the old Lewis-ism “You are the dreamer, I am your dream” lent peace to my mind.

The fisheye, when put even with the horizon produced a more standard wide-angle view, while bracketed shots allowed for an increased dynamic range effect. This last was particularly important as I didn’t want the viewer to miss the cloud cover. Some cropping and filtering through Topaz BW Effects 2 added some extra emphasis to the subject. All in all, I had to do my best to synchronize the viewer’s emotions with my own through post-processing.

Exposure Data:
ISO 100, f/16
1″ – .5″ – 1/4 – 1/8 – 1/15

Written by The Twilit Lens

Freelance photographer and ponderer of the unusual. I welcome the presence of mystery and the unknown. Wonder is not absent from the universe, and there is still room for the child in those who haven't yet allowed their hearts to wither to dust.

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