September 25, 2013 … “turn your face to the moonlight”*

There are just two images in my folder for yesterday.

I don’t apologise for that. They took more time to create tha twenty ordinary images. I also acknowledge that there is Photoshoppery at work here, and I most definitely do  NOT  than the traditional “straight out of the camera” shots. Photography means painting with light. Nothing more, nothing less. Where I assemble the sources of light from is entirely at my discretion. So there! (End of rant).

Both images were made in pursuit of the “once upon a time” theme in my camera club.  The requirement was for an image staged so as to illustrate a well known story.

"Memory" from "Cats"

I am pleased with the fence

I had the cat ornament which was used in the “Owl and the Pussycat” yesterday, so this image illustrates the song “Memory”  from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats” or, if you prefer, T.S. Elliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” on which the later musical was based.  A fence was constructed with the aid of some strips of balsa wood and some super glue. I “borrowed” a “Cats” poster from the Internet and reduced it in size to be posters on the fence. I shot the cat in a darkened room on the fence against a black background. I used an iPad app as a light source,  choosing 4000 degrees K as the nearest approximation to the colour temperature of moonlight.  I then superimposed a shot of a moonrise I had taken across the valley earlier in the year.

High altitude beanstalk

Keep climbing, Jack

Jack and the Beanstalk was the next image. Yes, that is a genuine live bean plant. The figures were from a competition last year. If you were reading back then, they were standing in or beside a dish of treacle. The background was shot from a flight we took last year from San Francisco to Denver. It took forever to mask the upper image to see through the gaps in the foliage. The little guys were not very good at staying where I put them either.

Now we are in another seasonal storm so who knows what, if anything I will get for tomorrow.

* from “Memory” by Andrew Lloyd Webber


About wysiwygpurple

I am a family man, a passionate amateur photographer and a retired academic . What's the purpose of this blog? Well in the first instance it provides me with a platform from which to resume writing, an activity I greatly enjoy. What will the blog be about? Anything that takes my fancy but it is likely to arise from things I see and experience, in my family, in my travels, or anything else I feel like. Each daily post will contain one or more images made the previous day. Sometimes the image will illustrate the points made in the prose, and sometimes the prose will attempt to interpret the image. What kind of images will they be? Always safe for work and family. Usually they will be representational, and sometimes they will be impressionistic or experimental.
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7 Responses to September 25, 2013 … “turn your face to the moonlight”*

  1. As I said last night I really like the first image.

  2. Ellen says:

    The cat, the moon and the fence.
    Clever and beautiful and stylish.

  3. John Titchener says:

    … or, “When the moon is a ghostly galleon, toss’d upon cloudy seas…”

  4. nzvideos says:

    I am more than impressed with both of them. Although I have many years of photo experience, I would not be able to do either of these. I also especially enjoy the cat and moon one. Thank you.

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