After spending a week and a half at home, with Little A., today was my first day back at work. Although it wasn’t that awful it was boring as hell.
Yet I do not complain. After all I have a job, I work 4 days a week and get well paid for what I do. Work has become hard to find these days and a decent income even harder.
Having a job has become a luxury product.
Now isn’t that ironic?
Scanning is a tedious thing to do. Yet I enjoy it. Sitting at my desk and scanning 35mm film, giving each and every negative my full attention is a part of the craftsmanship that goes with analogue.
I don’t seek perfection while scanning; I seek perfection in scanning a negative so the file gives the most possibilities in post. I use Lightroom for that. Highlights, shadows, white and black point, sharpening, exposure and a little clarity or gradual density when needed is done in Lightroom. After that the image goes to Photoshop for dust removal and localised and masked levels, a touch of curves and dodging and a little burning and that’s it.
Some images feel, for one reason or another, more special. I have no idea why the affect me so much more. Maybe because what I see connects so strongly with a particular feeling or emotion? Because every part of the image falls into place?
Really, I have no idea.
Most of the time these images are the ones people seem to like less.
During our walk at Tourinnes-la-Grosse on Easter Sunday a woman riding a horse crossed our path.
For a second I hesitated and then, just in time, just before she was swallowed by the horizon, I made one image. Yeah, film does not come as cheap as a memory card for a digital camera.
Little A. was very curious to see the result. She is staying with her mother now so it won’t be for a week or so before I can show her this image.
I adore this photograph and it works well as a square or as a landscape image. The only point of critique I would have is the fact the image would have been much stronger if the horse had its four legs up in the air, like as in floating away.
A friend of mine who has an erotic blog asked me if he could use this image for a post about broadening ones (erotic) horizon.
I am very open minded so I said yes.