While photographing the Monterey Recreation Trail yesterday for BFS Landscape Architecture sometimes you turn around and see things like this.
“It is a peculiar part of the photographer’s adventure to know where luck is most likely to lie in the stream, to hook it, and to bring it in without unfair play and without too much subduing it.”
– James Rufus Agee
These days, it’s easy to be pulled into the flow of information. Digital devices and social streams bring it to wherever we may be, at all hours of the day or night. The flow is a raging river that sweeps us along.
As someone who strives to to create original work, I know I will do my best work only when I can spend time focused and removed from excess noise. Cave time. Yet I must also heed the lessons of the river – to gauge its features and dip into the rich eddy of information. Occasionally I may want to swim out into the main current, hoping that it doesn’t sweep me into raging rapids of confusion or over a waterfall of wasted time.
As primarily a natural light garden photographer I seldom have the chance to visit the creative fun that can be had with controlled lighting. While I often try to make time for it, other projects always push it to the back burner. But good to make time for the personal work and lighting is such a fun a detour to get lost in! We’re not talking about that hideously blown-out rabbit-in-the-headlights look from built-in flash, but exploring what makes beautiful light and how to create different effects that support your overall vision.
Above you can see some experimenting adding in some grunge [youngest son ben]. Below the fold are some before and after images to see the start and end points of the workflow.
We photographed this unique mid-century modern Eichler House remodel for architect Guy Ayers and Landscape Architects Bernard Trainor + Associates.
Designed for a young family of design junkies, the landscape experience unfolds into a journey through serene spaces, lush plantings and beautifully formed hardscape elements. Hints of color are revealed throughout and large expanses of glass, allowing for a continual sense of indoor-outdoor flow. Beginning at a completely transformed street-front garden space, the landscape layers unfold around the house, culminating in a private master bedroom oasis of peace and tranquility.