Stories Behind My Photos
In this serie of blog posts I will write about the photos from my portfolio. About the choices that I had to make, why I even made that photo, but also why I edited the photo in a certain way. By writing about this I hope to learn more about my own photos, so I can improve myself even further. And I hope that you can learn something too!
Growing Trees – 2017
This building has been vacant for several years. When I walked past it on a sunny day I looked at all the ivy that was growing on the side of the building. So I looked up to search for more plants when I came across these 2 trees. I love it when nature shows up in these kind of urban environments. It really shows how persistent nature is. Which is exactly what I tried to capture in this photo. I chose Growing Trees as the title because it describes the photo perfectly without revealing too much.
For this photo I focused on the 2 trees instead of the whole building. The building is very tall so if I photographed it entirely the trees wouldn’t stand out. You wouldn’t even notice them anymore. But to still give it the appearance of a tall building I didn’t correct the skewed perspective from photographing it below.
I made this photo from the other side of the street with a vintage lens, the Minolta MD ZOOM 35-70mm 1:3.5 MACRO at 70mm focal length, attached to my Sony a6000. I really like to shoot with vintage lenses, they have a certain imperfection and color which I like.
For this photo I increased the microcontrast, this gives the concrete a nice texture and also makes the leaves of the trees stand out more. I made the highlights slightly brighter and the shadows a bit darker. This give the photo nice contrast.
This photo is part of the Urban Scenery album