December 12: Sometimes I just shoot interesting shapes when the pond freezes. The results are unpredictable because my flash illuminates cracks and bounces the light in various ways. Above, you can see the inch-wide fracture in the ice swoop across the image. I didn’t see that before the shot was taken. I play with how I can best bring out the textures and composition through creative cropping when I review these photographs on my large monitor.
I imagine these as textural “paintings” instead of photographs because they can become the basis of other art where I can tug at the colors and patterns. The colors are grungy when photographed, but they can be changed in Photoshop (left). Maybe I’ll toy with these images on cold winter nights to see how I can create art worth a second glance.