It starts with some twigs…

It starts with some twigs © Harold Davis

My kids and I gathered some twigs in “The Grove” [of coastal redwoods] in nearby Tilden Park. I used the twigs to create a light box composition, shown immediately below as an LAB inversion and single channel. I like the simple impression of the bare twigs as an image on its own.

Twigs “line drawing” © Harold Davis

Next, I added some color using LAB equalizations, Photoshop blending modes, and gradients, shown below.

Adding some color © Harold Davis

The final image at the top of this story was constructed from the twigs using rotations and reflections. It is made up of eight copies of the version shown below, which itself involves four reflections.

The first reflections © Harold Davis

So this is the story of creating a complex construction from an extremely simple starting place—a line “drawing” of twigs gathered from the ground of a redwood grove in the California autumn.

Of course, the key issue with an image like this is not really the mechanics of photography and post-production, but rather the visual and aesthetic choices one makes along the way. Just saying!

This entry was posted in Photography.

One Comment

  1. Liz November 21, 2017 at 12:12 pm #

    After viewing your FB post featuring this image, its brilliant to see in this article how you went about building up the pattern and complexity – and all from twigs! Really interesting thanks!

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