I think I am slowly nearing the end of collecting my first series of black and white botanicals. Not that there won’t be a second series! There might also be other categories sych as cacti, leaves etc.. Yes, I have a bunch of those as well.
But at some point one needs to try to assemble a cohesive group into a series that stands alone. As I think about what ‘holds together’ the following comes to mind:
1) Subject – While one could have flower macros as well as flower groupings, I think the idea for one project is flowers. By that I mean that if it is flowers it shouldn’e be interesting leaf macros. The leaves will be another series.
2) Toning – I believe there needs to be a coherance between the sepia toning among the group. Interestingly, If I apply the same toning settings in Silver Efex Pro, that doesn’t necessarily give me results among the series of photos that seem to hold together. I suspect this is related to the fact that there I like a difference in toning strength between highlights and shadows. I tend to like purer white highlights that don’t look ‘muddy’ and so I apply less toning to the highlights. But holding a higher key image next to a lower key image makes it appear as if there is discrepancy in the toning. This is something I suspect I am just going to need to adjust by eye, as opposed to having a one size fits all recipe.
3) Editing – Obviously one wants to only show their best work, but, even with a number of photos that might be appropriate, you still need to cull the number down (or up) depending on the presentaton. The ‘proper’ number for a show (which itself will be somewhat reliant on the amount of wallspace and image size) will be different from the number that might be optimal for a folio or a pdf or an ebook. Along the same lines, the image size will also depend on the presentation venue.
I suspect this will still take a couple of months, but I am starting to feel that it is time to start thinking about putting things together into a stand alone project.
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