Bethesda Plaza Painted Redeux

Posted on Apr 27, 2012 in The Photography

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I just purchased 8 color prints from Beckerman and this one is the most amazing. It has the quality of a landscape painting in the classical style of Nicolas Poussin. It is breath-taking in its contrasts of blue fountains and green flora beneath a pastel orange sky. It’s hard to believe that this is a photograph. It looks like the vivid dreamscape of a master colorist.

I purchased a 24″ by 16″, hoping that this photo would stand up to enlargement, and it surpassed all my expectations. The clarity, crispness, and brilliance of color make this one of the most beautiful phtographs I have ever seen.

– Comment by Lester

It used to be: You are so inspiring.  Since I went to color, besides the oohs and ahs, the most common phrase is: Is that real?  In a hundred different languages.  Does this place exist?  If it does what does it really look like.  Of course nobody looks at Van Gogh’s Starry Night and asks if it’s real…. The feeling is real… The ideas are real… But the painting is an interpretation.  My color photographs, esp. where you see that I’ve painted the heck out of it are just the same.  You can’t depend on anything being “real.”  Just keep that phrase in your head… let me take you down cause I’m going to… Strawberry Fields… nothing is real… and nothing to get hung about (at least that’s how I remember the phrase).

I have the freedom given to me by modern technology to do pretty much whatever I want to in terms of things in the image, and all the other tricks that are out there.  Sometimes they’re HDR (this isn’t) and sometimes they are very simply a sort of paint by the numbers where no one has given me the numbers.

BTW – not shot with an infrared modified camera.  This was done the really old fashioned way.  I put the Canon 40D on a tripod, and held an infrared filter over the lens.  Simple as that.  Of course that’s why the shutter speed is slow and you see the bushes in foreground moving, and people’s ghosts if they’re walking.  But it can be done.

1 Comment

  1. Lester
    May 16, 2012

    I just purchased 8 color prints from Beckerman and this one is the most amazing. It has the quality of a landscape painting in the classical style of Nicolas Poussin. It is breath-taking in its contrasts of blue fountains and green flora beneath a pastel orange sky. It’s hard to believe that this is a photograph. It looks like the vivid dreamscape of a master colorist.

    I purchased a 24″ by 16″, hoping that this photo would stand up to enlargement, and it surpassed all my expectations. The clarity, crispness, and brilliance of color make this one of the most phtographs I have ever seen.

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