Portals Exhibition: Endless patterns

Night photography allows me to make some unusual images.  I lit the forest path below Dassie Krantz with three lights and, by chance, there appeared a blue phosphorescent effect on the thorn tree.  Mirroring then gave me this lovely blue portal.

Further along the path you have to bend double to get through a really dense tangle of creepers.  It took me an hour of experimenting to get this picture.  Placing the lights was very tricky and I did a lot of crawling under the creepers!

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Tangle of creepers

I did the usual mirroring to get a richly textured, dramatic image but then I realized that duplicating and offsetting it would give an endless weaving pattern.  I was surprised and very pleased with the result.

 

Portals Exhibition: Fusion of Night Images

Images taken at low light have always been one of my passions but lately I have been able to take much better images at night.  A new camera and lens have helped!  So I’ve been taking milky way pictures and star trails – quite a few have been posted in Instagram using my @roddythefox account. A few nights ago I was taking some star pictures in the garden below our house and I swung the camera down and round to  capture the vegetation.  Here’s the picture I got – I was blown over by the glossy aspect of the leaves, the jungly shapes, the amazing violet-pink sky and the interesting composition.

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I saw straight away there were lots of possibilities in the shapes to make some special images.  So I enhanced the picture’s contrast, cropped out most of the right hand side and then mirrored it horizontally and vertically to get this dramatic image.

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I’m pretty sure I will be using it for Portals.  It’s such a great fusion of night imagery with mirroring to find a stunning pattern.  I could see, though, that there’s the possibility of another great pattern using the almost vertical leaves on the left hand side of the original.  This time I’ve duplicated it many times to arrive at a fantasy wallpaper/wrapping paper design.

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