Kokoro - Wandering Through a Photographic Life

Backstage Kokoro

A "behind-the-scenes" look at selected images in my Kokoro project —
Content, photographic notes, EXIF data, creative process, miscellaneous commentary, and original digital captures. And now with additional audio comments about selected images!

From Kokoro #058 - Thankful

Just like all of us, some trees have an easier time of it than others. This spectacularly Japanese-looking specimen was growing right out of the rock, overhanging a 40-foot cliff. I really wished I was some 9th century Tang dynasty painter or poet — this tree could have been a perfect model for a water color painting or a "lonely hermit" poem.

Instead, I am a 21st century photographer with a tack sharp lens that captures everything — even those things I wish weren't there. See the original digital capture link below. The canyon wall on the far side of the draw was in view and I simply could not stand in mid-air where I needed to in order to eliminate it from view. The umpteen-millionth time I wished for that most useful of all photography accessories — a 200-foot ladder. With stabilizers and battery operated elevator, of course. Instead, Photoshop to the rescue! I was able to digitally remove the far canyon wall, thereby enhancing the sense of the tree hanging in mid-air — which it was. Sometimes digital manipulations and post-processing don't change reality, but instead change where it looks like you were standing.

Original digital capture (downsized for the web)

1/320 sec at f / 9.0, ISO 160, Panasonic DMC-G6, LUMIX G VARIO 7-14/F4.0, 7 mm

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