Welcome back once again. I am hoping that you have been with me over the past few days where I have been talking about my visit to the aquarium at Seward during my 2008 trip to Alaska. The image that we will be talking about today was shot on that visit during the 18th. It was also on the inside of the building with the subject being the very vividly lit sea life. I was captivated by the colors and the softness that I was seeing with all of the different creatures. I won’t pretend to know anything about them, but from a photographer’s standpoint, I was very interested in using them as studies.
While going through the RAW images, they all jumped out at me once again just as they had when I was there capturing them. The colors, the shapes, the textures….it all just looked otherworldly. It was a natural transition to want to do some fresh edits on these since I was much better with colors now after twelve years of practice in post processing. The image that I am about to introduce hasn’t been seen online in over ten years as I never moved these images from the AOL Hometown site that was my online gallery back in the day. They just didn’t fit with the images and collections that I had. now that I am going back through them, I really don’t care if they fit or not. I think that they deserve to be in the Alaska gallery here.
The idea behind this image was a little different than the others. I wasn’t trying to simplify anything as much as just showing the overall colors and letting the various shapes and textures overwhelm the senses. That was what it was like to look into these different tanks and I wanted to share that experience with you, the viewer. The composition might look a little haphazard here, but in reality it follows a nice little patter. Things are carefully placed in the frame to give your eyes a path to follow with elements at the corners to keep your eyes from leaving. In fact, the composition worked so well, I didn’t alter it at all. I have mentioned in these pages that vertical shots tend to look better when cropped to a 5:7 or 4:5 ratio. That wasn’t the case here as everything had its place in the frame and the frame was full.
I used Lightroom to work on local saturation levels and added some darker areas which brought out the main subjects even better. This one actually took a great deal of time to work through, but the end result isn’t much different than the RAW file, or the original edit. There is just a bit more contrast to the overall scene that gives it a bit more pop and presence. That was all that it needed from my first edit and I’m happy to have this one added to my portfolio. It is a fun little image, and one that Toni really likes as well. In fact, this one might actually end up in her meditation room of the new house because it fits the color palette that she has chosen for it.
We are nearing the end of the run for the new edits, but don’t worry, we still have a couple more to go yet. Stick around, we’ll be right back!