I recently took a drive up the Bruce Peninsula. At the end of a very long one-lane gravel road is a beautiful old lighthouse. Decommissioned many years ago it is now preserved as a museum. It was built as a house for the light-keeper, with the light tower added to the top of the little white house. Not having a boat, I was having difficulty getting a good photo of the building. So I decided to present it a different way – as a series of photos of the windows, looking through from the inside.
This too is a continuation of a series I started almost accidentally while experimenting with control of light in my photos. I now have six photos in this series, so I thought it was time to add an album of this title to my portfolio. For those of you that are not familiar with southern Ontario, the Bruce Trail runs for several hundred kilometers from Niagara Falls north to Tobermory, following the ridge of the Niagara Escarpment. It features forests that range from Carolinian to coniferous to cedar, wonderfully eroded dolomite cap rock formations and literally hundreds of waterfalls. The scenes I show in my series are from Belfountain, Owen Sound and Eugenia Falls.
I followed pretty much the same process with all of these photos: Start with a properly exposed daytime photo, bump up the contrast and the saturation, add a layer that is darkened, blurred and desaturated a bit, then use a soft brush on the mask for this darker layer to “paint” back in some of the brighter under-layer.