Friends, most importantly, I wish to express to you how much your comments have meant to me. I have not been able to answer them, due to spending so much time editing the images I took at Niagara Falls. But this I must tell you. Your words have spurred me on, have pulled me out of despair, and given me renewed effort to continue with the editing of the images you are about to see. Yes, I do fall into despair myself, when the odds at times are so stacked against me, I just want to quit.
Why have I experienced despair? The entire middle portion of the shoot, each and every image, would have been declared by many a photographer as scrape. I don’t know what happened, but all I do know when I moved my tripod to another area, and took these images, all the shots, showed horrible red noise and movement. This post represents those very images that showed, in the originals, this red noise and movement.
I have worked with my tripod a LONG time, and I know how to get good shots from it, waiting for camera sway to cease. So I questioned why was I seeing this red noise, this red pigment, and all this movement visible on all these images? The answers I came up with are only speculation, but they make sense to me.
Knowing how sensitive my tripod is to vibration, I never took it into consideration the enormous amount of water thundering down waterfalls, which in turn creates vibration to the ground and everything on that ground. Hence, movement. Even in shots I took that were not of the Falls itself, those shots did not come out crystal clear. Now I know why. Vibrations never ceased due to the TONS of water falling every moment, so subtle that we humans if not aware of it, would not notice, but a tripod would, especially one that was not a good one as mine was.
As for the red noise this is what I concluded. Due to all the mist and all the massive amounts of moisture in the air, the air itself held glimmering reflections of the pigments found in the water and rocks. Or, another theory of mine is, that from the mist itself, there is an actual red pigment in the air which the camera picks up. Yes, you heard me correctly. My camera’s eye is so sensitive, that what was not seen by the human eye, was seen by my camera’s eye. This red pigment noise was especially noticeable in the mist portions of my photographs as well as the very white expanses of snow and ice.
*Keep in mind, most of my images were shot with long shutter speeds. Apply that knowledge to my speculations.*
When I saw the disaster I had in my editor room, I just about gave up. No, I really mean it. This photo shoot was a lot of planning and a lot of work, and when actually there, very stressful for me. I really felt out of my comfort zone, and OH how I wanted everything to be perfect for you. When I saw the mess, I fell into despair. Then,
I read your comments, and when I did, tears came to my eyes out of sheer gratitude. My friends, YOU are the reason why I did not quit, and YOU are the reason why I pushed myself for hours in the editing room to create magic from “mistakes”. I just could not bring myself to delete these absolutely stunning images, so I chose to discover what to do while editing to recreate a potential disaster into a huge victory. A renewed Flame of Determination arose within me, and YOU are the Source of this Flame!
Photographers, please keep in mind what I just said. What I am about to prove to you right here in this post, is, that it is possible to take an image that is esteemed garbage and turn it into a wonder. With YOUR encouragement and Heart touching comments, I combined our energies to create MAGIC. This post represents a Labor of Love of approximately 10 hours.
Comments will be left open on this post, yet I will probably not be answering them. I have two more posts coming which when posted will then complete the entire Niagara Falls Series. I have more images to edit, which are very time consuming, and in order to bring you the very best of what I can pull out of me, I must focus on editing them. Your comments will be read and believe me, they will be my incentive to keep going. This photo series has been THE most challenging one I have done thus far in my photography career.
Thank you from the bottom of my Heart for viewing my work. I am deeply grateful to each one of you who took the time to leave tremendous and powerful comments for me to read. I am touched beyond words!
Without any further to-do, I present to you, “Mistakes To Magical Mystical”
Photography/ “Mistakes To Magical Mystical” 2015©AmyRose
[All photos of Horseshoe Falls]