I was going through my images from the trip west ranking them for processing and realized the best images are from when I was allowing myself to trust what I saw rather than trying to make an image of something I thought might be interesting. I guess this is one of the lessons of editing, a task I rather dislike but am beginning to value. I’ve certainly taken images and not known how to process them until later; I needed some additional digital darkroom skills. But I’ve come to realize that if I keep my mind open during the editing process, and take time to look at past images, patterns and concepts appear and sometimes I see something I couldn’t quite understand earlier. What continues to surprise me is that I need some time away from the actual image making in the field to be able to really edit well.
The image of the cottonwood above is from Bishop, CA when I was scouting for petroglyphs before sunset. But this tree and its pattern caught my attention and I’m glad I stopped to photograph it! Be certain to click on the image above to view it larger. This blog template does not allow very large thumbnails.