Abstract Reflecting Pool Surface At Hopeland Gardens In Aiken, SC

Time Warp


Abstract reflecting pool surface at Hopeland Gardens in Aiken, South Carolina
Time Warp

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I’ve written about the large reflecting pool in Hopeland Gardens in previous posts.  On this particular morning, the crepe myrtle was in bloom alongside the smaller reflecting pool.  The colorful reflections from leaves on the nearby trees, the sky, and the crape myrtle blossoms on the dancing water caught my attention as I was searching for subjects.  As I normally only carry a single lens with me (unless I’ve made plans to be in an environment where not having additional glass could cost me an opportunity), the macro rig was mounted on my camera.  The long lens, light loss, motion, and time of day meant that some adjustments were needed (e.g., ISO and F-stop) so that enough light could be gathered to create an aesthetically pleasing composition while simultaneously slowing down the movement.  I loved how not completely freezing the waves caused blending and mixing of the colors in my Time Warp piece and endowed it with an increased abstract feel.  To enhance that effect and to get as much color as I could onto the sensor, I purposefully framed the scene on a diagonal.  The randomly scattered bright spots are bubbles on the surface of the water.



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Author: Steven Dillon

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