|© Nicolas Xanthos|
Whenever I'm on social networks dedicated to iPhoneography, I am always amazed at the number of extraordinarily talented people whose work is an inspiration to me. My earliest influences were the works of landscape iPhoneographers Gianluca Ricoveri and Wayne Greer. I found their work on Flickr. I love their intuition of space, their sense of composition, their use of color and beautiful golden textures. Their work, in my view perfectly reflects the grace and melancholy that interest me. I speak here of them because their influence is so present in this photo.
I took this photo one morning almost directly facing the sun. I set the exposure on the sky because I knew I could recover the colors of the ground in the editing process. I did that with Snapseed: Drama (20%), a little HDR Scape (20%). With this I was able to recover the green and brown tones of the ground. With Superimpose, I mixed the sky of the original photo and the ground of the edited picture. Back in Snapseed, I slightly cropped the photo to balance the composition.
I was able to start what constitutes the core of almost all my photos using a particular workflow. In Snapseed, I made a version with Retrolux and in Superimpose I blended this version with the original photo. This is a process that has become a reflex in my editing because it is so important aesthetically. For me, the Retrolux effect has a special function: by desaturating and adding slightly twilight hues, it takes a bit of life from the image. In my mind, it expresses the heart of melancholy and marks the loss and disappearance of the present moment. Still working on the colors, I used VSCO Cam to get a little fade and Photocopier for a golden tint.
The textures are also a way to indicate the temporary nature of a photo. For this one, I used Mextures and Stackables. By adding some purple or golden hues, these two apps have added some density to the photo, particularly to the sky. They have also helped to increase the twilight brightness created by the Retrolux effect, showing the passing of time in the present moment.
The photo was nearly finished but the tones were a bit too golden. I mixed the version in Superimpose with 15% of the photo before the Retrolux effect to correct the colors.
The editing was complete with this final step. For me, the picture expressed the balance and the beauty of a part of the world and of a moment and its inevitable future disappearance already underway.
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