Tools of the Trade
“Dodging and burning are steps
to take care of mistakes God made
in establishing tonal relationships.”
Based on the above quote, I like to imagine that Adams would be a fan of Photoshop, if he was shooting today in the digital photography age. That he would be enthusiastic about using all available digital tools to realize his photographic vision.
In this image, I wanted you to feel the heat of early morning sunshine and experience the overwhelming golden glow of light filtering through the columns. To notice the criss-cross pattern of blinding white and deep shadow on the concrete. free of distractions. To add an ethereal, dream-like quality that represented the quietude of early morning – the time of the world’s awakening.
And so, I utilized every tool in my Photoshop toolbox to bring to life my vision for this image.
For me, that is the nature of photography – to translate the three-dimensional, sensual world into the two-dimensional, visual-only domain of the photograph. Using all the tools of the trade to show you what I saw and experienced and felt at that moment.
I like to think Adams would agree.