SIMPLICITY IN IMAGERY AT THE MEIJER JAPANESE GARDENS - December 16, 2018
There is something to be said for purposely photographing a scene that you know will be simple. In this case, it was capturing fog at the Japanese gardens within Frederick Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, MI. Japanese art already revolves around simplicity and the beauty in it, so it seemed doubly appropriate to capture these gardens within its foggy conditions. Bryan Levy of Bryan Levy Photography accompanied me to the gardens and was just as excited to be shooting this landscape in all its foggy glory.
I've never processed a waterfall image in black and white, but I like how it turned out. I like how the movement of the water and ice stands out against the dark rocks.
Any of you who are familiar with my work, you will know it typically consists of a lot of color and textures. And not a lot of nature, either! But, that is what I love about photography. It allows me to take a vacation from what I typically capture and stretch my creative legs in another genre. The images of the garden below are in black and white to highlight the fog, and make the dark trees and details within the scene pop.
This image of the pathway through the garden I used selective color for this scene.
But the detail shots of the foliage I decided to keep in color, since they were in stark contrast to the foggy, wintry landscape. I also added texture layers to some of them to give them a bit more of a texture and painterly feel.
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