Dusk, Kalk Bay – the follow-on

Interviewer: Last time we spoke, you ducked out of answering questions about this image. Perhaps this time you’d oblige? (Click on images to enlarge)

Me: Ok. Ambient light.

Interviewer: Ambient light?

Me: Yup. I don’t have a controlled light environment where I work, so the ambient light has a big effect on how I perceive the image. I do calibrate my monitor, using Colormunki Display– this is essential if you are to accurately manage your tones and colours. But the ambient light affects how bright or dull the image on the screen appears, and in my haste to get out the door for the long weekend, when we spoke last, I failed to see that the image was too dark. I had worked on it as the daylight in my room was fading, and so it appeared brighter than it was. I’ve brightened it a bit here, but not too much, as I wanted to retain that moody, monochromatic appearance.

Interviewer: And the images below?

Me: Well, here’s the thing, right? While I think that the black-and-white image works in one way – and I have to say I quite like it – what it does (obviously) is lose the magical colouring of dusk. The images below try to capture something of this. It’s the same scene, but quite a different mood, effect, interpretation.

Interviewer: Which do you prefer?

Me: Either. Both. It depends what you’re looking for, what you’re trying to create. How you want your viewer to see the scene, and feel about it.