Landscape,  Monochrome,  Sylt

Departure from realism II

The basic question of the creative photographer is, wether the representation of a photograph is literal or a departure from reality as projected in his „mind’s eye“. An expressive image is photographer’s goal. When the interaction of the different factors of exposure, aperture and camera characteristics is well understood, creative freedom knows no limits. Positively speaking: the sky is the limit.

The scenario of an almost threatening thunderstorm cloud, which, however, is still in a protective distance, is sometimes surprising on the beach. The tetrapods on my image will protect the island from flooding, but not us from rain. 

A colored picture blurs this impression completely. Black and white rendering clearly shows the energy inherent in a thundercloud. We came across this cloud at Hörnum and it accompanied us all along the beach.

Thunderclouds near Hörnum © Julian Köpke

Just a short time before, I managed to capture the impression of a constantly beautiful weather with a cool wind and gentle waves. A strong sun pushes away all dark thoughts. On the horizon, the clouds are raining a bit.

Tetrapods at Hörnum © Julian Köpke

Many times we are waiting. We like to draw strength from contemplation. Time is passing by imperceptibly, almost a little too fast.

Clouds near List © Julian Köpke

With color photos expressive images can also be created. The true brightness values of a color image like to deceive our eyes. Quantitative estimation with the help of Lab color display is great help in the accurate determination of brightness values. To make an image look like I had it in my „mind’s eye“.

Thunderclouds above pastureland at Ellbogen, Sylt © Julian Köpke

I like to make things visible the naked eye isn't able to see. That's part of my profession as a radiologist, too.

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