Talking of bluebells (the subject of last week's post) by coincidence I just discovered I have made a recent sale for one of my other bluebell images through one of my representatives.
I realised that this image has probably generated more interest than any other image of mine. It hasn't sold as well (nor brought in anywhere near as much income) as others but it has generated interest. Unfortunately much of that interest was from people unwilling to pay, but that's another story.
I have a few bluebell images that I think are better, but it is this one that people seem to notice. So what is it about this picture that works?
I like the winding path through the trees, but although it was a fairly straightforward picture to make, there was one small complication that might have led to the picture having that little extra quality that has generated the interest.
Although I prefer to photograph woodlands when there is cloud cover to avoid harsh contrasts, the sun had emerged from the cloud cover by the time I was in position and it wasn't in any hurry to go away. Sun was forecast for the rest of the week so today was my only chance of the light I wanted, but it appeared I had missed it. The high contrast was giving me a problem which I pondered for a while until I remembered I had a soft focus filter in my bag. I don't normally use this filter (in fact I am sure it's the only time I have ever used it) but I wondered if it might help reduce the bright highlights that were causing me so trouble.
Sure enough when I compared the filtered and straight images later on, the unfiltered image has ugly contrast that spoils the image. The filtered image is... well soft, and the softening of the highlights, particularly on the leaves of the beech trees, has created a pleasant dreamy glow. Maybe it is the soft focus filter that draws people?
If only I knew the secret, but perhaps I might dig out that filter and see what effect it has on other woodland images.