Selection of March 2024: Three Souls by David Frutos Egea

Three Souls by David Frutos Egea

This photo is a product of discovery, of visiting again and again a vast and visually rich location in search of the right conditions to obtain it. 
The best time of the year to visit the location is in autumn and winter, when it is cold. But that is not enough, far from it. The southeast of Spain, where I live, is characterised by its scarcity of rainfall, it is more like a desert than any other type of habitat. It is necessary to have a lot of rain for a long time for the place to fill with water, without which the chances of fog forming there are reduced to almost zero.

The main difficulty was to wait until the density of the fog was reduced enough to be able to see the elements present in the scene. By the time we reached the scene, we could see almost nothing more than 15 to 20 meters away. I had to wait more than an hour and a half to be able to shoot this frame, and others that I found motivating. A similar scene, but with more elements within the frame.

If I have one regret, it is that I don't have more time when the time is right to enjoy photography in this place. 

Regarding the post-processing of the image, there is no secret that cannot be revealed or told. It is very simple. It was enough to convert the image to greyscale, although the scene itself was already poor in colour nuances from the beginning. Then I slightly increased the contrast, subtly adjusted the white point, and finished with a slight "S" curve for fine contrast. All was generally done in Lightroom. The scene was so magical already in camera, that it didn't need any extra push to make it shine.

Finally, I would just like to add that the image is part of a project that I have been working on for years. I have decided to call it "Water; life and death". In it, I try to pay a small tribute to those plants that have the misfortune to germinate very close to flood zones. When the water level rises and remains high for some time, the plants end up dying. Water, a necessary source of life, sometimes becomes a death sentence.

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