Are your images a reflection of your state of mind?

A recent conversation with a fellow photographer made me think about this. He was talking about another artists he knows and how his images had stark contrast while he was going through personal turmoil. And then one day all the new work was airy and brighter. Which made him guess that his friend has found love again.

Not sure of such a distinct relationship between the art and the artist however it is possible. Here is an image from bolehill in peak district. Version 1 is right after few days of making this image whereas version 2 a recent one. I was intentionally started listening to a certain kind of music while processing images. What do you think?

Click to view large. Version 1 processed in November 2016

Click to view large. Version 1 processed in November 2017.

Magic Falls and Tilt-Shift Magic

Canon EOS 6D, 45mm TS-E

Canon EOS 6D, 45mm TS-E

I often miss the fun of ground glass view and movements of a large format camera. Unfortunately it has become quite expensive to develop the sheet film in UK. However I've always loved the DOF one can achieve using tilt function.

Fortunately Canon offers one of the best TS-E lenses on the planet today. Although I have not owned their new, much better, and expensive version ii line, I did own 24mm and 45mm TS-E while using canon digital camera. This image was made using EOS 6D with 45mm TS-E. Both tilt and shift were employed to create this square image which I found much pleasing than typical slender vertical the camera affords. It is a fantastic experience to tuck under a dark cloth, look at the vertically flipped view on the LCD, and play with the tilt to get the right DOF and refine the composition. Meditating. I've now replaced this combination with much lighter and equally good Sony A7 + Canon FD 35mm TS.