International Flower & Garden Festival
My original post and image of this truck I found at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival has never really sat right with me. It didn’t speak to me nor did it make me feel the way I did when I captured the image. I have been reading quite a few books about photography lately but none of them have been technical books. They have been about creativity and expression.
A few of those books are:
Creative Visualization for Photographers – Rick Sammon
Learning to See Creatively – Bryan Peterson
The Creative Fight – Chris Orwig
and a few eBooks:
Chasing the Look – David duChemin
The Evocative Image – Andrew S. Gibson
These books have fueled a change in my approach to photography. Not only am I trying to capture a beautiful or interesting image, I’m trying to capture and process an image that conveys more of a feeling.
This is what has bothered me about my original Florida Fresh image. It was a very colorful image of a scene I found in Epcot. But for me it lacked a connection to that day when I clicked the shutter. On that day I was feeling deflated. Disney was losing some of its luster. It was crowded, I felt I was being nickle and dimed to death and I was not being successful in what I wanted to achieve photographically.
When I found this truck I was both excited and frustrated. I waited patiently for my turn to grab a picture but there was a lack of etiquette among the guests. When I am at Disney I always wait my turn and make every attempt not to interfere with someone else’s enjoyment of the parks. I was not getting back what I always tried to give…
I eventually gave up and sat down on a bench away from the truck. It was then another idea for this image came to mind. I switched to my 60mm macro lens (I brought very few lenses that day) and waited for that brief moment when my long view would be clear. I was able to grab one image before the guests returned to the area. Success!
I felt like a hunter who stalked and captured his prey from the safety of distance. I grabbed an image in a very narrow window of opportunity. I also felt like this compressed view of the truck is more how I would find it in an orange grove back in the 30’s. My original processing didn’t bring any of this out.
Below is my second attempt to present Florida Fresh…