I’ll admit right up front that when I saw that “Cover Art” was the theme for this week’s photo challenge, I had no idea what I was going to do. Then I thought about what I have been shooting lately. A quick look through my files, and you would see that nature images is what I have been focusing on. Then I was looking at this image that I processed a week or so ago:
And there is my cover art for an article on the plight of bees. I was thinking in terms of a series of images. The one above looks nice and cheery and the truth is that beehives aren’t thriving lately. I wanted to make the image that conveys that peril. The above image was shot in a local cemetery and I had used an f-stop of 3.5 to blur out the background. I also tweaked the exposure a bit and sharpened it in Photoshop.
My first thought was to convert it to a infrared image, I thought that would create a surreal, something is a bit off kind of feel. I did that by creating a black and white layer in Photoshop and then using the infrared setting. I didn’t like the outcome, but I did like the black and white version, which was the first step in creating this image:
While I liked the tone of the image, I felt that it was too sharp and that blurring would help create a sense of the bees disappearing. So this image has a field blur filter applied to it.
I liked it, but was curious to see what a similar filter setting would look like in color. So, I created another version:
Now I’m not sure which version I like best. Which version most suggests to you that something has gone wrong for the bee population? Feel free to let me know in the comments section!