Positive/Negative

This is another photo of the Wilde Gutach Creek from our Germany visit in 2014. I had set it aside because I wasn’t sure what to do with it back then (I’ve adopted a way of blogging “more inclusively” in the meantime as you know).

Wilde Gutach -- Hexenloch, Simonswald, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Wilde Gutach — near Hexenloch, Simonswald, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. June 2014.

When fellow San Diego photographer Ben Horne (he’s a large format film photographer) tweeted a negative recently, stating that it looked interesting that way too, I remembered that I had played with digital “negatives” before, and posted this photo as a tongue-in-cheek reply:

Negative Creek -- Hexenloch, Simonswald, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Negative Creek — Hexenloch, Simonswald, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. June 2014.

The longer I looked at it, the more I liked it – since the original only has very few highlights, the negative obviously takes on a rather “high-key” look in the negative (everything that is dark becomes bright, and vice versa).

But I thought that it is a bit unfortunate that the water is brown and the foliage is purple, so I swapped the RGB channels around somehow, and arrived at this:

Negative Creek -- Hexenloch, Simonswald, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Swapped Creek — Hexenloch, Simonswald, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. June 2014.

I think this is quite interesting – maybe I’m up to something here… needs further experimentation though. What do you think?

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