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Gallery Sixty Four: Transitions – connecting layer-to-layer for mood and meaning

This gallery extends the concepts I introduced in “Gallery Twenty Nine: The Layered Image – accumulating meaning.”

I suggest studying that gallery first, if you have not already done so. It will explain the layering process and give you a context for what I intend to demonstrate in this gallery.

In this gallery, I’ll show you how to use light, color, scale, tone, juxtaposition, texture, rhythm and perspective to tie your layers together, connecting them so that the image expresses the mood or meaning you desire. I call this process “transition.” Just as a transitional passage in a piece of writing can smoothly connect two topics or sections together, and just as in music, a momentary transitional modulation can help shift the piece from one key to another, so too can photographic transitions move the viewer’s eye from layer to layer within an image, helping them to build an idea in the process.

I made these examples of transitions on a visit to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. I hope to gradually add more examples of transitions to this gallery on my future travels.

I present this gallery, as usual, in "blog" style. A large thumbnail is displayed for each image, along with a caption explaining how I intended to express my ideas. If you click on the large thumbnail, you can see it in its full size, as well as leave comments and read the comments of others. I hope you will be able to participate in the dialogue. I welcome your comments, suggestions, ideas, and questions, and will be delighted to respond.