I was on the prairie predawn to work on capturing images for my Texas Savannah series. I had thought to focus on the low clouds and the sunrise, but there was an unexpected blanket of fog rolling across the prairie. At first I was only paying attention to the light and the fog, but as I stood away from the camera and looked out from the view finder I was struck by all the many spider webs that were covered in dew drops and were reflecting the predawn light like thousands of prisms on the prairie. Their shapes and the way the were hanging from the taller sturdier grasses reminded me of the Native American dream catcher.
It was hard to compose a wide shot that could show how many were visible and retain any detail in the shape and design of the webs. I took several shots with different compositions. The color contrast worked best for this image even though the dream catchers were not as obvious.
The image as is took 3rd place in the Silver level, Color category at Houston Photographic Society’s June 2013 print competition judged by Kathy Adams Clark.
I plan to rework the image further to reduce the brightness of the fog. The settings I used to enhance the spider webs make the fog too strange/unreal.