Sunday morning I had the pleasure of meeting 2 new potential photo ramble companions in Kennsington, at the Coffee and Cameras meetup sponsored by The Camera Store. There were at least 30 in the initial cafe. 3 of us ended up walking together in and around 10th street. Here are the verticals worth sharing. That is the the organizer’s purse in the last shot.
You will be pleased to read that today marks the end of the tumble weed collection. I like these last 4 but they are not like the the others, and so they get a page of their own. If you would like to see the series assembled, it can be found on the Love This Land page. The others can also be found on the Love This Land page.
This photo completes the Winter Dawn Blue series of 13. Stay tuned for more tumbleweeds that I like but don’t fit the series. ps This was supposed to be Tuesday’s (March 9) post but for reasons known only to half of me I didn’t publish it (dfu).
Some people may think verges have no feelings. That’s just crazy talk. Of course verges have feelings. So, in fairness to both sides of the road I returned to the site of the Dawn Blues in the evenings as well. Now neither side of the road can complain that I was not paying attention.
I’m not done with tumbleweeds but you may want a break. Today was driving day, and because it was just me, I ended up going down a couple of rabbit holes.
Rabbit hole 1: I am someone who takes photographs and I guess that makes me a photographer of some sort. On the other hand, like so many other things in living, I’m really just making things up as I bumble along. Part of the bumbling seems to involve doing a bit of due diligence along the way. So today I was preparing for an upcoming outdoor shoot with a model. The destination had been decided upon, but I wanted to check out specific locations in more detail. That binder I mentioned the other day now has more reference shots.
Rabbit hole 2: When I photography a model, am I photographing the person, or the part the actress is playing. This is probably not a yes no question?
Observation: I seem to max out after about 5 hours. Regardless of how much I enjoy my drives there comes a point somewhere near the 5 hour mark where I cannot really take note of potential locations, vistas, or anything else. At that point I just become a prisoner of the white lines on the highway (thank you Joni – I’ve always loved that line). Well before I became a prisoner, I spotted today’s photo. The lack of saturation came from post-processing .
Thanks to the guidance and editing prowess of friends, a newly revised CV and Artist’s Statement now exists. On my 5 step plan to getting some sort of a show together, step 2 is now complete. The 5 steps are: 1 – (Done) – Rework my website 2 – (Done) – Put some words to what I’m doing 3 – (In Progress) – Establish presentation options 4 – (Started) – Create Marketing Plan 5- Execute Marketing Plan
Thank you one and all from an ever so appreciative Sean
It has taken me a while to edit this new series, as I had to first make the time, and figure out my selection criteria. In early March I discovered a new blue, which I will call winter dawn blue. For any number of years my favourite blue has been the blue of a clear day in Fall. This newly appreciated winter tone occurs just after the sun has risen, after the warmth has left the dawn, and before the haze of the day takes hold. The blue in the photos below is how I remember it.
The location of these photos presents a small lesson in perspective. Behind me semi-trucks roar past on 4 lanes of tarmac, and if I stand-up I can see the massive Amazon warehouse in the background. The framing of these photos is driven by the position of the fence posts, which I did not want in the image. Each image is roughly the span between 2 posts.
From a display perspective, picture if you will a single row of these photos (there are more to come) along a long wall. Each image is roughly 15” wide with a white boarder of say 2” in a flat white frame.
As I was leaving for last night’s drive, April asked me if anyone ever talked to me, while I was out and about.
At 14th street and 11th SW (no.11),
there were a couple of people who were curious from a far. They said nothing and never left the
sidewalk. This photo was a return to a
site that Keith and I had first visited last year. Speaking of Keith, I should give credit where
credit is due and thank him for planting the mural project seed.
At 3rd Ave. and 1st St. SW (no. 12),
an older Chinese man, who looked as if he could have been drunk teetered along
the sidewalk behind me and to my left.
Just before he vanished out of my view, I saw him stop double back a
step, look longer at me, and then decide against asking me a question. He too did not leave the sidewalk.
At 9th Ave. and 12th St. SE (no. 13),
a young man who looked as if he might live in the gray zone, crossed the
parking lot to speak with me. He said he
was interested in a specialized night photography camera. I showed him the photo I had just captured on
my tripod mounted camera, and told him that my camera was some old thing. I think he was looking for some sort of night
vision camera a la pick a name of any war / thriller movie. We exchanged “enjoy your nights” and he
vanished back into the gray.
On 9th Ave near the Hose and Hound I was trying
for a capture of a building wrapped in white.
A passenger in a shiny pick-up truck opened his window and gave me the
finger. Even though I was stationary, and
he was speeding, obviously, my presence merited a response. How I was a threat or disturbing his space I
will never know.
So, I began the evening with 3 new photos in mind for The Mural Project. Objective met. Oh, and I found another mural, for which in the interests of safety, I may need a wing person.
Well, besides the thrill and entertainment of going on reconnaissance, the other purpose is to find places to return to. SE of Gleichen there is a wonderful tree. When I found it around 5 days ago, the light was poor. This morning I woke while the stars were still out and went for a drive. I got my new favourite tree in this morning’s early light. There were 2 minutes when the sun was just cresting the hill behind me and giving a warm glow. By the time I had clicked the shutter a dozen times, danced the jig of the morning photographer, sol was veiled in a morning band of cloud. The photo is better than the one from earlier this week but I think there is still a better capture possible. I am always amazed at how the right light can be so fleeting.
I have seen this hotel before, from the main road, and thought it make a worthy night shot. Today I stopped. This morning’s hazy pale light I think suits the scene. The third photo is a new contribution to “The Thin Line” series from this morning.
Another day and more green highlighter on the paper map. All and all a good morning.