Dear Reader (2019-04-30),
There are 3 images from today that are from all over the map, but they do all come from Friday’s drive. The first image was originally shown, slightly edited, as 6 tiles on Instragram (@artspud80).
Dear Reader (2019-04-29)
In Saturday’s post I mentioned I had been on a country drive. The town of Swalwell has no services. It does though have a recently renovated community centre, a Railway Avenue, and a number of residents living a prairie life. As I was photographing the memories below, I heard footsteps behind me. A young woman and her pre-school daughter were enjoying an amble along quiet streets. I moved the tripod to the next panel. A short time later, a young man left his house in an expensive red truck. The cows at the feed lot continued to moo. Another panel captured. I turned my head again, when I heard wheels on gravel. The UPS truck had stopped at the intersection of Main Street and Alberta Avenue. I left Swalwell on Wacker Avenue, the third of 3 town avenues. The family name was familiar, as it was a common one at the cemetery just outside of town.
Dear Reader (2019-04-28),
I know the golden rule of social media is to only show completed work. But hey, it’s my website, my rules. Today I have 4 versions of the same image for you. The photo was captured on Friday’s 2 hour tour. In process order, the images are as follows:
1 – This is the original raw image out of Lightroom with absolutely nothing done to it – not even a colour profile was applied. The light was flat, and the image was captured using a tripod from the side of the road. As per normal for my Nikon D7100, the focus is good, the colours are a little pale, and everything looks soft.
2 – The photo has been cropped, a colour profile has been applied, and various adjustments have been made. It’s now not a bad image at all, and it gets 4 stars on the spd scale.
3 – You know what? This is a perfect image for a black and white treatment. I did what I could within Lightroom. Like my other B&W digital photos processed in Lightroom, the tonal range is there but the whites aren’t quite right, and the texture isn’t quite there. The image remains a 4.
4 – A week ago or so friends we hadn’t seen for a long time came by for food and drink. The meal and conversation were lovely. R has taken to photography, and he some stunning images. We started to babble, and he talked about a world previously unknown to me. There are Lightroom plugins. One collection of plugins is called the “Nik Collection” from DXO, and one of the 7 plugins from that collection is “Silver Efex Pro 2”. Thank you R. OMFG!
What do you think?
On Thursday I visited the same site a third or may be it was a fourth time. The result is the first of today’s photo. One of the surprising things about having a particular image structure in mind is that those structures are harder to find and capture than I would have initially thought. After all how hard is it to find a relatively common set of elements properly lit? Guess what? It’s not that easy, and more often than not more than one visit is required. It’s a good thing I enjoy the process. Speaking of which, yesterday I spent a couple of hours out driving on a new set of roads between here (yyc) and Drumheller. Actually, when I left the house around 10:00, April said I’ll see you around 5:00. She was right, I arrived home shortly before 5:00.
Thin Line 022
Thin Line 024
Thin Line 023 – Out looking for 022 above
The remaining photos in today’s collection are ones I like but do not make criteria for the Thin Line Series , which has bee updated accordingly, along with the Love This Land page.
I will share more in the coming days or so.
There may not be many of you, but I know you are all clever. The companion post is here. As per that post, these photos are only connected via time and place, or at least those are the only connections I am going to confess to.
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.
The photos are only connected by time and place.
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.
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 .