“A perfect day for a road trip.” My friend told me as we were headed out with our cameras.
It turned out that he was correct. Not only did the day, read weather, work out very well but
the subject matter was the type of old, rusted, gritty, weatherbeaten, urban artifacts that I love to work with.
A bit of contrast was all that was needed to tell the story of a hard working truck that had seen better days.
Here are a couple from the day.
Summer comes to the land with color. Shades of green and yellow liven up a landscape. A breeze moves the grasses and flowers creating a flow of movement.
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Something a bit different from the trip to the sunflower field. Every year I take a photo class out to this field to practice their creativity. A great place to work on new things like portraiture, lighting, composition, image geometry, and image styles. This is one of mine from the trip. There is another image on my Facebook page (right sidebar).
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As we slowly came over the rise I could see the light beams gently flowing between the peaks of the mountains. The haze in the air turning the evening into an even deeper warm glow. We are on the way to the cabin I mentioned in the last post but so much is happening along the way. The sunset tonight feels as though it is lasting much longer than normal. Almost as if the light is “stuck” in the perfect position for me to make great images.
Around every turn there is something new…familiar things made new and exciting by the great light. New things to see and new images to make. This old barn, some thing I have looked at thousands of times before, is now glowing from the inside. “Look, look at me…this is what I can be…this is the beauty I have inside that you have not recognized before.”
So, of course I was forced to stop and make a portrait of the barn in all her glory. After all, she did make a very special effort to make herself beautiful just for me.
Having finished a series of flowing water images, I knew just where to go to get the sunset light on the old cabin. I had seen it just glowing the evening before but could not get to the position I needed due to heavy tourist traffic. Tonight, if anything, the light is better. Camp fires have added a bit of warm smoke haze to the light and it will be perfect for the image I have in mind.
As we head for the new location, out of the corner of my eye, there is a flash of light. It takes almost a quarter of a mile for me to register what I had seen…a giant spiderweb glowing in the evening light. OK, stop, turn around and go back…looking for it…not finding it….going way past it…turning around again…and this time, slowly..slowly driving the road…there it is! Invisible from the other direction due to the light….
The sun is setting, not much time as this is in deep woods and the light is going fast. Set up the tripod, look for the right position, make the image. But, where is Mr. Spider?? To make a web this large (about 5 feet across) we are expecting a 50 kg beast….and there he is, up on a nearby branch. A red/orange creature about 5″ big. Who obviously has a large appetite and great expectations. He is watching us, thinking “dinner” but we are too big for him….perhaps, another somewhat smaller prey will happen along.
The light has gone from the web and it has all but disappeared.
We move on to the cabin where as expected the light is now just right.
The lesson is not to become so fixated on the “next place” that you miss the wonderful things that are right in front of you. I have learned to drive slower, to see better, to stop and go back for things rather than lettings them pass by, and to really look at what is available for me. A good lesson for all of us.
A spring field trip for the photo classes yielded this image. As I tell them: “If there is no color, do it in black & white”. We are now almost 1/2 way through this term…. where did the time go? Is it just me or does it seem like everything moves faster these days?
Yesterday’s road trip to Hocking Hills found a few new things.
It seems that every time I go down there it is new again.
Watching things change is after all part of the fun. This folk art scene was found on one of the many back roads.