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on Apr 28, 2011 in Landscape Photography

Laws Always Rocks!

Laws Railroad Museum is just this ever growing playground for the camera! We’ve been going there for at least twenty years and the contents and light are never the same making it just a trick or treat adventure every time you visit. This time I was so pleased with myself because I not only remembered to pack the 105micro, I remembered that I packed it just to shoot at Laws. You have to understand, I’ve forgotten every time up till now and I am so glad I remembered! I treasure the smallest of mental victories.

The whole trick to Laws, or any location for that matter, is to go slow and have your eyes wide open. I walked into the second building and noticed that both large barn doors were open. This threw in big, soft light so all I had to do was find a subject for that gorgeous light. A couple of steps in on the right was this saddle. Its age and colors along with the light sucked me in and it didn’t let me go! I mean really, just look at that light!

When you have this kind of light, you gotta just keep working it and working it. I started “wide” and then worked on in to cover all I could of this one saddle. There was another one next to it that was in nicer light but was in sad shape so I stuck with this one. Most photographers do two mistakes I feel when they are at Laws, they us a tripod and blow off way too much. I spent probably twenty minutes at least working this saddle. I shot handheld so I could get the angle and framing exactly as I wanted while waiting for other visitors to come and go. I shot at ISO 100 (I’m always in the basement), 1/15 f/8, AWB, Vivid EV-2. Why was the 105micro so important? It gave the needed working distance, subject isolation and bloody sharp results that make detail macros succeed. I was so pleased that I remembered it and that I found for me, some cool subject. Keep in mind, macro is outside my comfort zone but as long as I find light, I can work through that discomfort.

Photos captured by D3x, 105VR on Lexar UDMA digital film