ESA is cranking, weather is cranking, images are cranking, I’m headed back out to crank!
You gotta love mother nature. No matter what you plan, it really doesn’t matter because she is going to do whatever she wants to do. So the sign in the Appalachian Cafe was so true. No Rain, No Pain, No Maine!
The first day, we didn’t even try to get out, the nor’easter pretty much kept us pinned up. The next day despite the rain and drizzle, we made an attempt. We drove up to Baxter State Park and waited in the truck for 90min while the worst of the rain went by. We then made the short walk up to Sandy Stream Pond only to stand in the wind in drizzle. With the best eyes in teh business scanning the pond, after a couple of hours, we called it.
Heading back to the room wasn’t an option so we started to cruise the park looking for targets of opportunity. We were pleased to see that even with the big rains, leaves still remained in some locations. So out we popped to make some clicks.
Why B&W? The wet trunks just suggested to me that B&W worked better so, B&W it is.
Photos captured by D3x, 24-70AFS on Lexar UDMA digital film
“You can always find something to do while you’re waiting for the paint to dry!” Being a year older then Sharon, I “waited” around to start college the same fall as she did. So I took a cool job for that year. Working in a woodshop where we had to finish the work, while that paint was drying we found other tasks that could be completed. I guess you could call is a work ethic, something we’re finding to be critical in moving things forward.
So yesterday while sequestered in our hotel room because of the weather we had a couple of options. Yeah, we did take a moment to just catch our breathes but then after that, it was to work making the most of our “idle” time. Since I’ve been on the road now for six weeks, not all my images have been dealt with. So, I got all my Reno Race images keyworded (the only thing I do Keyword). With that really fun task done, I decided to reward myself with finishing a couple from a special shoot from the races.
I’ve already written about and posted images from the flight, but before that all the shooters were provided an opportunity to photograph the very special and rare P-38s Lightnings and F7Fs Tiger Cats. The top frame is one of my favorites of the week because of the shadows in the foreground. It communicates the excitement of all the photographers able to photograph this special event. After that, trying to make clean clicks was a real challenge. The only real option for cleaning up the background was lying on the tarmac which is what I did (watching not to lay in oil). After that, the rest was cleaned up in Photoshop. So even though I wasn’t out behind the lens like I would have preferred, thanks to photography I could visit some good memories and finish them. Pretty cool!
Photos captured by D3x, 24-70AFS / 70-200VR2 on Lexar UDMA digital film
We headed towards the coast this evening, to a sleepy little port Sharon & I fell in love with a year ago. We call it So Bristol but that’s not really its name. This time of year the fleet is working the offshore lobster beds. It’s a long lens kinda of place if you’re working the boats, permitting you to find cool little scenes, isolating the subject while excluding all the business that is a harbor. It was a marvelous little place to spend the evening.
Photo captured by D3x, 70-200VR2 on Lexar UDMA digital film
Yeap, B&W was the final, the drama really pops in shades of gray.
That’s simply one bad ass cloud dumping serious snow. And look at that light. Sheer Power!
The clouds, light and scenery were just too much. Jake had to get in on the action so with a daring swerve and a screeching stop, he was in the thick of the action.
What makes a successful B&W successful? That’s a real common question. For me, it’s the ratio and placement of those blacks, whites and all the shades in between. With that in mind, I tend to arrange the elements in the frame so the black and white elements are the main foundation and depth of the photograph. it doesn’t always work out the way I’d like but when it does, it brings a smile to my face.
Photos captured by D3x, 70-200VR2 on Lexar UDMA digital film
Nothing escapes a Sierra winter storm, not even Mono Lake.
The opening in the clouds lets just enough sun to peak through to dance on the falling snow. Gorgeous!
We’re following the seasons again and it’s a ton of fun. We’re back home for 36hours and home gave us a grand welcome!
That’s fresh snow you see on the Sierra Crest. I know, I know, many don’t wanta see snow this early but I welcome it. There is nothing more gorgeous then fall color in fresh snow. The fall color hasn’t really started which means we’re going to have a spectacular fall. Simply Gorgeous! Oh yeah, these photos were taken from a moving vehicle through the window. A bad habit I have!
Photos captured by D3x, 70-200VR2 on Lexar UDMA digital film.
OK, I’ve been using it for some time but now you can too work in 64bit with Silver Efex Pro! and that’s BIG NEWS! All the B&W on the site for the last couple of months (unless there is a ACR reference) have been finished using my FAVORITE B&W pluggin, Silver Efex Pro. The video how to use it is on the home page. Don’t read this any further, go, get it, finish images, enjoy the world of B&W!
One of the very cool locations we’re going to share with the DLWS gang this week is this old train trestle. In while, while you’re reading this, we’re out shooting and having fun, wish you were with us. As you can see, I didn’t wait for the group, I shoot the trestle while scouting. Here’s my issue, do I include the V joint or not?
What’s the subject? What’s the design? What shows the age and depth? I don’t have the answer yet. I took it both ways because I don’t and I will be pondering that question until I reshoot it. Yeah, I will reshoot it to answer this question and go back with a PC-E lens to clean up all the lines I can. I love a challenge!
Photos captured by D3x, 24f1.4AFS on Lexar UDMA digital film
“What color, you turned it into B&W!” Well, B&W and all the shades of gray are color to me and when the right “fall color” images provides me with all those colors in the B&W spectrum, I go for it!
How did I get the B&W? The answer is in our video library, look under digital darkroom, Silver Efex Pro! It works magic and I just love its magic. Clean, simple and fast, what more can you ask for from a software/pluggin?! And what’s required in a good B&W? A clean black and a clean white, where, how and how much is up to you!
Photos captured by D3x, 24f1.4AFS on Lexar UDMA digital film
“Moose, I didn’t know you can run!” You’d be surprised what I do for the photo!
Moving back and changing the angle of attack to minimize that cloud still isn’t getting it. The tree is now “flat” against the mesa and with that massive rock, it’s just lost in the frame. Like John Shaw once said, “Your tripod has legs, so do you!”
Photo by D3x, 18AF on Lexar UDMA digital film
OK, I move closer to the Juniper and use part of the Juniper to block part of the cloud so now that bright, white mass at the top of the frame isn’t pulling the eye away from the tree. But what has happened to that beautiful shape of the tree when I got closer. To me, it’s lost its drama.
And in case if you were wondering if there would be any improvement by going to B&W, I don’t really think so. The graceful pose still is lost being so close to the tree.
Photos by D3x, 18AF on Lexar UDMA digital film
What is the subject? If we got with just the tree, then how do we arrange the elements in the photograph to support that subject? I moved physically a little close to the Juniper for this shot. When I did that, what happened to the cloud? Look back at the 1st posting if you need to but when I moved closer, I effected that could and that changed the whole image. Can you tell? The cloud is now higher, bigger and bloody white! The eye screams to it and there is stays because there is nothing else in the frame bringing the eye back down to the tree. This is not a workable solution to making the image.
Photo captured by D3x, 18AF on Lexar UDMA digital film
The Valley of the Gods is an amazing location that I just love to visit. I’m making plans to spend a whole bunch more time there, but that requires different travel plans.
This incredibly small slice of UT when the storms are rolling through is simple, without a doubt, hands down one of the most romantic landscapes in the southwest. There’s a ton of red here, not a issue. I wanted to do a little exploring in B&W and was happy with my results. I can do better but that requires days of on foot exploration. I always love having to have to return to a location
Photos captured by D3x, 18AF, 16Fish on Lexar UDMA digital film