I was asked about this photo again. It was taken in Caldeira on the island of Terceira in the archipelago Azores off the coast of Portugal. The road I was on was about three feet below the pasture with a basalt lava rock retaining wall. I walked right up to it and the cow peered right at me. The others could not be bothered. I positioned low and under making special consideration for the suns position. I knew I would get white out and sunspot conditions... it was desired. Mmmoooooooooooooo
In historic downtown Charleston there are houses that are current residences still. These establishments are some are 250-300 years old. Many are maintained and refurbished in like original condition. But some face structural challenges as result of ground stability and weathering. This is one of my favorite doors near Battery Park. It has been maintained in a shifting and natural state. It look clean and sound... but it is crooked. The door is hung level but the porch and frame have shifted considerably over two centuries. What a feat to see first hand.
I was pulled up to a curb one night with my headlights casting a small distance through a field. Some twenty years from me was an old fence at the grass line. I had my camera and my trusty lil travel tripod and jumped into action. There was a fine contrast I could see in this. I shot these in B&W and focused in on the woodgrain. The long exposure captured great detail in the fence post and allowed for some arbitrary movement in the tall grass.
There is something fascinating about rusted metal. I'm not sure what it is... but I fall victim fairly often. The "as is" coloring and visuals on the first photo is untouched. The second is "warmed" a bit bringing reds, oranges and life into the composition. How about a little B&W conversion with a little flagrant manipulation on the contrast slide? This makes it pop is areas that were less appealing before. Detail in this finds new accents but it does lose the iron life of the others. Which is more appealing to you?
This is my near daily photography web log. I got interested in photography in high school and have been taking shots ever since. I am still developing techniques and honing my eye. I tend to gravitate toward macro shots, small subjects and low perspective. Have fun digging through the blog and looking at old posts. You will see that I have worked through different processing, framing and display techniques along the way. It's all in an effort to learn something new. All of these photos were taken with minimal equipment and consumer level cameras. You can do any of this with your camera too. Thanks for stopping by. Leave a comment or ask a question. Let's learn this stuff together.
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