The Other Side Of Midnight


In the air tonight.

W

ell, maybe. I’m referring to the title. After I made yesterday’s picture I got excited and went back out to see what I could see.

I saw the picture you are seeing. Unfortunately, I mostly made vertical images. When I finally saw the totality of the photograph I realized a radical crop was in order.

That’s the version you are seeing.

I just like it’s depth and it feels like I am looking up towards infinity. And, if this pandemic keeps surging it could be a place that a lot of us see for ourselves. Hopefully not.

Which brings me to this. Turn off the news,, all of it. Well, except for sports where I want watch baseball and Formula One racing.

If we continue watching the news at this time in history we will go off the deepest end. There is too much going on, most of it really bad.

This may mean that you ditch social media because everybody and their brother just has to comment on some news item and 2,870,145 other people pile on.

You can’t even get into a discussion about nature without some bonehead jumping in. It goes like this. Comment: “The sky is blue.” Reply: “Well, Biden sucks.”

Enough.

Go hide out for the weekend. Everything will feel better next week.

P

retty soon you are going to give up on me. I keep making pictures that do not require tricky postproduction unless you are feeling particularly crafty.

Once again, all I really did was see it, shoot it.

Expose for the lightest part of the scene and the darkest part will get even darker.

Make it darker in post if you need to. But, it would be better to learn how to make a proper exposure and not need to.

In order to do that, you might want to turn off every automatic function on your camera. Learn how to set the controls after taking just a light reading.

Because.

I have a t-shirt that says, “Everybody is a photographer until…” and an arrow points to the control setting for aperture and shutter speed.

Don’t be one of those everybodies.

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  1. I like this. A lot. No matter that you don’t have to do tricky post-production. Indeed, at its heart, that is what photography is to me. My real true personal “sucessful” images are usually straight out of the camera, with very little touching in post (maybe a little crop; maybe some sharpening; maybe some contrast – but basically what I attempted to capture in the camera).

    Oh, and I wanted to say that you only think the sky is blue because you are being fooled by Biden. But I didn’t. Did I? 🙂 Not sure there is any such thing as news today, and certainly only rarely an objective viewpoint from either side. That’s why I mostly stay out of the discussion 🙂

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  2. I’ve really had to turn off the news. I won’t stay “gone” that long, probably, but for now, I’m looking out for my mental health. I’ve been enjoying a return to listening to my old LPs and immersing in as much retreat as I can afford to soak up!

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