Never photograph directly into the light. I say backlight is good. I say direct light into the lens never ever hurt a digital sensor unless you leave the shutter open for a very long time.
A cool front is moving in on Sunday. And, another one will follow on Monday. This will lower the high temperatures down to the low 80s and the low temperatures down into the high 60s. I say prove it. It’s 96 degrees out there.
There’s nothing I can do about the weather other than to whine about it. There is plenty I can do about not shooting into direct light, like show you this picture.
The sky is white. There’s a reason for it. I was trying to expose for the shadows as the light was streaming into the front of the camera. I even had to use a light pinstripe border to keep the image from bleeding into the page.
But, yes it can be easily done. Out there on Highway 61. Wait a minute. Another song lyric is bleeding into a blog about pictures. I’ll give you a dime if you can tell me which song and who wrote it.
I claim that this is a fall picture. See all those little red leaves? That means it’s a fall picture. Trust me. It is.
I stumbled upon this picture last night. Well, stumble isn’t the right word. Maybe, this picture punched me in the face would be better.
Well, the first picture is what happens when the flower finally fills out to its fullest form. And, you work around dusk where you cannot help but get golden backlight on the subject.
You saw the second picture a few says ago. It was just starting to bloom. it looked gentle and delicate. That was a week ago. What a difference seven days makes. Nature works its wonders and I saw a flower that was almost unrecognizable. For sure, I changed the angle. The light drove the angle selection.
I’d ask you which version you like best. But, they are really two different pictures. Almost like they were made of two different flowers. Which you like better really depends on your mood.
For me, I had to sort of search out the bottom picture. The beauty is there. It’s just very subtle. Meanwhile the top picture reached out and grabbed me by the throat as if to say, “Me. me. me.” Still, it depends on my mood.
It’s been a little rough around here. I don’t have much to say right now. You know why.
If you saw yesterday’s picture, you know that it has about the same quality of light. That’s interesting, to me at least. Because I made this picture and yesterday’s in a different state. Of mind. And location.
Hug the ones you love. Be kind. To everyone. Especially the people you don’t know.
Something very new. The first picture that I saw about two minutes after I went out looking around. Luck. Photographer’s luck. Sometimes it happens. Usually it doesn’t. Not that quickly.
The picture. I broke the rules. Into the sun. Heavily back lighted. Very wide lens.
That’s it for today. Enjoy the picture. Enjoy the silence.
The silence didn’t last very long. The bell tolls. They toll for thee… for me. With another mass movie theater shooting in Lafayette. Louisiana.
Louisiana, the state where I live.
The numbers are shifting. So far three dead. Seven or nine wounded. Too early to know who was hurt. And, there is strange package in the shooters car… news about that later. All I know is to pray, to make an offering like these flowers, and hang on tightly to your family. It seems that we need a monthly emotional beating to make us feel better… or worse. When the beating stops.
I’m rambling. Thoughts not fully formed. Tears on my face. Eyes red. Not really grasping the meaning. Realizing that maybe I never will.
I finally got outside today. I’m still not entirely well. But, enough is enough. I made a lot of pictures. But, I’m really not up to doing a lot of post production, so I’m letting these Southwestern flowers fill in for today. Theses two images were made in the early days of my picture a day project. Keep in mind that this was supposed to be a one year project. It’s now going into its fifth year. Well, four and a half years. I never learn.
Anyway. These are New Mexican flowers. I made a lot of flower pictures yesterday. So for my next post, y’all are going to get Louisiana flowers. There is a real difference. Believe it or not. Maybe you’ll get some vegetables on the vine as well. I’ll surprise you. I’ll surprise myself.
Still sick. But, I think we’ve turned the corner. Typical cold. A week to come. A week to have. And, a week to leave. Anyway… more poking around in my files. These images aren’t as old the images were in my last couple of posts. For one thing, they weren’t made on film. They were produced digitally. That changes things… a lot. I think. I’ve had this discussion a couple of times today. I really do think that film has a more organic simpler look. To me, no matter what I do with digital images there is a cleanliness to them that almost borders sterility. Yeah, yeah. I know that for most uses film ain’t coming back. Probably in 98% of the images made today are “captured” digitally. But, film does have its uses. As I was reading about the old film v digital discussion, I was surprised and happy to find out that some of the really big time and name photographers use film for special projects and clients. So. There is that.
There are two things that I really like about Mardi Gras. By now, you know one of them Marching Bands. The make a lot of noise. Wonderful noise. I admire the kids who walk for miles and miles every day during Carnival Season. The other thing I really like are the beads. No. No. No. Just kidding about that. Because of how I work I usually catch a lot of beads. But, I usually give them away to a kid. Or, a bunch of kids. The other thing that I really like are flambeaux. But, I’m not going to tell you about that until Sunday. I’m in transit and I have to spread these things out a little bit. Or. I’ll run out.
This drum major is from California. He and his marching band are from El Centro. I thought that was very cool. Imagine that. A high school marching band who wanted to come to New Orleans to march in our parades. That really impresses me. They must have worked very hard to fund the trip . Schools, these days, don’t have a lot of spare cash laying around. I always root for them
The picture. I told you about high ISOs and how I process pictures made that way. This image was made using a lower ISO and a completely different way of processing it. To me, it seems smoother.