Darkness at the edge of town.


bviously, I made this picture a while ago, like in winter. I tucked it away and you’ve never seen it. I’m starting to work through that collection now.

Unfortunately for me, these pictures are scattered throughout the last few months which means that I have to find them. Hard to do when you’ve forgotten about them. That’s how the infamous lost files are found.

This is a prime example of me seeing a scene for what it could be and making that happen in post production. It’s very likely the sky was pale winter blue and the foreground in good light.

That’s fine.

But, it doesn’t always fulfill my photographic needs. In fact, the deeper my journey becomes the more I want to make pictures that express my vision.

Usually, that doesn’t mean making a documentary style photograph. Nor, does it mean just throwing a couple of filters on a picture and calling it done.

The best of my work is brought about by thinking about, and then working, on the picture.

That doesn’t always happen.

I get rushed. I don’t think clearly. Even worse, I don’t feel clearly. I believe that you, the viewer or reader, can tell that. You see right through me.

At least that’s what I think.


ow, here are some technical issues to overcome.

First, as I wrote on the other side, the picture was made in color.

As I also wrote, the image was made in pale winter light. It was pretty enough, but it wasn’t what I wanted.

So, I thought about it and decided it might look like winter feels. Brooding. Moody. Even scary.

I took out as much color as I could. But, if you notice, not all.

Then I softened the sky and enhanced the silhouetted subjects.

I blurred everything to soften the feel.

That’s it. That’s enough.

How about those of you who are photographers? How do you achieve your vision?

In The Dark

I can’t make up my mind. I thought that I would clear out the backlog of images that I produced while I was really producing images that I was asked to make. Then I started working on the blues project material and guess what? Aside from the backstage, on stage and tour process pictures, I found pictures that I just like. They may be meaningless to the project, but they are kind of cool.

Anyway. The back story. Sammy’s band played on two nights in a place that was basically built out of canvas. It had plenty of leaks, no heaters and not great light. While the band was waiting to go on stage, they did  what they could to stay warm. Unfortunately, those nights were cold. Very cold. The temperatures dropped into the very low 20s. I was amazed that they could play or that I could photograph. But, we all did our work. Things were fine.

But waiting. Oh man. Sometimes for a couple of hours. Jake Barr, the bass player in the band, decided to hide under the stairs. Well. Not hide. Stand. Standing in the low light as he was presented a challenge. That’s fine. I’m still getting to know these NEX cameras. I want to see what they’ll do. I set the ISO at 6400. Very high. The light meter still showed very, very low light. But, what the heck. I only exposed two frames. One was a bit soft. But, this one wasn’t. I took some post production to get it where I wanted it to be. And, then I decided to experiment with what color there was. So. I tweaked it. This is the result.