I started this week talking about going after the small details when confronted with an area with no good clouds, light or in this case snow. Well it seemed fitting to end the week with examples of just that. I’ve noticed that my mind tends to go towards geometric lines and shapes. Perhaps that’s why Aviation is so appealing to me because airplanes are nothing but lines and shapes. Now the ones in the middle with the T shaped spar intrigue me more than the rest. I have no idea what that tool is for, it’s three feet tall and 2inches in diameter, but between where it was hidden and the light on it, it made for a great subject. All shot with a D3, 24-70 AF-S f/2.8, and Lexar Digital Film
I couldn’t really think of a snazzier title for this one, it’s basically what it is. Windows are great for shooting purposes both for looking through and seeing what’s being reflected. The choice is figuring out what story to tell. Using the D3 and 24-70 AF-S F/2.8, I kept things simple by selecting the areas that were being lit up by the light coming through the other windows. Without using scrims or HDR I kept things simple by just going after that natural light.
For the last couple days i have been thinking about a nearby ghost town. Why I’m not quite sure, seeing how i went there not long ago. Just one of those things that got stuck in my head and i guess you could say this is how i wanted it unstuck. Thankfully it provided some more time to play with B&W conversion on this church steeple. I can’t ever complain about having time to play with images.
Image captured with D3, AF-S Nikkor 24-70 f2.8, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film
One of the large beliefs is that when it is the middle of the day and the light is considered harsh, it is best to not shoot. Well this isn’t true. Mid day light can be used just as long as one is aware of the higher contrast, stronger shadows and of course the dreaded blinkies. Being more selective and working around these elements can led to some great shots. For instance this shot above was taken in full sun light, the white medal of the scrap piece on the left is somewhat lost information but still understandable, and the shadows haven’t taken away any critical information. In this shot i’m actually making it more intense to give it that hot, bright day with a heat shimmer coming up off the ground look. If you’re shooting in midday light make the scenario work around that light.
Rustic buildings are always something i like to work with. Being up in Montana i have the chance to work with a lot of ghost towns and mining towns, but the trick is finding the buildings that actually have interest to them. The one above here caught my eye because of the buckets below it. Now all the buildings have the same wooden slat sides and well it’s nice but not really interesting outside of just being a pattern. The buckets and window break it up. What got me wondering about this wall was the window seal wasn’t under the window nor were the buckets. So i was curious what were they used for or why put over there? Simple little items make all the difference.
Images captured with D3, 24-70 AF-S, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film