Desktop Background – February 2013
One month down, only eleven more to go. The weather has decided to play a little hacky sack, knocking around from foot to foot, going from cold and bitter one day to warm and sunny the next. There are plenty of people out there who would like to say it’s global warming, but I think Mother Earth likes to keep us all on our toes.
As for me, I’m a bit torn between which weather pattern I’m holding out for. On one hand, the coming spring holds the promise of getting back outdoors and capturing images, but on the other hand, the cold is forcing me to actually sit down and get some solid editing of old photography sessions and travels done plus motivating me to stay indoors and finish remodeling the second floor of our house.
So, with that in mind, I was a bit torn about what to offer up as a desktop background this month. Do I go with something warm and tease you all with thoughts of brighter, sunnier days or do I stick with the depressing, dismal, yet somehow beautiful stranglehold of winter?
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As you can see, I obviously decided to play nice and not force unwanted daydreams of summertime that would only lead to frustration on both our parts. Instead, I pulled out a “B side” photograph from my collection.
As I do more of these desktop backgrounds, I find myself drawn into sharing images that you won’t see in any of my photo-streams and portfolios. It isn’t that these images aren’t good captures or moments in time, but they just didn’t make the “only pick one or two from each session” cut. Such was the case with this skyline of Peoria, Illinois.
Any professional photographer can tell you that the best camera to shoot with is the one you have with you. If we all had a nickel for every time we missed “the shot” because our camera was at home or in the car, we could all retire today, myself included. In this instance, I had my camera with me on the way into work. I was trudging through the slush of the parking deck behind my office and the gray haze out across the city skyline drew me in.
I pulled out my trusty Nikon with my old 18-55mm lens, and using the parking deck wall as a makeshift tripod, snapped a couple of frames. I didn’t think much of the image until I dove into the processing. I wanted to really bring the “dismal” into focus from what I remember seeing and nothing speaks louder to those emotions of separation than a retro post-processing treatment.
Why is that, you ask? Well, if you think about it… retro treatments make images look like they were taken decades ago; the largest separation that any of us ever experiences is from our own past. See the connection?
So what do you think? Does the retro treatment work for this skyline photograph? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.