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Tuesday Viewsday: HDR Test Drive

As any self-respecting New Year resolution-maker knows, it’s not a real resolution unless it’s broken by mid-January. Well, I already broke one of my resolutions: adding more posts during the week for all of you to read. But, now that it’s been broken, it’s time to repair that mistake so here we go.

Test Drive

What would a “behind the scenes” blog post series by yours truly be without a HDR image? I took this photo during an urban landscape photowalk last year. When you’ve been a photographer in the Peoria area, you will find that the same locations become the standard for public photowalks. This is especially true for the Peoria riverfront and warehouse district areas.

Test Drive

Don’t get me wrong; this is by no means a bad thing, but simply an observation. This is probably true in most of the cities throughout the world; we all get stuck into ruts as photographers in a particular area, but as any good photographer will tell you, there’s a great photograph within 10 feet of you no matter where you are standing.

So, with that in mind, I always take it upon myself to explore new angles and views of locations that I’ve been to time and again; if you push or challenge yourself, you can start to see things that weren’t there before or that you  might have missed along the way.

Anyway, during this one particular urban landscape photowalk with the Peoria Flickr group, my good friend, Stacy Hanna, and I decided to explore new alleys and city blocks that we hadn’t yet been to. We were lucky as we discovered a whole load of new things to photograph and new locations for possible portrait sessions later. One of the lucky finds was the truck you see in this photograph. When I saw it, I knew a HDR image was definitely in order – there’s no better way I know of to capture the colors and textures that a rusted vehicle has.

In addition to being a HDR, I also knew I wanted to use my ultra-wide lens to really accentuate the length and height of the truck. As you can see, it really forces the perspective to “stretch” out the front of the truck. I think it also helps to distort the moving clouds near the top and the wheels near the bottom of the image.

What do you think? What works in this photograph? What doesn’t? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Tuesday Viewsday: Black & White Winter

It’s finally happened… the temperature has dropped to the mid to low thirties and the bone chilling wind that likes to gust and whip at your extremities has started blowing. This can only mean one thing: winter is finally here. While we may not have snow on the ground here in Illinois, make no mistake that the time for wool caps and socks is upon us.

Waiting for Spring (2012)

Waiting for Spring (2012)

As we wait patiently for the first flurries to drop from above, it’s always good to take this time to catch up on the year’s projects and to reflect on where we’ve been and where we are going. As always, I’ll do my annual reflections and resolutions postings sometime in the near future, but I hope that you take a few moments of quiet time over the next few weeks and reflect on your lives, the people around you, your relationships, both old and new, and anything else that has caused an impact in your world over the last year.

And, since we are looking back, I wanted to share this photograph with you. I snapped this black and white image at the beginning of this year shortly after moving into my new home. For me, this year was marked with a whole load of new experiences and projects to keep me busy, but nothing was more instrumental in the effect on my life than purchasing my first home with the girl.

This image was captured as part of my Project 52 series, which, like most of my time-based projects over the past few years, quickly got derailed and I never returned to it. In the past, realizing this derailment would upset me, but I realized that this year was about setting priorities and, for me, Project 52 quickly took a back seat to remodeling my home, building a garden, landscaping, pursuing my Master’s degree, traveling, and teaching.

The assignment that was given for this piece of the project was to photograph something around your home that demonstrated a personal “vision” statement that you also had to generate. For me, this image is about the untold story. When Caitlin and I moved into our new home, we saw this old bird bath pedestal and concrete tire with a pole sticking out of it in the yard. We still have no idea what these were used for, but I suspect the pole was for tying up a dog.

Vision Statement
Every moment, past or present, has a story. Whether that story is clearly defined or written “between the lines,” I capture the moments that bring those stories to life.

For those who know me and my photography, you know I’m drawn to “leftovers” – items that used to be a vital part of our daily lives and then were just left alone without anyone ever returning. To me, these two items, being so close in proximity to me and representing a new chapter in my life, are also “leftovers” so I had to capture them.

And, nothing says winter like white so a black and white treatment went a long way toward making this image come to life.

So what do you think? Do you like it? Hate it? Does it tie in with my vision statement? Let me know in the comments below!

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