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I am off today. A blessed reprieve from the office and the learning curve that has come with a new position. Sometimes the brain just goes on overload and requires a day of nothing. The weather seems to support my mood as well. It has been a tough several weeks that saw the failure of all of my back-up drives and the loss of thousands of RAW files dating back over 15 years. I did not lose them all which is fortunate, and I did not lose my Photoshop master files which is another blessing. I do not have a diagnostic answer for the failures but I was running an older laptop-based system, not enough RAM, too much reading and writing to drives, and not running Disk Warrior repair as often as I should have. Well, it is what it is. A wake up call to retool a bit and perhaps I needed to let some things go and open up more space in my life.
Today’s shots are from a mini walk-about this morning. The grey skies pressed down, a harbinger of the approaching weekend storm, as if we needed anymore rain in what has become the wettest year in recent history. But I like the mood and getting out to embrace it is a form of therapy for me - a kind of walking meditation with a camera. At these times I usually have no real agenda which is really the point. More and more I try not to have an agenda, or even preconceived images in mind, when I go out. It is destructive to the process. If I had not made an image it would have been fine. I wandered my rural back roads for awhile until I came upon this scene. Truth be told I love rolled hay bales in the landscape. They are a great subject albeit sometimes difficult to compose into cohesive compositions. Finding the hay bale cart was a definite bonus and the split rail fence line provided some great textures and framing compositions.
Working with these kinds of forms often turns into cerebral explorations pitting the placement of the forms against the textures and available light. In such scenarios I pull the camera off-tripod and make sketch images where I can make value judgements and even think about how I might post process the files. Given the nature of the light, black and white became an obvious direction for this series, which was just fine with me. After an hour the cold had seeped in and it was time to move on. But the respite was just what I needed to re-calibrate my day.
TECHNICAL STUFF: All images shot with a Fuji GFX 50s and a Fujinon GF23mm f4. The files were processed in Lightroom using a custom built preset with final finishing in Photoshop.