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.
I am fascinated by bridges. Some of this comes from the notion of how they are engineered, how they actually connect to solid ground, and the idea that these spans connect land masses separated by water, or simply space that could not be connected otherwise. Some may find them an intrusion in the landscape but they present a certain kind of contrast that I find photographically interesting.
The temperature at my 6:45 wake-up read 5 degrees. With the slightly windy conditions the wind chill came to -10. What on earth was I thinking? And not only that I had convinced my pal, Adam Holston, to sally forth into the cold with me. Even bundled up with layers we both felt the cold seep in until we could no longer feel our fingers. This was really a one shot deal for me. I had already plotted the location of the rising sun and I simply needed to be in position a few minutes before the sun hit the horizon. It could not come quick enough though as my 30 minutes on the bridge scouting the shot turned me into an iceberg, even as the ballhead on my tripod locked up from the cold. As the light came I grabbed one shot for the shadow areas and several sun star shots and the event was over. And then we were quickly to the car and Mellow Moods for coffee.
TECHNICAL: Fuji GFX 50s and a Fujinon GF 32-64 f4 R WR at 34mm. Two images were shot to create the final rendering-one at f11 for 1/4 of a second and the other at f16 for 1/8 of a second, both at ISO 100. The two files were corrected in Lightroom and combined using Luminosity Masks in Photoshop CC
Hi everyone. One of my favorite characteristics of the West Virginia winter landscape is the think, and wispy, nature of the trees and shrubs. Layered with the grasses and trees the whole of it looks feathery and light, though looks can be deceiving. Walking through this can be extremely difficult and challenging as the branches do not part so easily to let you in.
Hi everyone. I hope and trust that you all had a great holiday. I have been quite busy over the last few months with several projects, both work related, and photographic in nature. Recently my newest article was published in the Second Edition of Fuji X Passion Magazine as well as two new articles on my switch to Fuji Cameras and the settings I use for the majority of my photography. I have been working on a new series of barns and I recently shot a series of images to test out the auto-focus system on the Fuji XT-2. That blog post is coming in the next few days.
It would seem that the fortuitous occasion to photograph combines working the Fall soybean harvest continues. Only a few days ago I was able to shoot a harvest while who-leading a photo walk in the Ag Preserve of Montgomery County, Maryland (See "Chasing the Harvest at Shepherd's Hey Farm"). And now today, while heading home from the office I happened upon another harvest just outside of Shepherdstown, WV.