Saturday, December 9, 2017

Week 49 - 2017 in Photographs

Day 336 - Reflections on Eagle Nest Lake

It has been a warm and dry winter so lakes and ponds had not frozen when we at last received a measurable first snow. It was a winter wonderland. For a photographer bored by day after day of the miasma between fall and winter it was a call to sally forth with the camera. The snow only lasted during a brief morning interval, but at times it was quite heavy, sticking to branches and fence posts. 

Day 337 - Snow just beginning

And at times heavy enough it obscured the landscape. I have stopped at the same place on the county lane below and recorded it in fall, summer and winter. It changes with every season but the same arrangement of trees calls me to photograph it yet again. 

Day 338 - Down a Snowy Lane

But my favorite aspect of this particular winter snow was that up to this point the temperatures had been very warm, especially at night, and none of my favorite water features were frozen. I got reflections of the water and snow flakes falling at the same time. Those photographs which follow were just those I liked the most. 

Day 339 -  First snow

Day 340

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Day 342

Monday, December 4, 2017

Week 48 - 2017 in Photographs

Day 329
 I got out of the studio with the camera last week. Firewood was delivered and I got it stocked. And the pickup brake system was fixed. The wind stopped and we finally got some snow. New photo opportunities opened up like reflections on still ponds with ice beginning to form.

Day 330

Day 331

Day 332

Day 333

Day 334

Day 335

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Week 47 - 2017 in Photographs

Day 322
Paph Petula's Dandy Lady Slipper Orchid

This week is about color. And dawns and orchids. It was also about getting the breaks fixed on my pickup and finally having a supply of firewood delivered. These activities kept me home bound or on a short leash. Three of this last week's photographs were taken from the studio deck where I have installed the new heated door mat. That means I can stand barefooted and take pictures of the dawn. It is November and we should have snow. But we don't. Which is good since I was totally out of firewood. 

I was chained at home waiting for a delivery of two cords which did not happen. In exasperation I sought another supplier. The last photo in this blog is a progress picture of stacking firewood. I take pride in stacking my own. And I was waiting for the call from my mechanic on the replacement of the master brake cylinder on my truck. So time to sit before the computer and play with photographs. Four of this week's photos are digitally manipulated. I am, after all, a painter. And I pour my skies in a landscape painting. And they can look a lot like Day 323 and 328.

Day 323

Day 324

Day 325

Day 326
New Mexico Ranch Pickup

Day 327
New Mexico dawn

Day 328

Firewood being stacked

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Week 46 - 2017 in Photographs

Day 315

Going to get this week's photo blog done early. And interject a bit of a change up from my usual count down. Several of this week's images have another version and, as in the case of the photograph below, have appeared in a weekly blog in that other treatment.

Day 316

Week 44 - Black and White

I think in the case of the old Questa church there is merit in either version.

Day 317

Day 318
The color original
And while I am a lover of color I find the black and white version of this cottonwood grove better artistically. Maybe I will have to try the same thing with dawns. Though that seems unthinkable. 

Day 319

Day 320

The original photograph
In this day of photoshopping everyone asks, "But what did the original photograph look like. And above you have the answer. I also did this one in black and white.  Which brings us to the question of why? Sometimes a photograph has good bones. There is something in the photograph you liked when you took it, and even when it was uploaded to the computer but it just does not shine through. In day 320 it was the lines of the trees and their reflections in the water. The version I finally posted shows that off best.

In black and white

Below is the caretaker's old red pickup. If you are a follower of my photographic blogs or Facebook page you will recognize this truck. But I am still looking for the ultimate picture of it. I love the red on freshly fallen snow but mostly the red gets in the way. There is another picture of this truck coming this week in my daily posts.

Day 321

The old red pickup

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Week 45 - 2017 in Photographs

Day 308
My weekly blog is late. And I was rather winging it all week long. Too much going on. Focus elsewhere, pun intended. Sorry but next week is going to be the same. My biggest piece of photographic equipment, Big Blue, is getting another mechanical fix. So no photo trek. All these are taken as I was traveling along going else where for other reasons, or off the studio deck. To facilitate that latter photographic platform I have the new heated door mat to stand on in my stocking feet and snap pictures of the dawn without freezing feet.

Day 309

Day 310

Day 311

Day 312

Day 313
And Thicke continues to pose although sometimes reluctantly. 

Day 314

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Week 44 - 2017 in Photographs

Day 301
St. Anthony Catholic Church

In one of the many digital photography books I have read the writer maintained you should know if you were going to process in black and white or in color. That was certainly true in the days of film. But that decision was largely made for not just one photo but a whole roll of film because it was what you had loaded in the camera.

I will be honest and if it was not a requirement for a photography assignment I seldom used black and white film. Every once in a while I would feel guilty about not being a true photographer like Ansel Adams and shoot a row of black and white.

Digital photography and control of the "post processing" means you can do whatever you want with your images. You can make the decision on photograph at a time. The same rules of composition apply. Images with strong elements are generally my choice for black and white. But I have often taken an image or a subject and processed it in both color and without color.

Color is still my favorite. Black and white is still an exercise I give myself.

Day 302

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Day 304

Day 305

Day 306

Day 307

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Week 43 - 2017 in Photographs

Day 294
 It is all about the light. Cameras, whether they are film or digital, capture the light. 

One morning, while delaying arriving at my dentist appointment, I stopped at Eagle Rock Lake to capture the colors of the cotton woods. Yellow is one of those colors which captures light very well. And with sunlight streaming through the leaves they seem to glow.

Day 295
 What amazed me once back home and remembering I had taken all those photographs before have the truck not start, five teeth pulled, and lower face totally numbed is that fall photographs look awesome in black and white.

Day 296
 And the light streaming through the leaves and the trees and across the pond's surface is even more striking without the color.

Day 297
 As a landscape photographer who always eagerly awaits the fall colors I surprised myself during the post processing. It seemed like a sacrilege to remove the color. But photography is about the light. And that is so evident, as Ansel Adams proved, in the black and white versions.

Day 298

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Day 300