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Weekly Photo Projects, Week 11
Week 11 came and went with little fanfare. For +Weekly Photo Project 2013 I used this five shot panorama that I originally thought would be a throw away shot. I was trying to use my auto exposure lock function on my camera (which either didn't work the way I expected, or just didn't work at all for this shot) and thought I'd be tossing this shot after I finished stitching the five shots together. I ended up keeping it because I liked the vibrant colors, and really liked the clouds. If you zoom in (on the original at least) you can even see what I hope to be the last patches of snow on the background mountains.
For +Project 52 B&W our very wide open theme was old. I don't like wide open themes, I like theme with a little more direction. I spend more time debating what is the theme then taking a shot. I happen to come across this old? antique? iron while doing some spring cleaning. My parents had a bunch of old stuff, and this coal heated iron was among them. My take away is that though ironing still sucks today, it sucked even more way back when. Especially when there were no wrinkle free shirts to be had.
You can view my Weekly Photo Project album here.
My black & white project album here.
Before we get into the meat of this post, if you're viewing this on a mobile device, these photos really don't translate that well on it. These are large panoramic photos and really need a large screen to do them justice. Now on with the post.
Occasionally during my Eastern Sierra trip I had the idea to take panoramas to try and take in the full view of what I was seeing and feeling. I tried to focus on a part of the view I was seeing that would fill up my frame, but I felt that it didn't full get the whole feeling with only part of the view, but this led to other problems. All the panoramas I took were literally on the side of the road, meaning I was in the middle of driving, with someone who's not a photographer. So, not wanting to annoy them I left the tripod in the car and took these panoramas free hand. When taking handheld panos my general rule is to take many photos and to go well beyond and after my intended start and stop points so that the photo software has …
If you find yourself in the Eastern Sierra, I highly highly recommend taking a few hours and stopping by the Manzanar National Historic Site. It's tells the story of out not too distant past that we like to conveniently skip over. If you're not familiar with the significance of this site, this is where, shortly after the bombing of Hawaii by Japan in 1941, some 10,000 Japanese, most with US citizenship, were incarcerated. This site is one of ten sites around the country that would come to hold over 110,000 people, again most of which were US citizens, from 1942-1945.
I recently took a trip that led me through Bodie State Historic Park. If you haven't been, and would be interested in seeing what remains of a town that flourished during the latter part of the California Gold Rush, then died out almost as quickly as it sprang up, this is a must visit. I was lucky enough to arrive here during their opening week for the season, with wonderful weather.