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Weekly Photo Projects, Week 22
For all the photos I had taken recently I felt sure I'd have something I could use for both projects this week. I was wrong, and Thursday evening (+Project 52 B&W is due on Fridays) I was scrambling for something for the theme of Technology. And by scrambling I mean looking through my library looking for something that wasn't what I used for +Weekly Photo Project 2013 that I just convert to black & white and call it a day. Then I remembered Auto-Awesome, one of the new features in Google+ Photos that recognizes certain types of photos and automatically does things to them. In theory it is able to recognize shots that can be stitched together to make a panorama, bracketed shots to make an HDR, and shots that could be made into an animated GIF, which is obviously what I did. So I took a picture of technology then let technology automatically make the final picture. I was impressed with it, even if it is kind of a weak photo in general. It took me awhile to figure out that there needs to be a minimum of five shots before Auto-Awesome will do its thing, but once I had the 5 shots in an album it took maybe five minutes for G+ to recognize the type of photos and for it to make the animated GIF. Sadly Auto-Awesome seems to be hit or miss; I still have 3 bracketed shots waiting for the HDR treatment from 2 weeks ago. If the photo isn't animated, please have a look at it here: http://goo.gl/XG6e9
For +Weekly Photo Project 2013 our theme was Bokeh. Bokeh is the area of a photo that is rendered out of focus either on purpose for artistic qualities or due to technical reasons. Not all lenses (and cameras) give off the same subjective quality of bokeh, and my lens, I feel, gives a more harsh distracting quality of bokeh, at least for this shot.
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.
Burney Falls, in McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, has been on the list of waterfalls to shoot from the second I discovered it. This made all my previous waterfalls look like little trickles. But shooting here exposed a number of issues with gear and timing and so I left with photos that I was pleased with, but not thrilled with. In fact, it has taken me about a month to come back to these photos, that's how disappointed I was with them. Burney Falls is a unique waterfall in that it has the typical waterfall action of a river falling over a 129-foot cliff, but it also has underground springs coming out the side of the cliffs, which you can see off to the sides of the main fall. So the falls look like this pretty much year round, which is good when trying to plan a trip.
I had originally planned to shoot these falls in late fall/early winter of November 2017 on my Thanksgiving trip that ended in Lone Pine, CA. Due to time and weather issues, that was abandoned. At that tim…