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Weekly Photo Projects, Week 30
I'm late to posting this entry because I only shot this last night. I didn't know what I was going to shoot for +Weekly Photo Project 2013 and our theme of S-Curve, but I didn't want it to be an s-curve of a road or trail. Yeah, technically this is a road, but I'm hoping you'll overlook the road and concentrate on the streaks of light. The road wasn't quite busy enough to get all these streaks so I ended up layering three shots on top of each other to get it right. Shooting was easier done than I thought it would be. Set the camera in manual and adjust the aperture to f.13. The shutter I set on Bulb mode, which allows me to open and close the shutter as I see fit, and fixed the focus on the mid-part of the curve. Thanks to +Andrew Willard for bringing this feature to my attention. Then using my wired remote I opened the shutter just as the car enters the frame and close it as it exited. Exposures were as short as eighteen and as long as thirty-four seconds. Layering done in Pixelmator.
For +Project 52 B&W our theme was Macro. I don't enjoy shooting macro shots for a couple reasons. First, I don't really have the equipment to shoot really good macro. I don't have a dedicated lens for it and my camera/lens combo doesn't offer a macro mode. And second I don't really "see" in macro. Which is part of reason to do projects like this in the first place, to experience something different. So I got as close as I could to the flower, which nicely filled the frame, but I wanted it to be more. So I aggressively cropped the shot, and in processing went overboard in the color version to get the middle part to pop more, knowing that it was be toned down once it got converted to B&W. All post processing done within Topaz Labs plugins, with the final conversion done in Black & White Effects 2.
You can view my Weekly Photo Project album here.
My black & white project album here.
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 realize it's been awhile since posting, but here goes. I have a backlog of photos taken with some new gear (more on that in another post. Hopefully) so I'm going to post some that have only seen minimal processing within the Google Photos service? App? All in all I'm really impressed with how much Google Photos has progressed over the years. Until I get Lightroom setup on a new computer, Google, and a handful of other apps, will have to handle the workload.
*Tap tap tap* Is this thing on? Is this thing even working? Do I even know how to do this anymore? Do I even want to do this? All good questions, with some (hopefully) being answer with this post. Meaning if you can see it, it's on and working. The other questions? Well, who knows at this point. But, if you're seeing this, congrats! You probably had the RSS feed (which may or may not still be working), or some other little service I was using over a year ago is still shooting this out to social media. What brought me back? Am I back?
What brought me back is easy. A couple days ago +Blogger released a, well, blog, detailing some new themes: https://blogger.googleblog.com/2017/03/share-your-unique-style-with-new.html. I didn't hate them, and in fact liked one (the one hopefully you see here) and I went poking around, and re-kicking the tires to see if anything else about Blogger had changed. On first glance, nothing else has changed, which is both good and bad.
Am I back?…