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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.
Thanksgiving saw me on a trip through the Eastern Sierras to visit some longtime family friends. Along the way were a lots of photography spots to choose from, but knowing this wasn't a photo vacation, I picked and chose a handful of spots I wanted to hit. Day 1 of travel had a stop at Burney Falls, a wonderful waterfall just north of Redding, CA before checking in at Reno. Day 1 was nothing but rain and hard rain, so Burney was pushed to something to check out on the way back. Day 2 started off bright, sunny, and promising. Sadly, Bodie State Historic Park, my hopeful stop for Day 2, was closed due to the road leading to the park being washed out. Lone Pine, CA was our final stop and where we'd be spending 3 days. I had 1 thing on the photo checklist for Lone Pine, Mobius, and it's nearby neighbor, Lathe Arch.
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…
I find that I post more freely on Instagram. Probably because I don't feel the need to come up with a substantial piece of writing to go with the photo. So I thought I'd try wrangling up my IG posts of the week into one post here on the blog. So without further adieu...