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Weekly Photo Projects, Week 40
The theme for +Project 52 B&W was Lyrically Inspired. You remember back in class when you would be assigned to write some essay that you thought was stupid? That was my thinking on this. AND! And it involved more work because you had to find a song that would work for a photo. Or you could shoot a photo and find a song, but still, it's a two step process. So I found a song that I really (see video below) and thought I'd find a photo that worked for it. Please note I said "find" and not "shoot". To the archives I went. This shot of San Francisco worked just nicely. In the conversion I played up the contrast, pumped up the whites and got some blinding lights for U2's City of Blinding Lights.
I wasn't having any inspiration hit me photographically. Sure the ABC Project was easy enough, but I didn't know what I was going to shoot for +Weekly Photo Project 2013 and our theme of Colors. Or Colours. So I grabbed this quick shot here. I rattled of some HDR brackets just in case too, and glad I did so I could play with Photomatix Pro 5 beta. Not really the best set of brackets to kick the tires of a new program, but I got to see the new interface (kinda simplified) and the new presets, which are actually useful.
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 …
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…