Day 340 (5 Dec 2012) Power

On my way to class I thought I found a  great thing to shoot; I saw a large electrical substation that was lit up (for security), and the way the light fell on the shapes of the components was compelling!  I took a few minutes during class to look at it on Google Earth to see where I could park and get close to shoot.

So after class I drove the short distance, but after parking, I felt there was too much traffic and someone might think I looked suspicious shooting a large electrical distribution center at night, so I chickened out.  But across the street was a power line cut in which several different types of power lines ran.  It looked kinda neat as I was standing there in the cold wind, so I set up my tripod and made several exposures.

Between the dead weeds, mixed lighting, and busy scene, I wasn’t thrilled with the results.  I did a black & white conversion with some cropping and a little cloning, but it’s not how I pictured it in my minds eye.  The alternating light and dark sections of the wires (from the multiple passing cars) is distracting to me, and I did not do a good job in establishing a singular point of focus.  I will chalk this up as a learning experience and choose my composition better next time 🙂

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I have to admit, its a lot easier to say “I don’t like that image” about one I made than it is to actually spell out what it is exactly that I feel I didn’t do well at in creating it.  I’ve never been good at proofing my own work (writing, etc), and it’s not different in photography.  But from what I’ve read, and from my (minuscule) experience, it’s one of the most powerful things you can do to improve your photography (other than practice).  So I challenge you to on occasion look at a final image you have created and critique it; whether it’s one you love or one you are not fond of.  Figure out what it is about it that you love/hate!  It’s HARD! But worth it 🙂

UPDATE (2 min later): Right as I was about to hit “publish” for this post, I recieved an email from Flickr (where this image is hosted) stating someone had marked this one as a “favorite.”  I don’t know why; maybe they just randomly do that to drive traffic to their images or maybe they really like it?  What do you think?

Day 262 (19 Sep 2012) Sculpture

I got to campus about 30 min before class started today because there is a huge red-painted sculpture on the campus I wanted to shoot.  I made several images from various angles, distances, etc.  It’s very interesting with the hard and soft edges, the arcs and angles.

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Day 143 (22 May 2012) Case Mountain

This afternoon after work I took a detour to Case “Mountain” in Manchester, CT.  I put mountain in quotes because it summits at a mere 744 feet (227 m).  It may not be tall, but since it’s located near the edge of town, it feels quite secluded.  There are many different trails winding through the park, many not on the map or even marked!  It was a nice break from just heading straight home 🙂  However, I didn’t ‘pack’ smart for this hike.  I hauled my tripod, my full camera bag (sling type), an umbrella, and light jacket for the 3+ miles.  I should have left the jacket and tripod at the car (which was near the waterfall), but I guess I was prepared for anything, lol.

As it was drizzly (light rain/mist) I didn’t take the camera out a lot, but I did take a few tripod mounted shots of the waterfall near the park entrance.

Case Reservoir Dam

18mm, 1.6 sec, f/22, ISO 100, 18-55m kit lens (Case Reservoir Dam)

Case Reservoir Waterfall

18mm, 1.6 sec, f/16, ISO 100, 18-55m kit lens, cropped (Case Reservoir Waterfall)

Trail Wall

60 mm, 1/30 sec, f/6.3, ISO 400, 60mm macro lens (Trail Wall)

Hartford from Case Mt

18mm, 1/100 sec, f/11, ISO 100, 18-55m kit lens (Hartford from Case Mt)

Day 122 (1 May 2012) Blackledge Falls II

Back a short time ago (11 April), I went to Blackledge Falls to try shooting it in the dark, but it was way too dark.  So today I tried again, but this time I had success!  It was about 7:30, so it was getting darker, but I could see perfect, and only needed 5-13 second exposures 🙂

Blackledge Falls

18 mm, 10 sec, f/11, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens (Blackledge Falls)

Two Falls

18 mm, 13 sec, f/11, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens (Two Falls)

Trail in the Woods

27 mm, 4 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens (Trail in the Woods)