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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Truckee without Snow

It’s late, so late that the clock now has a.m. after its digits and we haven't quite reached Truckee.  The windy roads were our playground for Jen’s skilled driving, squealing like little girls having too much fun.  The next morning the light was so amazing, without a second thought, I went a runnin’ out front to take pictures.  Im talking straight outside, even before any water.  I was playing with my new polarizing filter for my 50.  It will blow your socks off.  Filters are a forethought on how to create an awesome image, with a outstanding color and contrast, without the computer.  Even though photoshop is magic, I still enjoy manipulating images without having to spend copious amounts of time in front of a computer.  Using red or yellow filters for black&whites provides just the amount of depth.    
When Stella (5D) is not around I just use my sunglasses and iPhone.  I first started to experiment with polarized shades to see through the glare. I was trying to shoot what was just beneath the water and couldn't ditch glare. :lightbulb: put my shades in front of the lens and BAM, Funderland iPhone.  
Best surprise from this trip, was a visit from my honey.  My fisherman was out and I was about!  I already knew it was going to be relaxing and refreshing because I did not pack an ounce of makeup.  Dropping twenty bucks at Dairy Queen on cool treats for just the three of us was a first.  :)

These first three shots were the first of the day.
 sooc (straight out of camera)



This was taken with Stella and my sunglasses were my filter. sooc

I tried to  recreate the look from the previous morning, but no.  The light wasn't the same and the daffodils were not that happy. sooc

The same place different change of season.  Both sooc images.

If you have never been to Smoky's in Truckee? If not you are missing out.
The bomb dot com!
Get their brisket.

Taken with my iPhone and sunglasses, and nothing else.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Cropped Again

Here's the full image from above.  I always feel I've been cropped into something.  (that was funny)  So here's the scan from the full negative.

The focus on the book astounds me.  When doing self portraits with The Beast, I set up the shot and put my helping hand in my place to focus. We switch places and the shutter is released.  Whala.  This particular day I had a Master Fine Focuser, the lovely Cyrette.  

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Daf Hill

After many years on the To Do List, Daffodil Hill came to fruition.  When the goal is to discover, you can do anything your heart desires.  Being one of those light chasers, a detour here and there is welcomed for a quick shoot.  We were the first ones to the Hill and happily brought out the beast, my Large Format camera naturally. ;)  I'm always amazed with the range of film and it's ability to capture shadow and light.  Today was 4x5 Ilford, amazing.  Assessing light is done way before the view finder is used.  The highlight of the day was hearing the rattling of Mr. Peacock’s feathers.  His sexy dance sounds similar to a rattle snake’s death warning; sh*t cray.

I learned that a quick pick up in Sutter Creek wasn't going to be quick at all.  Their Second Hand stores were quite au courant, with all the things you don't need.  Everything to fill all your Pinterest desires; I didn't know I needed silver spoons to label my future garden, but I now have them.  Vintage Pyrex’ is next, oh dear.  If you love lace they have a lot of that too.

Here are some shots.

             First stop of the day, just for the light.

           The shadows are my favorite.

           Last random turn, it was nice.

             Oh 4x5, you melt the soul.  Too bad my brackets didn't scan. ;)