I've been seriously thinking of shooting on film with a 4x5 field camera. So I went out thinking 'how would 4x5 images look'? The sun cooperated. I'm also shooting RAW+jpg in the new year. With the more manual style I'm shooting these days, the RAW version can help produces a better representation of the scene. I shot this wide and cropped narrow.
I have shot many many portrait-style images where the subject stands out in focus against a blurred background. The quality of the blur is called bokeh' (I pronounce it 'okay' that starts with a 'b'). It's easy to have that effect with automatic focus cameras. I played a lot with the blurry elements over the last four years. Perhaps that's why I grow weary of it despite how effective and interesting it is.
Fern and blackberry.
Further review of what I like about others' work is a large depth of field; big dramatic nature scenes with everything in focus. I'm closing the aperture all the way (f/22) and using a tripod and remote release much more often. This shot was rescued from the RAW version. I shot this tree previously.
Barn up Euchre Creek road. Left this one in 3:2 as shot.
Ophir Safety Rest.
Good light today and I've found a much more 'fun' style to shooting with each camera I have. These next four are with the aged H1 at it's astounding 742mm-equivalent focal length tele-adapter lens. Prior to today, I was hating telephoto shots. But I got out a monopod and closed the lens aperture as much as I could and adjusted the exposure in the field. This type of care will have to be second nature when shooting with a 4x5 camera on film.
What I call the Pyramid Tree.
And this was called Goat Mountain by Walt Hyde, who lived up on Greggs Creek road.
The above two 'green' shots wanted some sharpening as I knocked down the resolution, but the next ones didn't. Each image is 'made', as Ansel once said. But I really feel strongly the image has to 'be there' and not be 'fixed.' I live by that. I wouldn't have time to shoot if I had to fix my images in Photoshop!
Tsunami siren, just in case you forgot to be afraid.
North of Devils Backbone. The waves were crashing a small sea stack that caught my eye. The surf was big, the tide was out, and the wind was low.
Devil's Backbone, looking south towards Ophir.
The black and white portfolio of my own work I made yesterday seemed to propel me today.
As Darrell Scott wrote in 1997, it was indeed, a "great day to be alive."
"Hard times in the neighborhood but why can't every day be just this good?"
from Family Tree
I remember how moved I was the first time I listened to Darrell Scott's solo work as I drove from Nashville to Memphis in 2000. Few singers have as much expressive skill to their voice in my 'genre' as Darrell. That trip now had a photoblog. How cool! When did I do that?
The above tele shot was a more successful, accidental repeat of some of my early Curry County shooting north of Humbug from December 8, 2009.
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