|Patina in the Morning Sun|
Since I have a traffic assignment this evening, into tonight, I thought that I would use this time to try and get my creative groove back on line. I had looked at the weather and the morning showed to be mostly clear with a few clouds here and there. That wasn't enough to justify going to the mountains which was what I wanted to do. However, it was passable light for doing some rural shooting as the sun came up. Since I had a print to deliver in Yadkin County, I figured that I might as well hunt around out there for something to shoot.
After doing my last Behind the Camera entry, I was feeling nostalgic about the old Blue Chevy Apache that I had shot in 2014, and done a fresh edit in 2016 which had won a photo contest shortly thereafter. I checked the map and found that according to the last pass over the area, the truck was still there. I remembered speaking with the owner back in '14 and getting a little history on the truck. I was expecting to speak with her once again to gain permission to get in close to the truck.
|When the Light Hits|
I started making some compositions and noted that the exposure, while pretty contrasty, was within the latitude of the camera. Knowing that the grill would be my biggest problem, I exposed for the highlights, and let the shadows fall where they would. I had plenty of details in the shadow portions so I was pretty confident that I could balance the exposure in Lightroom so that the image would reflect the view that my eyes were seeing.
I worked my way closer and closer in until I was at the wide end of the lens. I hadn't been challenged yet, so I went back to the truck and swapped over to my 24-70mm lens which would allow me to get in close and distort the perspective of the truck ever so slightly. I kept the polarizer attached though as it really helped bring the blue of the truck out a bit more.
|A Summer Morning|
I was getting back in the swing of photography, and was starting to feel that creative energy surging once again. I spent some time driving aimlessly around Jonesville, NC, looking for some more rural subjects to photograph. I found a few, though not as many as I was expecting. The lighting wasn't right for any of them, so I just filed them in my head for later and kept looking.
After a while, the sun was up too high and the light was too harsh on the West side, so I opted to wrap it up. It was time to go and deliver my print in East Bend anyway. This is part of the frustration of photography. I had spent about three hours on the road looking for things to shoot and ended up only finding one subject that had good light. There are plenty of times that I don't even find that so I'm pretty happy with the morning altogether.
I'm hoping for some really good weather very soon so I can get out and do some mountain landscapes again. It has been far too long since I've been out to the Blue Ridge Parkway under some dramatic skies.