I will admit, it has been a long time since I've been on a Trek. Like I alluded to in my last entry, I have had a lot on my mind lately. One of the big things is that I have been missing my cycling side, and I have finally made peace with the fact that I need it in my life again. So, for the last little while, I have been working on making that a reality again. With things settling down on the bike front, I had the opportunity to go out this morning for a quick Trek. When I woke up, I looked at the sky and found that the early light of morning was showing some promise to the cloud cover for later. I went ahead and got dressed and quickly loaded the truck up. By the time I was pulling out of the driveway, the clouds overhead were all but gone. I had started, so I might as well keep it going.
I made the half hour ride out to King where I had seen this old Blue truck mostly covered with weeds several times before. I had previsualized this picture with some very interesting clouds overhead, but that wasn't going to happen today. When I got there, there was a bit of overcast off in the distance, but nothing like what I was wanting. The truck was still cool, and I wanted to give it a shot or two since I was here and had the time. I opted for my wide angle lens which might sound like a strange choice for this subject, but I figured that in order to keep some of the blue in the sky, I was going to need to get in close and go wide, otherwise, the distant overcast would be a dominant factor in the scene.
|Overworked and Overgrown|
While going through the editing/culling stages with this old truck, I found that I really liked a vertical image of it, but there was just something missing from the image. I had thought about doing monochrome conversions while in the field with this subject, and thought I would give that a try to see how it looked. The straight conversion was ok, but rather boring. When I started to play with the color tones, the image started to take on a whole different look.
|Not Quite Ready|
When I got finished with the truck, I moved my attention across the street to where an old house was sitting right at the treeline. The house was mostly intact, but was really showing its age, and appeared that it has been unoccupied for many years. The paint had all fallen from the siding, and the windows were pretty much all gone. However, there was still a homey feel to it with the warm morning's sun striking the face. The reality of the scene was in the shadows however.
It was a pretty good morning despite the sky letting me down. That is just part of the realm that a landscape photographer exists in. We are very dependent on conditions that are completely out of our control. The test comes in how you deal with adversity.