YAPJ — Post #2

In a recent post by Adrian Vila, he encourages photographers to go out and find images that only you can make. Sounded like a good suggestion, since I tend to think that there’s just not that much interesting stuff that surrounds me. So, for an hour or so, I wandered around our community and found enough interesting things to further my process of learning. And I met and chatted (from a distance, outside) with a neighbor I’d only heard about through email last summer. She’d had skunks under her deck and let others in the community know about the new residents.

I am discovering how much fun high contrast subjects can be. Here are some that caught my eye. These were all shot on a digital camera.

Skinny Buddha
Skinny Buddha with Friends
Bench End

In the next one, I liked how the lower steps were so crooked and the colors were high contrast (when turned into black and white).

Tree & Shadow

These pots looked interesting because of their arrangement and the many colors. I used it to experiment with how colors convert to gray, and how to manipulate the color sliders in Lightroom to adjust the colors to the density I liked.


A long-exposure experiment.

Whirlygigs in the Wind

There used to be a nuclear power plant near Portland. After years of trying to keep it up to regulations, PGE finally shut it down and tore it down. It’s now a park with lakes where Whistling Swans reside.

My foray into film photography began with a rented Mamiya RB67 from The Film Objective. That was after spending an hour or so with Arthur at Blue Moon Camera. BMC is a used mostly analog camera store with film and processing, too. I spent a day at a couple wildlife refuges trying out the camera and getting my feet into the process of shoot, develop, and scan.

Twilight Eagle Sanctuary – Oregon
Twilight Eagle Sanctuary – Oregon
Confused Trees – Oregon
Columbian White Tailed Deer Refuge – Washington

The above image actually looks pretty awesome printed on canvas.

I have since also stepped into large format with a 4×5 view camera.

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