There was a big car show called the Black Top Nationals in Wichita this past weekend. Yesterday I spent some time there shooting. This hood ornament on a 1950’s vintage Chevrolet Bel Air is my favorite image so far, but I haven’t finished post processing the rest. I’d guess at least 20% of the pre 1960 cars at the show were Chevrolet Bel Airs. Ken Bello, I had this post planned before I saw your’s this morning, I swear!
Bringing a little color back to the blog. So there’s a post Valentine’s day vase full of roses sitting around here…what’s a guy to do? Bring out the tripod and penlight for a little flower light painting of course. This was taken at 200mm using my Canon screw-on magnifying close up lens attachment, on my Sigma zoom, on my Nikon camera. I try not to get bogged down by brand loyalty. This was about a three second exposure at ISO 200 with a weak penlight. The light must be weak for you to have any time to manipulate it. Next time I might try dropping the ISO on the camera to one of the special lower settings.
My large but minimally maintained backyard is not particularly scenic. I can barely grow grass, I seem to do much better with weeds. A week or so ago I noticed a spot of red out there. Too far away from the house to identify, I was thinking it was a piece of trash blown into the yard. Walking out to retrieve it, I discovered, to my amazement, it was not trash, but a perfect red tulip. Growing out in the middle of the yard, this was something new. I know for at least the ten years I have been here, there have been no flower beds, flower gardens, or an attempt at such anywhere in the area.
So what could this mean? Was it my wife’s recently passed beloved grandmother sending us a message? Was it my dad saying ‘hey’ from beyond? A special gift for me to celebrate another spring after a health scare in the fall? A little divine help in naming my wife’s new upcoming business venture? Or perhaps just a flower. Whatever the case, we are enjoying the mere fact of it’s existence.
To tell this story with a photograph I really needed to show the tulip small in the frame, illustrating it’s lonely position out in the middle of the otherwise unremarkable setting, however I couldn’t seem to figure out how to execute that in a satisfying fashion. I have thus gone macro to at least have a record of the special flower.
For some reason I remembered this particular image the other day, and thought I might make a post every now and then of a photo that I always liked, but never got any positive feedback on from my usual audience (family). Not a postcard scenic, or particularly revealing as a record shot, I suppose this is one just appealed to the photographer in me. These bright red streetlights are outside the Princess Wilderness Lodge just outside the entrance to Denali National Park in Alaska. I just liked the pattern they made against the mountain I guess, it probably helps that they were bright red. Man vs. Nature? A study in repeating shapes? Nonsense? I just like it, that’s all.
(Although I doubt if he will believe me, I would like to assure Ken that I was going to post this today before I saw he made a post about red. Just another eerie coincidence.)