Last year around this time I posted a “Ford Shoots Chevy” photo from the Blacktop Nationals car show. This year it was a Ford that had the best hubcap for a self portrait. So there you have it!
The recent car show in Wichita was actually sponsored in large part by the Ford Motor Company. Since my last name is Ford, I thought about trying to pass myself off as somebody from corporate headquarters. I am either too shy, honest, or chicken to have tried that – but oh, how amusing it could have been, at least until they called security.
This is a little self portrait, reflected in a shiny Chevy hupcap. A high percentage of the cars on display were Chevy’s. I have no explanation.
Fall color is finally showing up in south central Kansas. I visited a favorite local park over the weekend to see what I could see.
I had an image from my foggy morning photo session awhile back that I never quite knew what to do with. It was the reflection of trees in a mirror smooth pond. It occurred to me that I could try something along the lines I remember Ken Bello doing on his blog , a mirror image. A reflected view of the reflection, on top of the reflection. That’s not confusing at all! Sometimes I think this pursuit of photography is all done with smoke and mirrors anyway, I suppose this is my tribute to that concept.
The response to yesterday’s miracle post, which got me “Freshly Pressed” (thanks WordPress!) was a bit overwhelming. I’d like to thank everyone who took the time out of their day to take a look, and especially those who left comments. Sprinkled throughout the commentary were a few opinions that the HDR on yesterday’s image was overdone, or too saturated etc. I understand. While the general public seemed to like what they saw, HDR can make the more serious photographer’s noses turn up, especially when it is perceived to be overdone. I get it, and that is an entirely valid point of view. For those purists who wanted to see a more normal looking view of yesterdays scene, today I offer a .jpg practically right out of the camera. This is the same hillside and lake from yesterday’s post.
The dynamic range of the whole scene from yesterday’s image was way beyond anything the camera could handle in one exposure, the correct exposure on the trees resulted in a totally blown out sky (and the sky’s reflection in the foreground). The only way to have created yesterday’s image was either with HDR, or some major filter work with a neutral density grad. That would have been especially problematic due to the fact that it was not just the sky needing tamed, but the sky’s reflection in the foreground. If there are any skilled landscape photographers out there reading this, maybe you have an alternative, I’d be interested in learning. In a future post I may illustrate what I’m trying to convey here by posting the 3 original exposures I used to create the HDR I will probably do that if I sense anyone is interested in ‘how the sausage is made’ so to speak. Thanks again to wordpress for finding yesterday’s post as worthy, and to all of you for visiting.
Sometimes you get lucky. My wife and I were driving from Acadia National Park on the Maine coast to Woodstock, Vermont. I had researched the heck out of both those locations, but didn’t know much about what lay between. We were very tired, on a seemingly endless secondary highway winding it’s way generally westward. This was a remote area, towns and businesses were few and far between. Eventually it became clear that a….ummm…..’rest stop’ was needed. I parked on the highway shoulder as safely as possible, walked about 20 feet from the car, and there it was….a mirror smooth lake reflecting a hillside of spectacular fall foliage. I set up the tripod and shot a few bracketed sets of exposures, one set of which was combined using Photomatix software into the HDR image above. Google Earth provided me with the name of the lake – Lower Baker Pond. Sometimes you get lucky, just make sure you have your camera ready.