Here’s yet another example of finding an older photo and seeing it in a different light for the first time. And this time this one has quickly turned into one of my all-time favorites. In color this shot was nice, but… meh. In black and white it popped, and I couldn’t stop staring at it… or should I say ‘staring INTO it’? That’s the key here, the image draws you in and you can’t help but look all the way down to the end, trying to look even farther. The combination of the starkness and simplicity of the black and white, the symmetry, along with the lines leading… pulling… you in is simply incredible. This will end up on my wall, somewhere.
This is the railroad bridge that leads to the Quaker Oats plan in downtown Cedar Rapids over the Cedar River. It is “unsecured”, as in no gates or barriers into the plant, but rumor has it that if you even set foot on the bridge as it heads over the water you will be greeted by a couple burly security guards from the other end, and will be not-so-kindly warned and escorted back to where you came from.
I also like how the plant and the sign itself peeks out from the side, providing context.
This was taken a few years ago one evening as part of another photo shoot sponsored by my photo club. Something that I probably never would have done on my own. An active and pro-active photo club can be an invaluable resource.
Our trip is getting closer. Next month, now. Here is another shot from 2008 that I took on Council Lake in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (UP). A good reflection is always a nice sight. Almost as awe-inspiring as a good silhouette, but not quite.
We will be doing the UP again, and we are definitely excited about that, but we will also be doing the northwest coast of the southern peninsula, focusing (no pun intended) on the Michigan state highways M-22 and M-119. The photos I have seen of these areas are truly awe-inspiring, to use that phrase again.
We’re still discussing the particulars, but it’s looking like we’ll be focusing… there’s that pun again… on a couple areas in particular and not just zooming through in an effort to rack up empty miles.
I probably won’t be posting during the trip, but I will probably be posting more than usual for the few weeks afterward. I’ll have a lot to talk about, I’m sure.
I have been a bad photographer. I blew off my photo club meeting today. (I had too much ‘at home’ stuff that needed to get done.) But, that doesn’t mean a good photo club isn’t worth one’s time or effort. Far from it.
I belong to the Linn Area Photo Club (LAPC) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. We strive to be an educational and teaching club, and we do a pretty good job of that, in my opinion. Almost every meeting has an educational aspect of some kind. We have contests, too, of course, but unlike many clubs contests are not our primary focus (no pun intended).
We also have “photo shoots”, or outings where we get together as a group and go shoot a specific place or event. In January we visited the Hawkeye Model Railroad Club in Coralville, Iowa. It was super cold out, so the indoor shoot was most welcome. The people were very friendly and accommodating, and it was a great deal of fun.
This photo is one of mine from that shoot. I spent a lot of time doing “low depth-of-field” shots like this, and I wished I still had my tilt-shift lens, but I still got some very nice shots. I hope you enjoy it.