Went to my photo club meeting today. The guest presenter talked a lot about Midwest photography and their sentiment regarding it, and so on. Two of his preferences were to 1) have big skies in his photos, and 2) he really liked stormy weather and big clouds. Sun ray through the clouds always being an added bonus, of course. For some unknown reason I do not have many big sky photos. I may have to change that. And I know that I do not have any severe weather photos. I may fix that, too.
This particular photo is probably as close as they come. The weather was harsher than the photo suggests, but the clouds were more complete in coverage, hence the solid wall effect. I really like this photo… there’s a cropped panorama version, too… for the feeling it evokes. There’s a sense of cold and stark loneliness. The trees on a ridge by themselves, no one daring to go out there for any reason. It’s good when a photo evokes feeling. This photo was shot near Ely, Iowa.
Footnote: It will take some time to catch up all my photos with the new logo.
Yesterday was a rainy and windy day. Missy and I had been planning a road trip for over a week. I had decided that I wanted to look and try to find some wildflowers and/or prairie that might make a good shot. We decided to take the road trip in spite of the weather. Packed up the car, packed up the gear, packed up Wesley, packed up Missy, and off we went, into the wilds of Iowa.
We didn’t take a single shot, it was too rainy and windy, but that didn’t matter. We found a really cool old cemetery in Rochester Township near Tipton. It was a very charming place, both old and new, and still maintained. If a cemetery can be charming, this was it. We did stop and look and scout, and Wesley had a great time… especially when we visited Missy’s work and dogs are allowed. It was still a fun day and we made plans to go back when the weather is better. It takes only about 45 minutes to get there.
Since we didn’t take photos I don’t have a new one to share, but I will post some when we go back. The photo here is a sunset photo in Des Moines from a couple years ago during another road trip.
Another information source for the cemetery can be found here.
In my continuing quest to go through old photos and update my website and selection, I took this never-before-published photo and worked it out as a panorama. I took this nine years ago… on 8/8/08… and another shot has always been one of my favorites. I love the reflection of the sunset on the clouds, and the old windmill in silhouette. As I was set up taking shots I still remember a car driving by, slowing to look at what I was looking at, and giving me a smile and a ‘thumbs up’.
Is it obvious that this scene was the inspiration for my logo?
Anyway, as I was reprocessing the other photo I looked through the others and this one intrigued me. The upper sky was open and plain and boring so I didn’t know what to do with it. It had never occurred to me to make this one a panorama… until last night.
The other photo I processed to have the silhouette and foreground areas to be more of a stark black, but I allowed a bit of color… the foreground greens… to come out in this one. I like the effect. It’s still dark in those areas, but is also a bit more natural.
This photo is almost like “photo nirvana” to me. It has all the elements that appeal to me… panorama, silhouette, sunset, low-light. What could be better?