Every now and then my friend Debra and I get in the car on a Sunday morning and decide if we are going to go North, South East or West. Once decided we head off to that direction with the ipad for mapping and we target backroads and small towns. We are looking for the unusual, the abandoned, the rusty and the interesting people that present themselves alone the way. There is a lot of “did you see that?”, or “stop”, “turn around”. Last Sunday was a gold mine for us as we visited a few towns within driving distance of home. This image was made a gigantic train yard that has seen its better days in Franfort, IN. This old abandoned train round house. I like this image as it kind of shows loneliness and the clouds and BW treatment add to the drama. More images will be coming form this train yard.
One of the major attraction in Iceland is Gullfoss which is a large really cool waterfall. Typically when I travel and photograph in Iceland I like to go where others don’t go or at least try to see the place and image differently. well Gullfoos is no different. Buses of tourist show up here and most of the time we avoid this place like the plague. But, we had sometime and decided to at least stop and admire this cool place. I decided to try and shoot it differently . I used my Olympus OMD5 and did a series of bracketed exposures and then worked them in post processing. I ended up with a different kind of prehistoric gritty look. Works for me.
Staying with my style from this trip to Iceland I am staying with BW images. This was shot with a 55mm lens on a Phase One DF+ with an IQ260 digital back. I converted it to BW in post processing.
I am heading off to Iceland for my fourth trip tomorrow. This is one of my favorite places to photograph. As a fine art landscape photographer I know of no place that offers such stunning beauty no mater what season it is. This trip will be nice as it is the first one where I won’t be going in summer months. It will be cold, maybe snowy and best of all there will be darkness. In June and during the summer there is 24 hours of light. This also means I’ll be able to shoot the northern lights with the NEW Phase One IQ260 camera. So stay tuned. I”ll update the blog as often as internet connections allow. This shot is from one of the many waterfalls that I converted to B&W. After the many trips I have made there I try to make things look different.
Here is another Black & White image from Monument Valley. Now that I am in some serious image editing I am discovering all sorts of jewels.
A number of years ago I decided to head out for a weekend adventure up the west coast of Michigan. I thought I would shoot sleepy little villages and lighthouses. As I was driving up the Blue Star Highway I saw this ship off to my left. I stopped and shot it and have been doing so until last Summer when they took the ship to Canada to refurbish it and make it a museum. I also discovered a wonderfully peaceful town there Saugutuck. This is an artsy village with bed and breakfasts places, galleries and a unique charm. Put it on your must visit list.
One of the most amazing places I have visited has been the outback in Australia. When I visited we a place and stayed at a small post called Glen Helen. From there we ventured off into the bush. This was hot in the bush as they would say. I loved the way it turned out in B&W. The trees are gum trees. Shot with a Phase One IQ 180.
I live in Indianapolis and like a lot of the US we are just dying in a major heat wave that will not go away. Temperatures are forecasted in the 100 plus range for the next two days. So, I am sending cold thoughts and will publish nothing but ice shots until this weather breaks. This is an iceberg from Antarctica.
While out shooting during the PODAS workshop the sky turned real dramatic. Photographers love skies like this. We were at an old silver mining town long abandoned and as I looked at this one building the sky just opened up and blessed me with what I call god rays.
I keep coming back to Olympic National Park. Have done a number of trips there and I will be leading a workshop there this fall. While most people see this ridge called Hurricane Ridge from the parking lot, I decided to see a ridge I saw off in the distance and thus traveled a very rough road out to a farther ridge. along the way on the top of the ridge were testaments to the battle trees fight to make their stance on this ridge. There are small hearty evergreens with deep roots and then there are the ones like in this photo that fought the battle and lost. Now they are at the mercy of the winds and nature and while dead take on a whole new look as natures wears them down.
There is no hiding it, I am an Apple fan. I love their products, have Apple stock (bought a number of years ago YES!), and I love their stores. It’s an amazing sight to see when visiting a mall or other location and to see an Apple Store. There are always a crowd of people in these stores. There are no cash registers, You can touch and play with any product you like and there are some real helpful people to answer questions. What is really great though is the bold architecture, especially at their super stores. the design is gorgeous with lots of glass and chrome. This shot was done at the New York store looking up under the glass staircase into the glass cube. The color shot os nice but for some reason I thought this B&W shot works best.
On one of our landings in Antarctica we came across this old abandoned and falling apart boat and there were a few penguins next to it. I shot quickly as the penguins were busy and had someplace to go. I saw this image in my library the other day and decide i liked it but I should do something to give it an old look. Using SnapSeed on the MAc I did some adjustments to get to this. Now the image kind of goes with the boat and the whole feel of being old and abandoned.