Every now and then it is fun to go out and shoot on a Sunday. I set out with my photo buddy and friend Debra and set a target of Spring Mill State park. Never one to take the direct route I decided we would travel through some small Indiana towns. We visited a few towns but in Bedford, IN we made a right turn and just started driving and came into the industrial area of the town. Kind of creep and as I post more images you’ll see why. I could do a whole photo story on this town. We started out photographing rusty gas tanks, then rotting doors, then we stumbled upon this gigantic junkyard and it looked very apocalyptic. There were old cards, machines, and thousand of old military howitzer rounds. Then we found giant abandoned factories and some very different neighborhoods. In one neighborhood as we crossed the tracks we see this pickup just sitting in the grass, an old swing set and a sign next to the railroad tracks. Behind us was a house with kids toys all over that sat only six feet from the tracks. I shot an image above with the signs, truck and swing and then decided to enhance it a bit to give more the feel for what I was seeing there. I’ll be working on more images this week.
This has been an incredible week with the PODAS workshop. I head home today only to leave on Wednesday for Scotland. I tend to move around a lot. One of the things that is fun to do is shoot what we photographers term street photography and San Miguel is perfect for this. So much going on. This shot was made near the ATM machine of a woman who is obviously begging. You see this a lot in Mexico. Sad. I composed quickly got a few shots off and then made sure to give her some Pesos. The power is the face, and out reached hand. More images will be coning from this trip as I have time to work on them.
This year I missed Thanksgiving in the USA but enjoyed it down under in Austrailia. I am in Sydney now for a few days doing Phase One meetings and such and soon will be heading to New Zealand to lead the PODAS workshop there. I love Austrailia and the people. They are a lot of fun, always in a good mood and very accommodating to guests. On Thanksgiving my friend Bruce took several of us sailing and it is quite fun to sail in Sydney harbor seeing the opera house, sky line and the famous bridge. The shot above shows it all. Stay tuned over the next few weeks for more images from this trip.
In only three days I head out for a 21 day trip that will take me to Australia and then New Zealand. I’ll be leading a photo workshop in New Zealand for PODAS (www.podas.info). So, it has been a busy week prepping all the details for this trip that should yield some fantastic images. I’ll try to post images here as time and internet connections allow. Todays image is from the Neon Boneyard in Las Vegas. It is colorful and arty. I like the simple composition. If you visit Las Vegas you need to take atour of this place. it is where all the old signs in Vegas go when they die.
The Palouse is a beautiful place but takes on a whole different looks from the air. Today’s image was made from an airplane flying low in the Palouse to capture the texture and patterns of freshly harvested fields. This shot I love because of the dark brown colors from fields that were also just plowed. If you get the chance to go to the Plaouse make sure you take a one hour flight and you will be amazed.
Las Vegas is a great city and there is so much there it can overwhelm your senses. Once a year on one of my many trips there I visit the Neon Boneyard and have fun shooting images there. This is one I did playing with color and angles. Sometimes it is just good to go out and use the viewfinder to put a frame around something and explore through the viewfinder. When you see something that works (like this) you shoot the shot.
I have been looking at this image for a long time and it just keeps hitting me as a strong shot. Taken in San Miguel, Mexico while strolling the streets doing some street photography. The expression, clothing, color and light works well.
I have been editing my images (thousands) from the trip to the Palouse a few weeks ago. I came across this one and I think it say and describes what the Palouse is all about. What a beautiful place.
I have arrived in the Palouse. I picked up some of the instructors for the workshop and we went shooting. When in the Palouse sometimes it is the simple shot that just works. A week of photography in a beautiful area at harvest time. How cool is that!!!