I am thankful to have three street photography compositions selected for the nationally juried MEED3: When Photography Ruled the Street exhibition at Gallery 19 in Chicago. Juror Ahmed Ozsever is an interdisciplinary artist based in Chicago. The show opened July 12th and runs through August 2nd.
Winter 2018’s last stand has finally come and gone. The same could be said for this old southern barn and surrounding fields, currently being cleared for residential housing.
Most of the exterior wood of this old barn has already been removed and “upcycled” for use in rustic home furnishings and decor. I blogged about this last July in my Vanishing American Barns post, and featured this barn in a composition.
By keeping my POV out of the direct wind, my lens shade was able to keep the snow off my front lens element. Shooting at 1/320th just about froze the jumbo snowflakes greater than 10 feet (3 meters) out. As snowflakes got closer to the lens, more and more of a slight motion blur was introduced.
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When I originally photographed this stately Garnet Japanese Maple last November, I knew I would return in in winter to take some leafless, branching compositions. When I did eventually return, it was actually the second day of spring, which coincided with a snow shower.
These compositions are best viewed by clicking on an image to see a high resolution version (you’ll appreciate the snow flakes). I do believe warm weather will eventually return!
Local snow, sleet and slush, and an extended lunch break, offered an opportunity for some interesting urban cityscape compositions in downtown Greensboro. It’s interesting how snow can abstract both landscape and cityscape compositions.
In the first composition above, I originally intended to execute a straight monochrome approach. When I did however, the yellow center line lost a lot of it’s visual impact. So I decided to keep it in as a spot color.
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Last Monday, just a few days after my first visit to the the farm, we received a few inches of snow in town. Tuesday morning I worked from home. It was overcast, but the forecast called for partly cloudy skies by noon. My plan was to visit the farm again on my way in to work. The timing was important to get the best possible clouds and overall lighting (considering my time limitations and real job as an IT project manager).
I pretty much followed the same path from my earlier visit; but because of the snow, lighting and related time of day, this visit presented a fresh set of photographic opportunities. Because of the much wider dynamic range, processing this set of images took more time to make judgements about shadows, mid tones and highlights. I also struggled with cropping decisions on several images. For example, the Second Shed Doorway image was originally cropped tightly around the door. I felt it was a powerful image; but also had a hard time cropping out extended wood textures and the vine growing up towards the roof. All images were processed with Alien Skin’s Expsosure 7 software with a Panatomic-X emulation filter. On the back-lit image, I backed off the grain density to 70% to keep the grain form getting too clumpy in the darker shadow areas. I hope you enjoy the images in this post.