While Noodling My Way Home… August 2, 2011Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.
Tags: Canon 24mm TS-EII lens, Elliot, Joe pie weed, purple lustrife, queen anne's lace, tilt-shift photography, Williamstown
I accidentally (sorta) went West to Williamstown, lured by tumultuous skies and a bad case of Latent Photo Wood.
Anyway, conditions looked right for a shoot, so I affixed Elliot to my box and got jiggy wit it. It was windy as hell (is hell windy??) so I eschewed the tripod, figuring the world was shaking faster than I ever would, and snapped one off at 7 degrees of tilt:
Spotted Joe Pie weed below a shoulder of Mount Greylock.
And Queen Anne’s Lace in a cornfield nearby, presenting its umbels in a sufficiently planar way to suggest a tilt-shift take:
Purple lustrife, the little invasive bastards, illuminated a view of cornfields and clouds:
All of these are hand-held and wingin’ it, panning about to plant that plane of sharp focus on something I knew the name of, except for this one, which was tripod-mounted and grad filtered (albeit hand-held) and swung about eight degrees right:
I dug the densely algied surface of that swamp, and managed to get the Lustrife and snags dialed in fairly sharply.
Gawd, I loves me some Elliot!
Then, alas, it was homeward through a driving rain to not mow the lawn.
Funny how that worked out…
Falling Waters. June 17, 2011Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.
Tags: Black Brook, Canon 24mm TS-EII lens, clover, Mount Toby, rain, Savoy, Sunderland, tilt-shift photography, waterfalls, wildflowers
It’s been a rainy week here in Western Massachusetts. Not full-on rainy, but rather, storms blowing through most days:
Lots of these anvil-shaped summer storms, lots of morning fogs. Lots for the farmers to be thankful for as the planting season swings into high gear:
Streams which are frequently dry this time of year are cascading down from the hills:
…turning things pretty verdant:
Those last two shots were taken on Mount Toby in Sunderland; the next two are of Black Brook in Savoy:
…on a rainy afternoon after work:
Beyond the forest’s edge, the flowers of the fields soaked it up, exploding in riots of color:
…with daisies reaching up past red and yellow hawkweeds and clovers, toward the eventual sun breaking through steely skies:
If we get a modicum of sun over the next few weeks, this will be a stellar growing season.
But then, this is New England, so we’ll get what we get.
Thanks to Elliot for most of these shots, and Ollie for the rest.
Noho Arroyo. March 26, 2011Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.
Tags: arroyo, Canon 24mm TS-EII lens, corn fields, Northampton, tilt-shift photography
Every once in a while an image appears to me which seems like it’s more representative of some place other than Western Massachusetts. That happened last evening while mucking through the now-drying cornfields of southeastern Northampton.
Here’s a shot which, had it been on a grander scale, might have been taken in the American West:
I was cruising for a sunset which didn’t really materialize, but one takes what one can get, no?
Courtesy of Elliot, my TS-EII lens.