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That Golden Hour. March 21, 2011

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Not all light is created equal, and views of the Great Outdoors change dramatically throughout the day.

Most photographers (I’m told) like the long, low rays bracketing sunrise and sunset, with some of the blue light spectrum filtered out by the greater amount of atmosphere the light passes through to reach our eyes.  These “Golden Hours” provide warmth, depth and drama, even here in Western Massachusetts where the landscapes are unremarkable.

Here’s a shot of the Deerfield river in East Charlemont, benefiting from the effects of the Golden Hour:

That’s the same spot where I caught the freight train in post-precipitation fog a little while back, and the result is entirely different (Duh! )

A Quickie. July 25, 2010

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An afternoon rain brought cooler temps this evening, perfect for getting out with The Box.

Black spruces in evening light:

This was taken up at The Patten in Shelburne, looking north as the sun was seriously contemplating setting.

Hope your weekend was relaxing.


With And Without. May 18, 2009

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Here’s a shot I took at the end of the day, when the light was just skipping across the surface of things.  There were these odd, bud-like wildflowers rising on elegant stalks in this cemetery up in the hills, and I had to pull over and try to get that image.  Sorry to not know the mame of the wildflower (though “weed” would be widely accepted for such an unknown species.)  I’ll look it up.

Anyway, the photo did indeed capture the drama inherent in the light:


and I dug it.

But I’ve lately been playing with my images a bit, and in particular, I’ve been sadisticly  enjoying stripping them of a goodly amount of their colour, rendering them “washed;” not black and white, but drained of their messy reality and rendered as ghost/surrogate images, with a different feel and intent:


I like this effect; it seems to pare things down to their skeletal forms without losing all attachment to reality.

Let me know if I overdo it with this technique – I’m trying to keep it to situations where it’s actually a value-added thing rather than just another way to look at a photo.