Tuesday, June 06, 2006

I don't do mornings...

Although you are reading this on Tuesday, I am writing it on Monday afternoon. I'm am writing it now because tomorrow morning I am driving to Bethany's parents' house in Portland. My intention is to leave really early in the morning. Really early.

I have been talking about early morning photography for a really long time, but I've never really done it. I got up at five once, when we went to the tulip festival, but we didn't start taking photos until closer to seven. Tomorrow I intend to wake up just after 3am. Sick, eh?

The famous Uncle Robert remarked to me last month that there are millions of sunset pictures, but a comparatively tiny number of sunrise photos. The implication, of course, was that it's much harder to be awake when the sun comes up. I'm finally going to try it, and I'm going to do it in Washington where the good barns are. Then I can photograph these barns in the supposed excellent lighting conditions that exist at that unholy hour.

The photo that I have posted is a representation of how I feel when awakened at an inconvenient hour. Believe it or not, this home is in our neighbourhood, only a few blocks from our home. It struck me as very odd, because we live in a decent neighbourhood, in a city that is seeing unprecedented construction of new dwellings. It seems strange that such a decrepit building could be left standing as the rest of the city is surging into the future...

Canon PowerShot S2 IS, 14mm, f/6.3, 1/80 sec, ISO 50


Blogger Brent Vermilyea said...

Very nicely done. This is like a vertical still out of a horror film. There's much to love about this image, and I think you pulled it off extremely well. Way to really shake things up, buddy! Excellent. Cheers, Brent

12:37 AM, June 06, 2006  
Anonymous faustina said...

I love this shot. It is so gloomy, and yes like a horror film in a way.

Good luck the the AM stuff. I would love to be able to get out in the morning but it's pretty hard taking pictures with a 1 year old wo won't sit still! I look forward to seeing what you come up with :)

4:02 AM, June 06, 2006  
Blogger Ash said...

Looks like a spooky haunted house!

Excellent image, though!

4:57 AM, June 06, 2006  
Blogger Laurie said...

Love it! The tones are perfect for this subject. The sky sets it off really well too. Great job!

I do get up very early every day; between 5-5:30 am, but I still cannot get out that early to get shots very often. I am too busy getting the kids out the door for school or to their activities on the weekends. It's rare for me to be able to get any shots before 8 am. School lets out in about 2 weeks for the summer so maybe then.

5:03 AM, June 06, 2006  
Blogger Kris said...

er..the house could do with a little paint job! otherwise, I think you've got a GOOD SHOT of that time of the day ..Like it!

and you make me wanna wake up at 3am tomorrow , seriously !

5:06 AM, June 06, 2006  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

Very nice shot with muted colors and gloomy atmosphere. Sunrise pictures are hard to get up for, but very much worth it.

5:36 AM, June 06, 2006  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

This is amazing Tim!!! These are the shots that are unique and atmospheric. Despite its obvious state, this is a great house! The potential...wow.

6:33 AM, June 06, 2006  
Blogger Stardog Champion said...

Cool stuff! The black clouds really add a chilling atmosphere with that old, abandoned-looking house. Great framing too!

7:37 AM, June 06, 2006  
Blogger Natalie said...

A nice moody picture. Well done.

8:02 AM, June 06, 2006  
Anonymous Suby said...

Lovely lovely great shot. Shows your mood doesn't it? :)

The fact you cropped of the left side of the house actually works for this shot.

Good one bro.


8:06 AM, June 06, 2006  
Blogger Don said...

An impressive, moody shot. Perfect for a gloom and doom movie set! Well done. Let us know how the early morning stuff went.

9:51 AM, June 06, 2006  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...


10:38 AM, June 06, 2006  
Blogger Jasp said...

So...you feel run down... spooky... or just grey ?

11:33 AM, June 06, 2006  
Blogger micki said...

Love this shot!

I hope the sunrise was worth getting up early for this morning!

12:00 PM, June 06, 2006  
Anonymous deji77 said...

Very lovely shot Timmybomb.
The vertical orientation and the very tight cropping all enhance the dark mood of the picture. :D
The house does look and feel scary and haunted.

1:15 PM, June 06, 2006  
Blogger Fraser said...

Definitely dreary!

7:47 PM, June 06, 2006  
Anonymous unklrbrt said...

Great shot Timmybomb!!
The clouds are great & the lighting is perfect for the subject.

You are surpassing yourself - think about it.

SO, what time did you leave for oregano?


9:32 PM, June 06, 2006  
Blogger Yanik said...

Very very moody!!! Cant wait to see those sunrise shots....Dont tell us you didnt wake up....

11:04 PM, June 06, 2006  
Anonymous Suby said...


3:04 AM, June 07, 2006  
Blogger Tony said...

great pic, you can feel the pressure of the weather over head..

hope the trip is good


7:55 AM, June 07, 2006  
Anonymous My Camera Eye said...

Man, you had a good eye when you shot this. The sky looks pissed off and ready to lash out upon that poor wretched house! Nice catch! P.S. Added you to my links area on my site. It would be great if you'd do the same for me.


6:07 PM, June 07, 2006  
Blogger Ptelea said...

I love this photo. I have spent time in Seattle and this is how houses a 'little past their prime' look. I imagine the moss even though this is b&w. We have nothing like this in the Denver area - we are just too dry.

I specialize in sunrises - get up at 5 almost every morning. Lately though the sunsets have been more beautiful than the sunrises. It is kind of hard to switch.

10:08 PM, June 07, 2006  
Blogger Azhar said...

Colour conversion is fantastic, loving the scary look.

5:09 AM, June 09, 2006  
Anonymous Still said...

I like a lot your B&W for its moving ambience...

12:35 PM, June 09, 2006  
Blogger siege2050 said...

This is a really good photo. The sky looks like it matches the mood of the place. Kinda spooky but beautiful.

10:38 PM, June 09, 2006  
Anonymous MrC said...

WOW! great shote mate .. so so moody!!

10:55 PM, June 14, 2006  
Anonymous Joann said...

Very cool shot! Love the desaturated colors and stormy looking sky. Another stand out!

1:28 AM, June 20, 2006  

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