Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Keep On Trucking

Today's photo was taken while at the pumpkin patch a few weeks ago. I love that place. There are so many great photo opportunities. I wish I could have stayed to explore for hours, but I was with the kids, and they didn't find the compositional possibilities nearly as interesting as I did.

This is another Picasa grayscale conversion. I put it in black and white for a few reasons. I didn't like the picture very much, so I tried two things I always try when faced with an image that is "close but no cigar": I cropped it and I took the colour out of it. Both techniques were effective. When in colour, I found the buildings on the horizon to be a mild distraction. Also, I had trouble seeing Mount Baker in the distance until I changed it to b&w.

The horizon was tricky to get straight. I think that the curve of the tall grass in the foreground plays tricks on the eyes, causing me to think that the horizon isn't straight. I checked it with Picasa's awesome straightening tool, and it is indeed straight. While we are on the topic of lines, I like the layers of lines throughout the depth of the field. The parallel shapes of the mountain, the building below it, and the angle on the back of the truck also add an interesting element to the image.

I left a lot of negative space in the sky for a reason. I hope it gives the viewer the same feeling of freedom that I felt while standing in that field. Thanks for the encouraging comments on yesterday's post. It was indeed a reflection of a tree, in all its green and golden glory.

Canon PowerShot S2 IS, 22mm, f/8, 1/250 sec, ISO 50


Anonymous Laurie said...

This is really nice. I like the grass in the forground it looks so soft. The mountain is phantom like since it is shrouded in haze. Really nice image.

3:21 PM, October 25, 2006  
Blogger micki said...

That old truck is fantastic! I hope you were able to get more shots of it. Mount Baker is beautiful! Nice composition, Tim!

3:17 AM, October 26, 2006  
Blogger Stardog Champion said...

I don't know. For some reason this shot doesn't work for me. I like the idea, and the truck certainly is cool, but it looks like it's sinking in the grass. Plus the way it's framed so that it's leaving the shot seems to detract a bit. Maybe if you caught it entering the shot it might have been better.

(I know, it's easy to criticize other peole's work. Now if only I could shoot as well as I criticise ;)

6:09 AM, October 26, 2006  
Anonymous unklrbrt said...

Hi Timmybomb,

I wasn't sure about this shot untill I opened up the larger photo, then I really liked it.

For some reason B&W photos present much better w/ a white mat framing (at least for me).

I can see what you mean about the horizon - I think the truck contributes to the illusion - but this is not a bad thing, because it makes the veiwer really look around at the photo.

Definitely a keeper & one for the book!

I also think that yesterdays abstract was pretty good. Abstracts are something that I want to work more on for my own photography.


11:15 AM, October 27, 2006  
Anonymous Steve W said...

A very good shot and looks magnificent when shown full screen. This would make a wonderful print.

9:48 AM, November 27, 2006  
Anonymous ana said...

oh, this is a great shot, and I love the tones. I'm confused about the skyline on the right. Mountains???

4:44 AM, December 07, 2006  

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