When I was doing the Solace in Shadow and Fall Colors I also shot a bunch of random images that didn’t really connect to much. So I just threw them in this post instead of just wasting them. Nothing spectacular but they are interesting in their own ways. Enjoy.
Nothing like slipping in a Judas Priest reference! Of course, this is really stained glass but one can’t pass up naming a post like that, its like Houses of the Holy. You just have to do it. Plus with me being in the gallery it was likely bringing the class way down.
I do like stained glass and I have shot it a lot but have never been satisfied enough to share it. There was always something wrong with it on some level but this one I liked. The Ricoh GR was wide enough to get the glass and even with some lens distortion it captured it. The color is more-or-less straight out of the camera. Just some tweaking and good to go.
I am being sparse on the images because while I have been shooting, its on the new super double secret camera and not sure when I’ll get to those images but I promise a change up tomorrow with some other stuff I have shot recently.
I like taking pictures of the reflections I see in the glass in the various buildings around me. These shots were taken over a couple of days using the Sigma 60mm, Olympus 12-40, and Olympus 75mm. I also used my Olympus EM1 and my Olympus EM5 to get the shots. The biggest difference between the Olympus EM1 and the EM5 is that the EM1 has no anti-alias filter on it. If I look close I can tell which camera took which photo only because I know. If I asked someone else I doubt they could tell. In addition this is the first time I have shot a series in a while not plant related. It felt good to produce something that was more than a one off. The lake shots I took annoyed me so I have left them alone and will attempt to tackle them again when I am not so attached to them. Until then enjoy the glass and the buildings.
This one was the evening sky hitting the glass. I cheated a bit with the blue color in the glass but I knew the effect I wanted out of it.
This one almost didn’t make it. It’s got some flaw as the Sigma 60mm has some weird focus issues at time but I really like the sunset capturing the bottom right hand corner I just left it in the group.
This is a hotel near me. I saw the light hitting it one morning while I was putting fuel in my car and thought it would be a cool shot. So when I saw the light hitting it I had the cameras with me and just stopped and took the shot.
I just like how the building changes shape and how the light hits it one way and the clouds reflect the other way.
This is the same building as above but a different corner and I like how it just reflected back in on itself.
This is the reflection of the sister to the building above. This one sits 4 lanes away and acts as a mirror for anything across the street.
Same building as above but a different side. The storm was moving in and the wind was picking up as I shot this. Just loved how it caught the clouds.
I was having a zen like moment with the simplicity of the image. I could not figure out which version I liked better here so I’ll toss all three out. Two were shot at the same time just at a different angle which changed the light and the third was shot later in the day with more shadows. I didn’t stage this shot. The branch from the tree, the shadows falling on it and the pebble were just there as I walked to get into my car. Always having a camera on me allowed me to capture it. After the editing marathon of the last series this was a pleasant break to just do a quick edit and go with it. Colors are a bit more muted than my normal but again, its the basic harmony of the items before me.
Wrapping up the everyday. These are the final images that I really liked and loved how they turned out. These were all shot vertically and give them a sense of depth that you don’t always get with a horizontal image. The final two images were shot just before I left the hotel. I was walking from packing up the final bit of gear and saw the chair down an empty hall and thought it would be interesting. Then I saw the light just hitting a spot in the darkened hall so I dragged the chair out and framed the shot and metered it and fired away. Loved how the color of the chair and the shadows just contrast with the bright colors in the carpet. When I finished that I saw the piano shoved in a corner so I took the opportunity to shoot my right of passage for almost every photographer, the keyboard shot. Don’t worry, I’ll return to my usual crap photos tomorrow.
It looks like this will turn into a three part series. I had more images than a thought. I just want to say that this was one of the hardest things I have done in a long time. I have gotten good at shooting crap and not really thinking about it moving from one thing to another. This was the first time I stuck to an idea and kept at it. Looking at the common and everyday and going that will make a good picture. I also had to push myself to keep it in color. Some of these images would be amazing in black and white and I know it. Black and white hides a lot of flaws if you know what you are doing. My black and white editing juju is very strong. I also like black and white because it can show tones and textures. I tend to shoot and edit contrasty images to begin with and it has become my “signature” style. This works very well for black and white. So when I edited this batch I wanted to stay in color more to prove to myself that you could get tones and textures out of color as well. They aren’t all winners because the camera choked on noise but again, its about tones and colors and seeing the everyday. The black and white were technically flawless, the color not so much but enjoy.
PS – I seem to have a fetish for light fixtures and chairs as I discovered.
I get that this isn’t going to be in everyone’s tastes but I wanted to shoot the stuff I was seeing every day while I was out and about or staying at the hotel I was at. A few different cameras were used to do this and it was about tones and shadows. In part 2 I’ll switch it to color. I think sometimes as photographers that we look for the cool, the different, the whatever but if you just look around you can see some interesting stuff to shoot within 3 feet. Sure they aren’t awe inspiring images but they can be technically good images with lots of depth to them. This was more of a challenge to myself than anything else.
Finishing up the machine stuff. Don’t worry for those of you not fans of this stuff. I am traveling all next week so stuff is being preloaded. It will be a mixture of stuff I have shot over the last month or so with planes, flowers, landscapes, historical, and and a bunch of other stuff tossed in for fun. I should also be noted that my Instagram feed is getting updated daily as well with B shots or alternate edits. So do check it out.