I get the urge for going
But I never seem to go
I get the urge for going
When the meadow grass is turning brown
Summertime is falling down and winter is closing in
Even though we are on our third day of 60 degree plus weather the Winter Solstice is only 33 days away and this song has been appearing in my mental playlist more and more frequently.
The sky has been spring beautiful for the most part these last few days and the Pro HDR app on my phone called to me and I answered.
I borrowed an Olympus OM-D E-M5 from a friend and spent much of the day playing with it. I have never shot with a mirrorless camera before and wanted to get a sense of how they perform. Do they reach the heights of a high-end DSLR? No, but once I learn what I am doing, I think it will perform wonderfully and it is so small in comparison.
Ah well, I digress. Ailsa’s theme this week is height. So, for my first pass I decided to hold myself to pictures I took today with the Olympus. Some may be pushing the theme a bit.
So, you could say that the sun is low in the sky and yet it is a great height above us.
I am high above this young soccer player.
How does the camera look?
As always, here are some other views.
Travel Theme: Height | Ese’ s Voice
Weekly Travel Theme: Height | wordsvisual
Travel theme: High | Through the Eye of Bastet
Travel Theme: High | Patchwork Ponderings
Travel Theme: Height | This, that and the other thing
Where’s My BackPack Travel Theme Photo: Height | fathersunny
Travel theme: Height | Cee’s Photography
“I cannot cure myself of that most woeful of youth’s follies — thinking that those who care about us will care for the things that mean much to us.”
I have a photograph that I took on April 28, 2011 that I love. If you recall that year from April 25- 28, the US from Texas to the New York and then up to Southern Canada had 358 reported tornadoes in that period. Apparently the worst 4 days for tornadoes in weather history.
Anyway, I was out walking the river on the 28th when a powerful storm blew up. The sky and water turned a very peculiar color which is, I think, one reason people don’t like the picture. Here it is, just as it came out of the camera. No processing at all. Thoughts?
A few days ago I was in Riverside Park and down by the river looking for spring. I didn’t find it but I did find these.
Tall and Tan and Young and Handsome
Love is in the concrete
Looking over the water
Ailsa’s travel theme this week is up. I had hoped to go deep into the files for this one but, no such luck. I know I have prints of many places and ideas that fit the theme but I could not find them. It did make me realize though that my preference, is for me to get up as high as possible and shoot down. I can’t say why that is so but it was an interesting thing to observe. All of the shots used for this post are from 2013.
Apropos of nothing, a lovely lagniappe of my day was the chance to have a drink with Andra Watkins, The Accidental Cootchie Mama her own bad self, and her charming and erudite husband, MTM. They are in NYC on business and were kind enough to call me and spend some time.
Up we go:
A few other points of view
Adventures We Seek
Artifacts and Fictions
Around The World
“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world”
Went to the eye doctor today. Had been feeling like I needed a new prescription especially on the close vision. Well, I most certainly do need new glasses. My near vision has moved the visual equivalent of a full f/stop but my distance vision has only deteriorated slightly. So I am trying to slide by with new reading glasses.
Funny thing. I had shot many pictures on the 1st which I had already looked at and rated for focus, exposure, framing and so on. Looked through them again with the new glasses. Now sometimes I want tight focus and sometimes I want soft but Uh oh! It seems that I have been rejecting shots that I believed they were not crisply in focus that actually had perfectly tight focus. Conversely some shots I thought were nice tight focus are actually soft. I wonder if discovering 20/20 vision again will change the work I produce?
“I never considered a difference of opinion, in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.”
(Thanks to Seasweetie’s Pages for the quote)
Took a long walk on the river yesterday. It was a nice day. I took a number of shots with my DSLR but also a few with the iPhone. I ran this one through Snapseed. I really like that little app.
I took this picture on 11/14/11. The deserted power plant in Yonkers.
I really liked the image but when I took it of my memory card, it wasn’t quite what I had seen/shot So I started to work on it.
First a small crop to get rid of the distractions out of the frame.
After a couple of weeks I felt that I had succeeded to the best of my ability.
I looked at it six months ago and realized I didn’t like it that much. After 6 months work I have come up with this..
more to do I think…
Decided to take a second pass at Ailsa’s Travel theme of soft (other entries may be seen here). This is not my usual style but I like it.
Shot at 6:45 AM on October 21, 2011.
Tech Talk Time:
1/15 of a second
I worked on it a bit in Lightroom. The main changes were dropping the exposure a stop and a half, soften the contrast and de-saturating. A few other small tweaks but that is about it.