Jul 31 2009

Light and shadow

Sometimes a picture works out even though it has no business doing so.  This one is a case in point.  The light and shadow are backwards.  That is, with the sun behind me there’s no way the nearer object should be in shadow while the far one is in light.

I was standing on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in the early morning, trying to figure out how to get a decent image of a landscape so vast, one we’ve all seen in plenty of pictures that can’t possibly convey its size and beauty.  The sun was peeking in and out from behind lots of big puffy clouds that were moving rapidly across the sky.

As I looked out over this fin of rock with a tree growing in the middle of it, the light was coming from over my shoulder.  There was virtually no contrast between the fin and the rock wall behind it, but I snapped off a couple frames anyway.  Pretty boring.

Then the clouds shifted, leaving the fin in shadow while bathing the far wall in light.  One shutter click was all I had time for, but luckily that was enough.

Jul 30 2009

Bubala's by the Bay

This was definitely not the photo I was planning to post next (possibly not ever), but after hearing an NPR story this morning about a series of murder mysteries set in Provincetown, I had to do it.

If you haven’t been to Provincetown, listen to this NPR piece and you will feel like you’ve been there.  If you know the place, close your eyes and you’ll be transported.

I’ve got lots of pictures of the tide flats and sand dunes around P-town, but not so many in the town itself.  I usually don’t shoot street scenes, and I don’t usually shoot at night — when things are really hopping there.

Last year we went on a sunset whale watch (I’ll probably get around to posting some whale photos), which is why I had my camera with me when we landed at Bubala’s for dinner long after dark.  So I thought I might as well try some shots I wouldn’t usually take.

Bubala’s By the Bay, like Provincetown itself, works on several different levels.  It’s open all the way from breakfast through late night jazz.  The outdoor patio is definitely a place to see and be seen; the indoors is not exactly sedate but that’s where you’re more likely to see families with kids.  (And when you do, don’t get all hung up on trying to fit them into the one mom/one dad mold — it ain’t gonna happen.  This is P-town, after all.)

Jul 29 2009

Open that door and come on in…

Welcome!  Make yourself at home and look around… and pardon the mess; things are still a little under construction here.doors - Curacao

I’ve finally decided to make the leap and get a little more serious about photography, and so I’d like to share some of my images with you.

My plan is to post my favorite photos, along with a bit of reflection about the place, the process, or what I was trying to do — I’ll let you be the judge of whether I achieved it or not.  I welcome your comments and feedback.