POTD: Forgotten

Title and Location

Forgotten

Location: Somewhere in Missouri
Camera: Phase One P65+, Cambo RS, Rodenstock HR32
Settings: f/16, ISO 50, 2.5 sec
When: Winter 2011

The job of a nature photographer is combining subject, light and weather into a 2-dimensional scene the expresses a mood or tells a story.  While I enjoy photographing scenes that tell a happy story or brighten spirits, some of my most rewarding images are those that evoke an emotion in the viewer.  “Forgotten” is a special image that folks in my part of the country really relate to.

Almost every person native to the midwest either lived or had a relative who lived on a small farm. A simple lifestyle of hard work, home cooked meals and family was predominate not that many years ago.  Unfortunately, this style of living has almost disappeared from the fabric of this area but not the good memories.

Faith and I flew past this location on our way home from a failed outing scouting a prairie in southwest Missouri.  The fantastic oak tree caught my eye and I turned the jeep around to investigate.  After scouting a half-dozen compositions I waited an hour or so for the light to become golden then exposed two 3×4 images by shifting the back 15mm from side to side creating this panoramic view of a lifestyle long “Forgotten”.

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POTD: Fishing on the Edge

Title and Location

Fishing on the Edge

Location: Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Camera: Phase One P30+, Mamiya 645D, 55-110mm
Settings: f/11, ISO 400, 1/125 sec
When: November 2011

Cape Hatteras is the most easterly portion of the eastern seaboard.   This location is unique in that storm currents from the north naturally flow in a southerly direction while storm currents from the south flow in a northerly direction.  These storm currents collide off the coast of Hatteras Island.  Fish get carried along by the currents as well which makes for great fishing.

The fishermen were congregated at the point where the waters collide.  I took several photographs and stitched them into a unique panoramic image of fisherman, choppy waters and stormy skies.

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POTD: Autumn Falls

Title and Location

Autumn Falls

Location: Looking Glass Falls, North Carolina
Camera: Mamiya 645D, Phase One P30+, Mamiya 28mm
Date: October 2010

Looking Glass Falls is located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Pisgah National Forest of North Carolina.

When photographing waterfalls I try to include the surrounding topography which I feel gives waterfalls more character.  A static portrait style photograph gets old pretty quick.  After all, it is the surrounding scenery that makes each one so unique.

After working close to the waterfall and not feeling much inspiration we ventured downstream where the water flowing over the rocks drew my attention.

Using the 28mm I was able to exaggerate the foreground rocks which balanced nicely with the waterfall and autumn color.

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POTD: Gil’s Barn

Gil's Barn, Palouse region of Southeast Washington

Gil’s Barn

Location: Palouse Region of Southeast Washington
Camera: Phase One P30+, Mamiya 645D, 55-110mm
Settings: UNKNOWN
When: June 5, 2010

The Palouse Region is a glacial morraine win Southeastern Washington State. It’s rolling hills and rich soil make it both the bread basket of the US and a photographers paradise. Each Spring the fields are a velvety spread of green that covers nearly 3500 square miles. Having been farmed for generations the fields are home to hundreds of photogenic old barns.

I named this Gil’s barn after an Arkansas farmer who allowed me to photograph on his property when I first started in photography.

The photograph is made up of six different exposures combined using special software to create a wider angle view of the scene.

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