May 2000


I noticed these pristine yellow flowers all along the expressway while driving home from Little Rock.  There was a pretty good breeze so I knew I could not get a great shot of the flowers.  I decided to pick one and prop it up in the back of my truck protected from the breeze.  The dark backdrop is my luggage.  I held the camera against the door of the truck. 

I decide to take the highway rather than the expressway home, and found this field of wild daisies.  I should have used my tilt lens to get the entire field in focus.  But I just handheld the camera and grabbed this shot. 

Right next to the field of daisies were these dandelions.  Another handheld shot that still captured the soft and fragile tendrils. 

The weather and plant life have claimed this building.

I noticed this burned out tree shell still standing.  I kept trying to imagine the circumstances that would have caused this.  I walked out in the field to silhouette this tree against the setting sun.  I had to use the curves tool in Photoshop to bring out the detail in the otherwise drab sky.

I need to start using this lens more often.  This midday shot is not great but I want to experiment more with this 17-35 wide angle zoom lens.  This lens allows both a foreground object and the background to fit into the same frame.

I had to rushed to the river to get to this spot before sundown.  I like the reflection of the sun stretching all the way across the Mississippi river.  A few minutes later, the sky was even more saturated but the reflection was gone.

I combined two frames exposed one stop apart to get this image.  The part below the horizon is the correctly exposed picture, and the part above the horizon is from a separate frame shot at one f-stop under.  If all objects are stationary, the two areas can be blended across 100 pixels or so.   In this shot, the bushes in the foreground were being moved a lot by a stiff wind, so the transition had to occur over about 20 pixels.  This works well when there is a dark area spanning the entire horizon.  The intent is the same as using a single frame and a neutral density graduated filter.  The digital darkroom makes this possible, and even makes it feasible to do with a non-linear horizon.

Driving early one morning to my Tuesday morning small group meeting, I grabbed this dramatic sunrise as a backdrop for Bellevue's crosses.

This was just a grab shot out of the window of my car with my Coolpix 950.

I am beginning to experiment with getting foreground objects in with whatever scene I am shooting.