The lesson for the day is alway keep an eye out for details. And keep your camera with you. Yesterday I was off to the country with my family, looking for a sugar bush. We do this every year, and this time my wife wanted to go to a new location. Sounded good! Well the GPS took us in on a bit of a wild goose hunt and we never did find it.
But while rolling down the road I spotted this old farm sign. Looks like it hasn’t been used for year. I had to stop and look at it. My mind just went right into the where is the composition, what’s the crop, what’s the color tone? I had to come up with it all kinda fast, My 5 year old was getting antsy in the back seat, but I wasn’t about to let her loose on the side of the road while I explored the scene.
The scene is a little cluttered at first, tree’s, branches, a roof, a ditch, a fence, ugh! I knew I had to simplify the scene to make the shot i had in my mind. Low angle, a little closer, open up the aperture, set up a multi exposure compensation 2 stops apart (there wasn’t much sky detail, and I wanted to make sure I had what I needed).
All told I think I was there maybe 5 minutes, and I got just what I wanted.
Now I realize that most landscape photographers would have said, lets come back and shoot the scene later with different light, a better sky, or maybe a different season. And yes I may do that? But like I said in an earlier post, I’m about what I see in the moment. In the fraction of a second we drove by I saw a shot, turned around and got what it.
Hope you like it, it’s going to be the next 30×40 shot in my living room. I sent it to the printer this morning.
Stick around I’m going to interview a buddy, for the next post. He is a pro photographer to.