After an uncertain post last night, I had a few good pictures tonight on my way home:
How far should I go with this Urban Decay project? I see pictures all the time that would be good for that gallery. Where do I say stop? I could just keep going. Do I break that gallery into sub galleries, like say old buildings, street stuff, junk yards, etc. I’m not sure. Today I stopped at a storage yard near Cathi’s work and I could have filled up a card just with items from the yard. Near by that yard was another, this one with the carcases of two old Volkswagen Beetles that drew my attention. Unfortunately they were behind a chain link fence and too far away to get the shots I really wanted. The pictures I did take I just wasn’t as happy with. I wanted detail shots and not the shots from a telephoto lens. No depth of field…
The nice thing is that I’ve broken free of that late winter/early spring doldrums I hit both last year and this for my Picture A Day work; running out of indoor “studio” ideas and the lapsing daylight after work to go on an expedition for shots. I broke it up this time by starting out early for work and keeping an eye out for shots whenever I travel around town. I even started altering my route to and from work to scope out other opportunities…
A project Cathi and I have been talking about of late is a book or calendar or t-shirts of Bakersfield landmarks. We’ve got a loose list of possibilities. Michael has been suggesting that the urban decay project could be turned into a book project, too. The cool thing is that these are all possible these days because of the on-demand printing houses on the net…
I was up too early this morning. The dogs had Cathi and I awake at five or so, then again at six on. All week long I’ve looked forward to a sleep in and today I was out of luck.
The only good side was an early start to the day. We got up and out the door at seven and went for breakfast. Afterwards, we hit Target to get some things and I saw my photo for today. We got home and tackled some long overdue yard work. After lunch I posted some shots from wednesday to my ongoing Urban Decay Gallery.
I had a good morning this morning.
I got away from home a little early and took a slightly different route driving into town. I stopped at the rail overpass and the frontage road, parked the car, then wandered around both sides of the tracks getting shots for my Picture-A-Day (PAD) and the current work in my Urban Decay gallery. Most of the shots turned out nice. I could probably cut back on the bracketing I’ve been doing of late, I end up with too many extra shots, ballooning a shoot to triple size or more. Out of fifty odd pictures I whittled today’s shots down to a post of ten.
I’ve been using the beta version of Adobe Lightroom and I’ve been pretty happy with the controls for “developing” a picture. That’s their word for the image adjustments/control module in the program. The controls have a little more of an immediate feel to them, you’re able to see the impact of the brightness/contrast/exposure/etc as you’re making the adjustments. They’re all available the whole time you’re tweaking a picture, unlike Photoshop. And everything is non-destructive. The program has some asset management features, too, but I’m still messing with those. I’m still not sure how to go about managing all the shots I’ve taken to date, anyways. I might need this program for the image controls alone.
Today’s PAD post:
I’ve been feeling pretty good about the way my photos have been going of late. And I’m feeling good about the process and the productivity. I’ve been trying to get an early start for work in the morning with the intent of stopping along the way to take pictures. And I’ve been happy with the results, a couple times it’s been hard to decide which shot is best for my PAD post.
I was on my way home. The weather was cool and the air was clear but for the clouds on the horizon.
I broke from my routine and turned to drive through my old neighborhood and down Sumner street.
The derelict buildings are still there, the old SP rail yard, the trash. I parked, grabbed my camera and just started walking down the twilight street…