I just like the textures, especially around the door. The skim lighting worked well here.
I received an email yesterday from the Bullock Museum in Austin. that was fairly important to me in my life as a photographer. I suppose the bottom line for a lot of us is that we want fame, to have our name posted somewhere in public next to our masterpiece(s). Going online and sharing is fine, but it’s not the same as having to pass work through a panel of judges going up against other photographers’ works as well and to have yours be selected. Yes, I have done photography for money, but the money part leaves me feeling numb…I simply don’t care for it that much and it actually ruins the experience as a creative one. A word of recognition or gratitude means much more than money. That’s my opinion.
Several weeks ago, I saw a call for entries to this:
I submitted a dozen photos and in the numbers of “likes” I was, as usual, putting in a dismal performance. It’s just that I don’t push myself “out there” too much on FB, Instagram, or whatever social media that exist. I’m not even on Instagram, honestly. (I lost a contest one time the theme of which was people on bicycles to two other finalists because the winner was determined by the number of FB “likes.” So much for judging. Mine was the best, simply that. I did not canvas for votes and I never will.)
So now, in spite of my few “likes,” I had a chance in this one since a panel of JUDGES actually looked at the 550 submissions and made their decisions on an informed and professional basis, not on how popular the photographer is.
This is the famous image:
It’s called Winter Storm over Chisos Mountains and the exhibition goes May 23 to June 19 at the Bullock Museum. It will be printed 8 x 12, mounted, matted and framed. I’ve emailed a request to send them a print I make myself. No answer yet and I have my doubts. I’d just like to be in control of the quality. However, they know their display conditions, so maybe I should just leave it up to them.
I suppose after dozens of long trips to Big Bend and back over the last 30 something years the law of probability would dictate that something was likely to happen based on the sheer amount of effort and the humongous numbers of negatives, transparencies and files created of the place. I’m glad it did happen and will go have a look at the exhibit that recognizes the wonders of this place I have loved.
Update: We visited the museum this past weekend. Nice place. There were something like nine of us amateurs who had our work posted on a wall in a display entitled: “Big Bend through Your Lens.” That display of the efforts of the tyros will be changed out monthly.
These photos are digital all the way, shot on a trip or two across Texas. This is why I really don’t go out with my camera where I currently sojourn in Houston: Everything is too CLEAN! Hardly a molecule of ferric oxide or a fleck of peeling paint or a bare board to be seen.
I like to imagine how it was when all these things were new and in good repair. How did their owners feel? When did neglect begin and why? Maybe these hard-living people didn’t care about the aesthetics of their structures and vehicles as much as simply how they served to help them survive over a few years of life. If the possessions succumbed to decay, so what? Plenty of this to see in Texas…except HOUSTON!! (Unless you’re talking about the roadways, then that’s another matter.)
Old home somewhere in west Texas. Not too long ago judging by the fact they had television…oh, wait, that WAS a long time ago!
Corner fillin’ station somewhere in Texas. Surely there was a market inside as well.
When was the last meal served? Somewhere in west Texas.
In west Texas.
In west Texas.
Outlaw bars…Either Talpa or Valera
The F. D. I. WHAT?
Old farmhouse not far from Rowena, Texas.
In Rowena, Texas.
In Rowena, Texas.
When shooting under extreme lighting conditions of light to dark tones, even our smart phone cameras know about the need for High Dynamic Range techniques (HDR). I decided on this hike into Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend National Park to actually carry along a tripod and my Canon 5D Mark III. I used the Sigma 24mm f1.4 “Art” lens.
I was planning to bracket roughly 5-7 exposures for each photo, usually -3 stops through +3. Then I would use Photomatix Pro software to take the best rendition of values out of all those exposes and melt them into one that would ideally have the best of highlights and the best of shadows with everything else in between.
I would like to think that a single exposure would not have captured the range of detail seen here.
Not HDR, as camera with single exposure and post processing render the scene. It’s OK…ish.
Here’s the HDR. It has that “look” that many people find objectionable, sort of the comic book feel. Still there’s a feeling of seeing more detail and greater richness and vibrance.
Here in last shot I’m posting you can see how every nook and cranny gets opened up for a CLEARER view in HDR. I’m sure that with more post HDR conversion processing the images could have that less that Marvelous look to them (for you younger readers that’s as in Marvel Comic Books. Sorry.)
You be the judge and let me know!
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We were in Terlingua, Texas, just outside Big Bend National Park. This is where a big chili cook off happens once per year. I’m not sure exactly when it is. My father went once and slept under the bus. Anyway, I was looking for an excuse to waste a sheet of Fomapan 100 4×5 sheet film, so here was something Ansel Adamsish enough to make me happy. It was my first shot with a large format camera in a couple of years or more, so after setting up the camera, which meant assembling it on the tripod, composing, focusing, guessing which part of the image I would place on Zone III, reading the settings off the spot meter, setting them on the lens, cocking the lens and closing the shutter, placing the holder under the ground glass, removing the slide, firing the shot, replacing the slide and then the holder, driving home 600 miles, processing in trays, copying with the D800, editing, here is what I got:
I tried to give it a tint that I would aim for if I were to make a palladium print of the image. I think the warm tone suits the subject. I have 4 more negatives to look at. However, I just may make myself wait to make the silver prints in the darkroom to see them!