I've been playing with an ultra-wide angle lens (10-20mm) and I'm loving it! This is an image taken inside the old Smithsonian Castle in Washington D.C. Ultra-wides present some interesting challenges but can be quite rewarding when you get it all sorted out. Ken Rockwell provides some great tips at How to Use Ultra-Wide Lenses.
Black and White
Living atop the Shenandoah Mountain, I see my share of fog. It can be bright and sunny down in the valley, but it's not uncommon to have fog for a large part of the day in the Spring and Fall seasons. I know that many people don't like fog, but I love it. This low-flying cloud provides a velvety softness to the atmosphere as well as deadening almost all sound. This really gives a feeling of being in your own ethereal world.
I have struggled to capture the feeling of the fog in a photo. Most turn out as a subject with a gray featureless background. I think this one really nailed the feeling.
I have this image on my wall at home as a gelatin-silver print from the old film days. I just realized that I haven't posted it anywhere, and remembered that I had scanned the negative a number of years ago.
Pulling that old scan out reminded me that I had a huge archive of scanned negatives I had basically forgotten about. I'm really looking forward to going back through those and making digital copies.
Seeing this has also reminded me how much I prefer digital imaging to analog. I used to load my own bulk film into canisters, develop the film, and make prints with an enlarger in a closet or bathroom. While I shot a lot of film, I didn't have a whole lot to show for it, except a bunch of negatives. Making prints with chemicals and an enlarger is a huge time sink. Not that digital isn't, but the difference is that analog processing required huge blocks of time, whereas digital lets me work at my own pace. Once chemicals are mixed and poured, they go bad, so I would essentially devote a whole weekend to print making. How often do we have the luxury of spending an entire weekend doing something?
This image has been quite popular on Flickr, so I thought this might be a good one to christen the blog. It was taken at Scott's Run Park in McLean, Virginia. I took it quite a while ago, back when my Canon G1 was new.
It had been raining quite a bit the week before, and I wanted to get a really delicate shot of the water. I didn't have enough ND filter to really slow it down, and I was experimenting with Infrared, so I figured I could kill two birds with one stone.