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Long Weekend Photo Op

May 24, 2010
Storm Clouds & Fence @ 110, Highway 2

Storm Clouds & Fence @ 110, Highway 2

Ah, a long weekend at last! Time for a well-deserved break, including a road trip to visit family. Naturally the odd bit of camera equipment came along, just in case. Well, it turns out the weather was cloudy, rainy and cold pretty much the whole time. There was one side trip to find some beavers that produced a nice country drive and a previously unvisited vantage point across a prairie lake, but no photos. Not to worry, the family time was the main priority, and it was fun and relaxing.

And in any event, the enterprising photographer is never stumped for long! On the drive home I started out behind the wheel and then switched off with my wife at the halfway point, which is our usual habit. Settling into the passenger seat, I thought about taking a nap 🙂 but as I looked out the window at the scenery zooming by, instead I reached for my Canon G10. Out the passenger window, a succession of storm cloud formations loomed over the land below and sheets of rain fell down every so often. I took a number of shots with the window down, chilly air and a few bursts of rain buffeting the interior until Deb would make me close the window again. That is, until the next interesting formation came along.

In this scene, strong light blasting the tops of the storm clouds produced a pretty fast shutter speed, and so the fence posts were relatively sharp. But I knew I didn’t want to make a “straight” image that looked like a snapshot taken on the side of the road. So I prepared the final image as a lightly sepia-toned monochrome. I then added extra grain; the G10’s noise performance in the shadows isn’t great, so I went along with the grainy look instead of trying to fight it. Finally, I added some selective horizontal blurring to the bottom of the frame to return the sense of motion of the fence posts whipping by at 110 km/h.

It’s often easy to slip into the mode of only seeing possibilities when I’m mentally geared up and at some novel location where I intend to photograph. This is just one example of finding the opportunity for photography even on the road more traveled.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. David "what do I know about art?" permalink
    May 24, 2010 13:58

    Yeah, so when I wanted to see what you could do with the prairie, this is kind of what I had in mind. Very nice.

  2. May 24, 2010 14:19

    Wow, those Are some funky clouds. Like the treatment too. Nice one Royce 🙂

  3. May 24, 2010 16:52

    David R: Thanks! I thought you might enjoy something like this. 🙂

    David C: Gracias, amigo. These clouds had a silver lining, both literally and figuratively. Good thing Deb was driving, because Alberta is about to bring in a distracted driving law. 🙂

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