In the foreground is a flat dirt road leading into the badlands of SD. The road had several deep tracks due to rain and the late afternoon sun gave some nice contrast.
Ive been snapping photos for several years, but only in the past two have gotten a process down that I am happy with in terms of taking good pictures and getting an output that I can control. Part of the fun I am having now is looking at images I took years ago to see if my current processes can give me decent output. I also belong to the St. Paul Camera Club (http://stpcc.fpage.com/), an excellent resource for anyone interested in good photography.
Process: Nearly all of the images shown here were taken with an older Pentax SLR and a professional grade manual focus lens. I usually use slide film, 100 or 400 speed Fuji Velvia or Provia, and from these take a high resolution scan and then convert the images to monochrome (Black/White). While this is a rather round about way of doing things and somewhat expensive, I feel it has given me more control over the end result, and a few more options if I ever decide to work with color on current images. Also, using a more manual SLR and a manual focus lens forces me to take my time and think about attaining the best possible image. I also use a quality tripod whenever possible to keep the blur down when taking photos with a large depth of field. The final results are high quality professional prints.
With all of this said, over the next 6 months I plan on going completely digital. The output on some digital camera and lens packages are comparably excellent now, and the cost benefit cannot be ignored. While I'll keep using my old setup for special occasions (night shots, cold weather, etc.), within a few months I'll make the switch.
What to look for in my photos:
1.) First, I like images that are easy on the eye. This is why most of the photos you see here are of the landscape varietyI believe that nearly everyone can identify with what they are seeing and can judge the image accordingly.
2.) I like black and white photographyI think that b/w lends more to the imagination than a color photo and allows me to emphasize contrasts.
3.) Contrast is another focus in my imagesin some cases there may be way too much contrastI guess Im more into the blacks and whites than the greys... I've been told that some of my photos almost look stark--I agree--alot of contrast can do that...
4.) Another device that I like in photography is the capacity to tell a story. The best examples here are the baseball photosonly three are on this site, but all three tell a great story without focusing on the action on the field (then again, most decent baseball movies are the same way
5.) Special situations are also interestingnight shots are a good example. The end result is rarely what you see while you are taking the photo. Some of the images you see here were the result of 1-15 minute exposures. And again, since I like a lot of contrast night photos are perfect in this regard. Youll also notice certain themessteamboats would be one of thoseIve spent time in La Crosse, WI and currently reside in St. Paul, MN, so I guess this would come naturally.
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