Monday, February 27, 2017

Crows in the Fog

Here is a moody photo of crows gathered in the trees on a foggy February day in Urbana, Illinois. If it helps the mood, the trees are located in a cemetery.

Friday, February 24, 2017

New York Panorama

Here is a panoramic view of the New York skyline around Central Park from the roof garden of the Metropolitan Museum. Looking south, fifth Avenue runs in front of the building on the left. This is as it looked in February of 2005. It would look very different now with a number of very tall, very slender residential buildings having sprung up along the south side of the park.

Click on the photo for a larger view.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

River Walk

The River Walk in San Antonio, Texas, is a justifiably popular dining and recreation area. The walkways along the canal create a cosy environment in which to dine and stroll. This photo was taken in January, when there were no leaves on the trees, but the weather was wonderful. The River Walk is great any time of the year.

Monday, February 20, 2017

East Parish Burying Ground

This is a view of the old East Parish Burying Ground in Newton, Massachusetts. The cemetery dates from the 1660s, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Alabama Statehouse

This is the Alabama State Capitol Building in Montgomery. It is part of my effort to photograph all of the state capitols in the contiguous 48 states.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Late January, ECIL

We had a mild January in East-Central Illinois, but that won't stop February from being awful if it chooses to be. This is a photo of farm buildings just south of Urbana, Illinois, taken on the last weekend of January.

Monday, February 13, 2017

St. Paul in Fall

This is an autumn view of downtown St. Paul, Minnesota. The bridge in the center is over the Mississippi River. The red and tan buildings to the the left of the bridge that appear to be below it are the old Ramsey County Jail and the old West Publishing Building. Both had their main entrances on their top level, which was street level for the rest of downtown. Both buildings have since been torn down to make way for new development.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Grand Tetons

This is a panoramic view of the Grand Teton mountain range in western Wyoming. The photo was taken form an overlook along US 26 about 10 miles east of the mountains.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Kings River Valley

This is a photo taken along US 62 in northern Arkansas. The view is of the valley of the Kings River. The original photo was shot in infrared, converted to black and white.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Monument Sunrise

Her's a quirky, but I think interesting, view of a bluff at sunrise in Monument Valley in Arizona.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Desert Storm

This photo was taken on US 163 near Monument Valley in Arizona. This is Navajo Tribal land. It's stark beauty is enhanced by the foreboding clouds of a coming storm.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Shot On Film

Film is making comeback, and I, for one, am pleased. I shot this photo on film sometime in 2002, somewhere in the Illinois countryside. The camera was a Canon EOS Elan II, a "semipro" 35mm film camera. I don't know what lens I used.

Film, as a medium, has unique qualities that digital still can't really reproduce. It has warmth, and grain, and imperfections that add to the esthetic quality of the photo. In many ways the relationship between film and digital photography is very similar to the relationship between digital music and vinyl records. In both cases the medium appeared to be dying off, but has been making a comeback because of the esthetic qualities of the analog medium.

Digital photography has lots of advantages. For instance, if I had shot this picture on a digital camera, I would know the date and time I took the photo, the lens, aperture and shutter speed, and even the exact GPS location. My Canon 6D digital camera will do all that. But the photo it takes will never look quite like the photo above.

One of the hidden advantages of the decline of film is that film camera equipment has dropped in price. My Canon EOS Elan II camera cost hundreds of dollars new, but when it broke recently I was able to replace it with a perfectly good version of the same camera for $25. Similarly, medium formant film cameras that used to cost many thousands of dollars can be had for a fraction of that, so this is a very good time for anyone interested in pursuing film photography.

One of my goals for the new year is to spend more time shooting film. I hope that you will be able to see some of the results of that effort here.