Friday, March 13, 2015

Black Magic Canyon 2015, Part 6

This the final part of this series, but it's not the last you'll see of Black Magic Canyon. Dan Mottaz and I went down again and I got some more great images. In fact, looking back at this series, I think the next series will be better.

Of course that happens often to me. I look back on something I photographed last year, or last month and think, "What was I thinking? I could have done a much better job.

These images focus on edges. The lighting I had this particular day lent itself well to strong contrast: bright highlights and dark shadows.

These last two images are my favorites (and I think the best) from the whole day. I love the mystery of them. They're abstract, and yet still have a rock-like quality to them.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Black Magic Canyon 2015, Part 5

Although most of the images in this series have been monochrome, let me throw in a color one (and the matching B&W). For me, the shapes, lines and textures of Black Magic Canyon are best revealed in monochrome. I have quite a few color pictures, but even as I look through the catalog of images, it's the monochrome ones that most stand out to me.

Which of these do you prefer? Color or black and white?

I like the highlights and dark shadows of the canyon.

There are two diversion dams (that I know of) on the Big Wood River. This is the northern dam. Industrial architecture can be so beautiful, despite its seeming lack of beauty.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Black Magic Canyon 2015, Part 4

I'm not sure how to categorize this set of images. They are each interesting in their own way - some about texture, some about depth, and one that doesn't really have anything to do with the canyon. The diversion dam is in the canyon, but it fits like the old Sesame Street song,
"One of these things is not like the others,
One of these things just doesn't belong.
Can you tell which thing is not like the others
By the time I finish my song?"

Monday, March 9, 2015

Black Magic Canyon 2015, Part 3

In this episode of "Chris' Adventures in BMC" we're looking at the intrigue of simple lines (or sometimes not-so-simple). I like the simple geometry of nature. All the angles and curves we can create through math are readily available in nature; we just have to look. And in the bottom of the canyon, there are no shortage of places to look. Many of the canyon features are soft curves and sharp edges. But there are also some smooth, flat rocks that tend to crack in straight lines.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Black Magic Canyon 2015, Part 2

For this most recent trip to BMC (that's Black Magic Canyon BTW (that's By The Way)(I'm just trying to be hip and cool by abbreviating everything - is it working?)) ... I decided to focus on subtle textures, shadows and shapes. I didn't know that's what I'd be focusing on before I went down, but the particular section I explored was filled with subtlety. The light was at a great angle. I was there about two hours and during that time the light was dancing through the rock formations. I walked maybe 3/4 of a mile down the canyon, then turned around and came back and the trip out was so different than the trip in.

You'll notice this next image is the same feature as the previous, just composed a little differently. It was also in yesterday's post as a color image. I'm not sure which I like better, but I'm thinking this monochrome version has more impact.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Black Magic Canyon 2015, Part 1

It's been four months (give or take a few days) since my last post. Mom asked me tonight, "Why haven't you written anything?"
"I haven't had anything to say," I responded.
"I knew you'd say that."

But it's true. I'd love to think that I could have profound, important, or even interesting things to blog about every day. Truth is, I go long periods without a single important though running through my head, and with a blank mind, the blog remains blank too.

Plus, in my old age, I've become a fair weather photographer, so there's been nothing new coming out of my camera. But the weather here has been so nice recently. It's been warm enough for me to come out of winter hibernation. Yesterday I drove down to Black Magic Canyon, north of Shoshone. I've visited and shot the canyon one other time, near the south diversion dam. This time I went to the north diversion dam, just off Highway 75 - and I found some beautiful patterns, textures, shadows and formations. While I was shooting I hoped I was getting something useful. It'd be a shame to drive all that way and have nothing to show for the effort. On the camera's display, the images looked good - interesting. But I never really know until I get them back on the computer, on a big screen. Turns out I was able to capture some exciting images. I think they turned out great.

So over the next few days I'll be posting a few series of images, each one following a (loose) theme. Hopefully you'll be able to see the commonalities in each series.

Most of what I took, I converted to monochrome. These are some of the color images. The first two are almost monochrome, but there's some subtle color there. I tried this first one in pure monochrome, but I don't think it worked as well. I like the little bit of blue tone that's hiding in the texture.

You'll get to see this image in monochrome later, and I think it works either way. This color version has some warmth to it, while the monochrome version really focuses on structure of the elements.

I took a lot of photos of this feature. I'd love to see it throughout the day, as the light changes angels and intensity. I'm sure it would create some wonderful light-play.

I'm still trying to put into words why I like this - can't do it yet. But I really like it. Maybe it's the play between the cool blues and the warm yellows, or maybe it's the depth. When I figure it out, I'll let you know.