Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Downtown Nampa Photowalk

I'm teaching a photography class for the Nampa Rec Center. Saturday I took the students downtown for a field trip. We made sure to explore the alley ways. I find them more fun to explore than the store fronts. Even so, downtown Nampa has some beautiful buildings.

I started out the day, alone before sunrise, photographing the new Nampa Public Library. I think it's a gorgeous building. This first image is a stitch of about 30 images, and I like the result. I think I still need to work on the yellow interior colors - it's just not the right color. But the stitching worked really well.

I don't very often create images like this, but when I was playing with one of my plug-ins, this double exposure treatment jumped out at me.

The students were shocked that I would touch this chair. But it wasn't in the right spot so I had to move it.

Light painting, shadows, tree, light pole, blank wall - it wall works together.

My favorite bike shop.


Black Magic Canyon - Return Trip

I think Black Magic Canyon is one of those places I could photograph every day, for years and years, and never run out of new things to find. Dan Mottaz and I went down shortly after my solo trip. It was a good day shooting. Even though I'd been in these sections of canyon before, the light this time was different, the shadows and highlights different, the textures different and the results different. And I think this set of images is better than the previous ones I've taken there.

Clearly I prefer monochrome images for the BMC textures and shapes. However, sometimes the colors are so intriguing, the result just has to be in color. I like this first one for the contrast between the cool blue background and the warm coppery foreground. There are some forms in the canyon that are sharp, pointed, almost knife-edge like. But there are also these smooth, curved forms that are so organic.

I'm not sure how this image came out so golden, but I love the result. It must have been a combination of the light we had and the reflecting light off the canyon floor. This one took very little post processing.

There are several things I like about this one.
1. It's a small detail. Even I, who spends too much time looking for small details, almost overlooked it.
2. The color/warmth contrast between the blue and gold.
3. The diagonal line that creates energy from a subject that is decidedly not energetic.

Back to the monochrome. The lines and shapes are what always draw my attention.

Yes, I placed (and balanced) that rock there.

And this one too

 Two views of the same formation, each with slightly different perspective, and different feel.

These last two I had printed and are now hanging on my walls. The final image might be my favorite of the day. Of course that could change tomorrow - such are the tastes of an artist.

Nampa Tractor Salvage

Obviously I'm not a consistent blogger. Of course that mirrors my real life: I don't have much to say most days, and I don't have much to blog most days. But I have taken some photos lately that turned out really nice, so I'm going to catch up.

Back on March 7, Don Johnson arranged for a small group of us to visit Nampa Tractor Salvage. They've been in business for decades, but the need for tractor salvage is disappearing. Mike, the owner, is trying to figure out how to get out of the business, but the price for scrap metal is so low, he can't sell. We photographers were tasked with documenting all the great equipment before it disappears completely. It was a fun day, full of shapes, textures, lines - all the details that get me photographically excited.

In no particular order, here are some of my favorites from the day. While I normally try to do some commentary on the images, I'm not feeling particularly commentary-ish today. Feel free to critique each image yourself.