Back Roads

February 20, 2018  •  2 Comments

When I am driving in the country, I can find a place to photograph most anywhere.  That's why I only do this when I am driving by myself.  It makes for a tedious trip when others are in the truck with me as I am always looking at both side of the road because I don't want to miss anything.  I stop and slow down and start again. Take this old house above.  Most everyone would love to see it torn down and hauled off.  I see someone's memories.  I picture families pioneering and scratching to make a living in hopes of making sure their children don't grow like they did.  (Or....its's just an old deer camp lean-to that hunters threw together to to keep the varmits out of their lap.  I like the first idea.)

It takes decades for these live oaks to make their way and take root through the porch and roof to make a photograph like this tell a story.

This is an HDR image comprised of 3 photographs with 2 stop differences in shutter speeds.  The aperture or f-stop is f11 which means these were long exposure photographs.   HDR photographs are always setup and shot from a tripod so the registration is precise.  Once the 3 images are sandwiched together into one photo then the fun begins.  This is when the image comes to life with Adobe Lightroom.  I use the full set of tools within Lightroom to make the texture and color.  Once i am happy with the look and feel then I crop the total image into a "readable" image.

We "read" photos like we read a book.  Once we see the artist's focus point, our eyes start reading right then back and fourth.  Art and photos we like or dislike give us a "feeling".  The visual positive "feelings" give us comfort like our favorite music.  If that feeling is strong enough, we want to buy that art so we can walk past it on our walls in our home or office to give a calmness for our life.


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Guy(non-registered)
Love this photo and post! I chuckled as I read it... I have inflicted "tedious trips" upon my poor wife many a time as I was looking left and right not wanting to miss anything also. As a Plein Air oil painter, I am constantly looking for subjects and locations like this to set up and paint. They make such wonderful paintings and experiences. You should make a list, or write a book of such locations, and make it available to artists. Or maybe a "coop" of artists sharing the special places we've discovered? Thank you so much for sharing. Beautiful photo.
Susan(non-registered)
This picture makes me feel as if I’m standing right there. Beautiful!
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