Day 3 – Caboose (Again)

Train 2

OK…so…I’ve taken this picture before. But I was really happy with it. I mean, it had more clouds in the background and the beauty of those clouds distracted from the beauty of this retire caboose. So I had to take the picture again and this one month challenge I’ve cursed myself with because it’s going to rule my life until the end of this month just seemed like the right time to do this one again.

What drew me to this picture in the first place wasn’t just the beauty of this magnificent creation of forgotten days of travel in the Fredericton area thanks to Brian Mulroney (who I hated for many years until he came down on that guy who’s driving Canada into the ground and selling us out the China). It was the memories it provoke of my youth in Winnipeg (Yes, I was young once.) (I think.) Winnipeg is where trains from the East connect with the West. It’s where Western Canada meets Eastern Canada.

Which is pretty damn cool. Except winters in Winnipeg are hell multiplied by all the stars in the universe. They have an intersection there where the wind would go down two streets and the temperature in that intersection would drop from minus 30 to minus 60 almost instantly. A few people froze to death. But it’s all glassed in now. So, if you want to visit Winnipeg and stand for a while at that intersection…go ahead. You won’t freeze to death. But…you might get mugged.

Dress in rags and you’ll be fine.

BTW…if you’re in Winnipeg (both of you) tell Floyd that Biff says hello. He was head of the street gang I was in when I lived there. Cool guy. Had a wave in his hair held in place by 50 pounds of Brylcream (sp?). Women would run their hands through his hair and be stuck there for hours. Great way to meet chicks…and keep them around for a few hours.

Now, about the image. It’s HDR. High Dynamic Range. You take one picture under exposed, one at the right exposure and one over exposed. That way you capture the highlights, the mid tones and the shadows…all equally. What a cool concept, eh? (Oops…now both of you know I’m Canadian. You eat salads with chicken on them. I eat salads with beaver meat. That’s the only difference between us. At least I think that’s the way it works out in Timbuktu. Do you have chickens there?)

Oh yeah, back to the picture.

It was taken on a sunny day.

Using Another Computer to Post the Color Picture

Stupid Microsoft wouldn’t let me post the color picture last night because, apparently, I didn’t have administrator rights on my computer for that particular image.

So, now the two of you can compare the color and the B&W. Personally, I like the color. The lighting and contrast bring out the texture and feel of deep woods…a tad ominous, but still mesmerizing.

And did I mention that Microsoft is stupid?Forest Color

Day 1 – Into the Woods for Autumn Color, Almost

1I went out looking for some autumn pictures but there was something about the overcast light that didn’t do justice to the colors flaring at me from all sides. So I wandered around in the woods pouting and feeling sorry for myself when I came across this wind-felled tree and thought, “ Holy shit…this is cool. Screw the autumn leaves…I’m taking a picture of this.”

BTW, I reserve the right during this project to change my mind on the spur of the moment when I go out to get a specific pictures. But, since neither the two of you will know what I’m setting out to immortalize anyway there’s no point in mentioning this.

The first thing that caught my eye (and I just finished reading a book about photography, so I know what I’m talking about) was the vertical V rhythm created by the trees in the background broken by the skewed horizontals in the foreground.

In short, it looked interesting.

But a second thought occurred to me: would those rhythms be even more pronounced if these woods suddenly lost all their color and turned black and white? I believe there’s B&W preview mode somewhere on my Canon 5D2, but I think that might have just been a rumor in that book about photography I read. So I had to wait until I got home and stick this baby into Lightroom.

And so I did. And I really can’t make up my mind. I like them both. But, no, I think I like the B&W one better. It has more character. More texture. More allure. But, my dear two readers, I’ll let you have the final judgment. I’m just that kinda guy. But, then, Microsoft set in and won’t let me upload the color file because, suddenly , I don’t have administrator rights to post it. Do either of you hate MS more than I do?