It’s been a busy year of ups and downs and I apologize to my subscribers for my long lapse in posting! I’ve done plenty of shooting since my last post but have not had much time for writing and posting. My ongoing transformation to more of a fine art focus has continued this year and along with several great friends, who I might introduce on this blog in the near future, I’ve been shooting many rural barns and and many rusty cars! As I hope you will agree, there’s much beauty in these otherwise common and maybe ugly sounding subjects.
I’ve taken many rides with my friends out into Ashtabula, Lake, Medina, Wayne, Geauga and Holmes counties looking for interesting looking barns. We even took an extended trip to Northwest Georgia! Today, I’ll post a few of my favorite photos from those trips.
I travelled to Canton, OH on Sunday with fellow photographer Debra Rozin, to visit and shoot at the Canton Classic Car Museum. We went based on a tip that it was worth visiting and after looking at their website I have to admit that I was a bit dubious. The website photos looked like it was small and very tight in terms of closely spaced and roped off autos, being hard to shoot. What a surprise though! It was tightly spaced, but the collection of automobiles, automobile related items and just plain nostalgic items of all sorts was just amazing!
The photo above of a clown sitting in a vintage auto caught my eye. It was very colorful but I converted it to black and white and removed some detail with a post processing plug-in called Topaz Simplify. This treatment seemed to emphasize the clown’s expression, which to me seemed to represent the woes of driving in traffic.
Front End Service
The second photo, of a vintage Lincoln, was made more interesting by shooting it from an angle that included the mock-up of an old service station behind it. I think it looks like a very authentic old scene.
The Time Clock
The last photo of the face of an old time clock, was just a portion of a clock that workers punched in and out on at the Timken Bearing Co. in years past. It was quite worn, showed lots of wear and tear and the cracked paint texture was added in post processing to add to it’s interest and aged look.
This museum had so much to see that it warrants more trips to Canton. We spent several hours there and in fact when we had gone thru it once, we turned around and went back thru it in the opposite direction just to see what new things we would notice from a different perspective. That paid off with additional photos! Well worth the trip!
Double Vision at the Museum of Art
A couple of recent visits to local museums led to some further play with creative effects added to my photos. The first photo, shot at Cleveland’s famous Museum of Art captured two visitors, one dozing, one walking, on the balcony surrounding the new atrium. Shot with a Lensbaby, the sweet spot was split left and right by flipping and producing a mirror image.
Bendix Trophy Replica
This second photo was shot through a plexiglass case at the Western Reserve Historical Society’s Crawford Auto Aviation Museum. It’s a replica of the Bendix Trophy, awarded to the winner of past transcontinental air races. Also shot with a Lensbaby, a strong texture was added to somewhat obscure a very busy background.
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Browsing through some old slides (remember them?) last week I came upon a few that I had always liked and decided to scan them and see how they looked in digital format. Despite being stored carefully the color had changed and dust and scratches had also affected them. After some post-processing work on the computer however, I added some creative effects to them and came up with some looks that I liked.
Cape Florida Lighthouse
This first shot, of Cape Florida Lighthouse at the tip of Key Biscayne, was under some restoration at the time. The brick was badly flaking and they had just planted some new palm trees around the base. The last time I saw Cape Florida Light, it had been painted white and I really missed the beautiful bare brick color that it had been during my years in Miami.
This photo, “Summer Breeze” was shot just a few hundred yards from the lighthouse looking south from Cape Florida State Park out into Biscayne Bay. The sailboat is framed by pine needles and in the distance on the left can be seen some homes which were known as “Stiltsville”, a group of homes built on stilts out in the bay. Texture and an antique look were added to this photo to hide some of the effects of age.
I entered this photo, in it’s original state, in the old Cleveland Press Photo Contest shortly after I moved to Cleveland and won $50 for a second place finish! Both of these photos provide me with a little warmth during this snowy and cold Northeast Ohio winter!
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It’s been very cold lately, warming up somewhat today, but this cold weather usually prompts me to go back to some photo shoots from warmer times of year. These barns, just down the road from Hale Farm and Village were shot with a Lensbaby on a shoot with one of my photo buddies! It was a nice warm late summer day and these two barns provided nice splashs of red in this rural landscape scene.
Red Barns and Hay
This second photo, also shot late in the summer with my same friend, was taken on a cloudy, rainy day. As we drove down a rural road, we came upon this scene in a very light mist or drizzle. I stopped the car along the side of the road, grabbed my camera and walked down the road toward the rolled hay in order to get the perspective that I wanted. By the time I had walked maybe 50 feet, the rain had increased and it was coming down fairly hard! I quickly took a few shots and headed back to the car! Fortunately my camera is sealed pretty well for precipitation and all I had to do was wipe it off with a microfiber towel I always carry with me for such occasions.
Both shots were edited in Lightroom and Photoshop, and Nik and Perfect Photo Suite 8 plug-ins were used to bring out detail in the sky and add additional effects and texture.
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