Here we have South Creek. This location is a boat launch for people wanting to pack up their canoes and go camping on Middle Saranac Lake in the Adirondacks. The weather was pretty much terrible today, but I ignored it and went out exploring. I almost drove right past this spot but caught the view out of the corner of my eye and quickly turned around to go back. I'm glad I did.
Technically, there is nothing particularly noteworthy about this shot other than I took my time to get all the details right. Also, because it was raining, I had a towel over the camera and constantly used it to wipe the lens clean. This was about the sixth version of this shot before I got one without big obvious raindrops on the lens.
This is probably the hardest I've worked for a photo in this series. It involved climbing a mountain. Okay, not a big mountain. Certainly not one that required any special gear to ascend. But still, it involved a mile long hike up a mountain with little kids. But the view was certainly worth it.
I took many other shots from the top of the mountain, some of which feature better views than this one. But this was my favorite shot because it included my family sitting back and taking in the beauty of that view. That gives it a lot more emotional resonance for me. Maybe not for you, because you don't know these people, but for me it makes it a lot better.
I used one of my favorite photographic techniques for this shot. I adjust the camera for the sky primarily and then used the flash to light up the people in the foreground. Usually if you adjust for the sky, anything in the foreground becomes a silhouette. But using the flash corrects for that, usually resulting in a pretty dramatic image.
Maggie has had enough of my pointing the camera at her. Here she shares her opinion of my hobby. It clearly interferes with my more important duties in life, like feeding her, petting her, making a lap for her to sit in and changing the water in her dish about every 15 minutes for maximum freshness.
Today was a rough one for the photo blog. I had plans for a trip to Albany to watch Giants training camp. But they fell through when my son woke up with a high fever. So I stayed home and tended to him all day, which rather severely limits to picture taking. Naturally I turned to the more obvious targets in the house, the cat and dog.
Maggie is very tough to take a decent picture of. First off, her coloring makes her blend in with pretty much any background and it also tends to obscure her features. On top of that, she's a very affectionate cat and so if I get down on the floor to take her picture, she promptly gets up and comes to see me.
The look she's giving me in this picture really comes from having chased me back and forth across the living room several times as I kept trying to get some distance to take a shot. And since it was in the living room, the light was terrible. Which means I shot at very high ISO, causing a lot of noise in the image. I tried to turn that into a plus by converting to this harsh black and white. That had the effect of making her look even more annoyed with me, so it all worked out.
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