I had the fun opportunity to ride the Amtrak Surfliner train from home to Camarillo earlier this week. I immediately knew the photograph I wanted to create. The station I board is second or third on the line, so when I got on, there were very few people on board. This allowed me to get upstairs and set up for a few nice shots, without any subjects in the way. I hope you enjoy it!
I was stalled all week, wanting to come up with something personal and different for this great challenge theme. Then on Friday morning, my old work pal invited me for some trigger time, and I knew I’d be able to come up with something. Didn’t quite turn out like I’d hoped, but it’s there. I’ll post a smaller version of the shot, highlighting the “frozen” spent casing.
The spent casing…
This week’s challenge was a bit difficult for me. I’m sure if I’d had my nice camera, and had access to a dramatic bridge, I’d have been able to produce decent results. My limit is really just that there’s no spectacular bridges to shoot around here. We’re pretty much stuck with freeway overpasses, coupled with my limited ability to get out for much adventure.
So I ended up with this overpass of the Orcutt Expressway, which is sorta the gateway into Old Orcutt.
I was dependent upon the HDR that iPhone 6S+ shoots, and I guess it turned out acceptable. I processed it in Apple Photos, Noiseless CK, Snapheal CK, and Intensify CK, with a little help in Pixelmator. Not my best submission by far, but it works.
This week’s challenge was super fun for me. I love shooting with the intent of a resulting black and white image. It challenges me so much. On vacation at the in-laws in Cameron Park, northern California, gave me a whole new place to wander and find the best shot. I love taking part of a day, especially in the winter, and photowalking around here. In fact today’s photowalk was one of the few I’ve had in the past few years.
I ended up with 3 images that I felt would adhere to the theme, but one, the one I’ve posted below, really stood out to me as my best of the day.
Fujifilm XT-1, 35mm, f/2.0, ISO 200, HDR Efex Pro 2, Tonality CK