Sometimes it's worth it...

Discussion in 'Landscape' started by ntenny, Nov 8, 2009.

  1. ntenny

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    So I'm at work this week in Jeju Island, Korea, a scenically beautiful spot (though without much to do) at the far southern tip of the country.

    It rained buckets much of the day yesterday---I braved the weather a couple of times, but kept having to run back into the hotel to dry off, and eventually decided that it was too much of a pain, so I sat around drinking tea and reading, with the Bessa-R looking reproachfully at me for neglecting it.

    Late in the afternoon, the rain broke, and having taken all the photos I could usefully take of the view outside my room, I bit the bullet, put my shoes back on again (I'm in a Korean-style room, so every ingress or egress involves a change of shoes---not so much fun when you have a sprained ankle) and went out One More Time, just in case the day was going to throw me a photographic bone after all. But it was grey and dim and I was loaded with 50 ASA film, so the prospects were pretty limited.

    I turned a corner around the side of the hotel, and the clouds split open; indirect, warm afternoon sunlight pouring over the hillside, Mount Halla cloudwrapt in the distance, pines poured over volcanic rock glistening with the rain.

    Half a dozen shots later the moment was gone and everything was dull grey and dim again, but you better believe I got those half-dozen shots!

    We'll see how they come out, but just the anticipation of knowing that the latent images are there is enough to compensate me for all the wet feet and uncomfortable changes of shoes from the rest of the day.

    -NT
     
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    I had a moment like this when pulling away from a favorite landmark distraught from bad light when the Photon God's smiled on me and my determination and perserverance.

    I'm glad they can still be appeased.
     
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    My marriage was like that... fifteen minutes of bliss and fifteen years of dull madness.
     
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    I gotta see the shots you took.
     
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    ^^^ There's a privacy issue to consider. Of course, Uncle Sam will use the pics as he wishes. :smile:
     
  6. ntenny

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    Unfortunately, the shots won't make it here for the time being: no enlarger (for which I'm being roundly berated in another thread, by people who obviously have not seen the allocation of space in my darkroom). They should show up on Flickr in due course.

    They may, of course, suck; the average frame of a 35mm roll does, even for photographers a lot better than I am. But even if they do, I got to see the moment.

    -NT
     
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    hopefully madness in a good way :rolleyes:

    -Dan
     
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    nope...
     
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    You didn't read the fine print Mike....................like the rest of us :D:D

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    My eyes aren't that sharp anymore, Bob. Nor am I for that matter. :D
     
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    I finally got that far down the backlog of film, and here's the best of the images that came out of that episode. It's not The Greatest Photograph Ever or anything, but I'm tolerably happy. Just a neg scan, unfortunately, as noted above.

    -NT

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    I think you might do something with that. I would try more contrast for snap, and maybe selenium toning. I like the clouds in front of the mountain. Play around with it a bit.
     
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    As my secretary once said, you should get your first marriage over with as quickly as possible and move on with your life.
     
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    I would replace "first" with "only". :D
     
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    I think your photo stands on its own. Maybe it's not what you were thinking of when you took it but there is something there you can work with.
    If you don't like it, save it and put it aside. Let it percolate in your mind for a while. You might decide that there is something you can do. Maybe adjusting contrast or toning. Maybe even make it into a cyanotype.

    The hardest thing for me to do in photography is to make the image inside my head when I take a photo reconcile with the final image when I print it. Do I try to make the photo more like my vision? Or, do I just alter my vision and work with the photo the way it is? It's enough to drive you crazy.
    (In my case it's no drive. It's more like a short walk. :wink: )