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From scenic to…

This blog as it developed, is hopefully recording some  history with aesthetic portrayal of what I see around me, as well as being a platform for stuff that I feel is important to the continual presence and happiness of people on this ball in the universe that I keep on photographing where ever I can.
The other day I went back to that historic Kinsol trestle and climbed down to the Koksilah River (of course not on the easy side, one side of the river is always better than the other). I wasn’t interested overly much in the trestle as much as in the landscape. There are definitely more interesting landscapes than around that area. I remember my wife, at the time fresh from England, saying “trees, trees, trees,..” and there are fewer of them now but it does not so much show in this area.
Like every other season autumn is the time to photograph, so I photographed and came up with the same old.
Then I moved on to Glenora just outside Duncan to check out the Cowichan River area there.
However, originally my photographs were very much about people. In the eighties most of my on location and studio work was portrait photography. Now I don’t do that sort of thing much anymore (anti social old f…). When a person is needed in my scenario I use myself if that works, but these images tend to stay private.
The other day I was experimenting with low light (dark) situations. This camera is by no means tops in that respect and night time photography is high on my list of favourites, so these things gotta be figured out (I do grainy things with my phone camera outside in the middle of the night and love some of the results). Anyway, here is one of the images shot with Oly. Reading through its properties first of all you notice that it is a  photoshopped image. Actually I didn’t do very much psing. First of all the color was removed and then some put back in again.
Here, except for some avatars, is my first online self portrait.
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19 responses to “From scenic to…

  1. ehpem

    What an interesting group, or three groups, of photos. I love the self portrait. There is so much to look at there, and wonder how you did it. I like the still life of a newt too (is it a newt?) and the snail. Portraits both, just not of people.

    • Hello ehpem, yes the newt is a newt even though I have named him salamander which is okay except less defined. As far as the final photo goes, 40 seconds for the shutter speed gives you a lot of time to do things with and in the frame. I was in that frame for the final 25 seconds. A computer screen provides some necessary light and 60 watts popping up from downstairs. This is what happens in the middle of the night when the wife (sorely missed) spends some time in England.

      • ehpem

        Thanks for the explanation; that of course explains a lot about the photo and seems obvious now that you explain it.

        A hole in the floor like that would give me the creeps, not being too good with heights.

        • I am happy with your comments because, even though I like some of the stuff I see and do in this realm of photography very much, my (pseudo) artistic attempts do not very often make it into the public domain.
          Our hole in the floor has a ship’s ladder attached to it of which you can see the railing’s top part (going down you face the stairs) and of course there is a nice and secure railing around that hole. I’m certain you’d be just fine with it.

          • ehpem

            Well, it looks to me like more of your artistic attempts should make it into public. This one works very well.
            I like the idea of lighting with a computer monitor – I think one could set it up to cast a particular colour of light and brightness too. Cheaper than a lot of gels and lights and so on. Though it probably would need long exposures in a lot of situations.

            • I haven’t worked in a studio since well before Windows 95, but reckon that, for many, light setups are fairly computerized these days. The monitor itself as you say may be a little limiting, however you got me thinking along a whole new track now.

        • ehpem

          If you do experiment I would be interested to see how it works out. Last summer, while in the field, I used a small LED light I had in my pocket to light small areas of the foreground in a long exposure and was very pleased with how it worked. I should really try more of that kind of thing.

  2. Wow! Lovely set of landscapes, those are beautiful…. the self portrait is very interesting!

  3. notumbo

    For some reason known only to my deep subconscious, your self-portrait brings to mind the song by Procol Harum, “Whiter Shade of Pale.” The strange abstract line across the middle makes the whole thing appear as though it were a reflection in a pool of mercury. I love it!

    • Hey, thanks notumbo, it’s good to hear from you again. And bringing Procol Harum’s Whiter Shade of Pale into the equation, to me that is a compliment and a half! Re this photograph, I haven’t done anything like this since the 1980s, but it was a great midnight session that produced this photo with a few others.

  4. Another fabulous post, Joseph! Your self portrait is rather profound, I find!

    • Thanks Mr Toad, To me the important thing about the portrait is that it was previsualized and worked out accordingly. Perhaps that gave me the courage to publish it. On a different note, it was great meeting last night after that Keep the Cowichan River Running meeting and I am very much looking forward to a relaxed sitdown follow up.

  5. linespace ⋅

    The heavy self-portrait caught my eye- it reminds me of Witkiewicz’s images.

  6. fabulous shots. some of them are masterpieces!

  7. Pingback: Climbing around the Kinsol Trestle again | Mrjom's Blog

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