Sunday, December 25, 2016

Here is something a little different.  There is an abandoned solar energy facility just west of Delta, UT.  There are a number of structures still standing as a testament to their durability, however, it was their vulnerability to the weather that caused the demise of the facility.  It only lasted a couple of years.  On the sight there are a number of abandoned trucks, scissor lifts, tractors, trailors, etc.  What a waste of money to just leave this material out there to rust.  Why couldn't the items be sold and the facility dismantled and sold?  We'll never know.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Winter is upon us and there is a little dusting of snow on the hillsides and in the mountains.  Looks like a icing on a  cake.  With that I have taken to making more images of the Wasatch Front in Utah county primarily those at the point of the mountain, Traverse Ridge and at the mouth  of American Fork Canyon.  I tried to take these images at a time where I could use the light to better form to the hillsides and mountains and bring out the texture.  It helped that the morning was overcast and there was no real direct sunlight.  This eliminated the harsh shadows and provided for edges which are soft and flowing.

I also crossed over into Salt Lake county and took pic's of the big pit.  Of course I know it as the Kennecott Copper mine.  Now it is owned and operated by Rio Tinto.  I stitched six images together to get the image you see below.  Because of the dusting of snow, more detail is revealed and there is greater depth to the image.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

A few months back I went to a city celebration here in Utah and as usual I gravitated over toward the rides.  I always like to take images of people on the rides.  I experimented with shutter speeds to get images of the people moving with the background in sharp focus.  Here  we have a different perspective of what people look like if we are not all travelling at the same speed or even in the same direction through the universe.  What's real?  That is a good question.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Here is an image of a flat two dimensional surface that I have tried to make look as if it were a three dimensional object.  I first tried in color but the contrast and shadows just weren't there so I took it into black and white.

I took the image in a restaurant.  It is a stainless steel divider between booths and the texture was created by the use of grinding pads.  Lighting was  from a window behind me.  I think it turned out OK.

After leaving the restaurant I took the following images from one of my favorite spots.  We just had a fine dusting of snow with some of it having melted away.  I wanted show the contrast between the patchiness of the white snow, the yellow desert grasses and the dark desert shrubs.

I've always like power poles and power lines.  They are a natural line and can make for some good photo opportunities.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Here are my latest images from my trip up to SLC and City Creek Mall just off Temple Street.  More mannequins in particular.  That was the reason for the trip.  I wanted to see the difference between how they were dressing them up and utilizing them for winter as opposed to spring and summer.  My long term interest is in seeing how what they say about us.  They are stand-ins for us and since we don't usually use live models in store windows or on the store floor.  One thing I haven't seen yet is the plus size mannequin.  With the push and acceptance of plus size models and clothes.  When are we going to see the  plus size mannequin?  When we do, then we will know that plus size is acceptable.

The other images are just things that caught my eye.

Monday, November 7, 2016

The weather is beginning to finally change here in Utah.  A little bit of frost in the morning and low sixties by late afternoon.  Not much weather has gone through the valley and so the smog has been increasing making it difficult to get good images of the landscapes through the reddish haze that persists and turns most landscapes some shade of red.  Thank goodness I do mainly black and white images.  The haze isn't much of a factor.

Coming home one afternoon, late, I noticed these incredible shadows on the bald hills in front of the Wasatch Mts.  Needless to say I didn't have my camera with me and so lost a chance of a lifetime.  So I thought I would go back another day and try to capture what I saw.  Nope didn't happen.  First, I wasn't able to get back out there for a couple more days and the weather changed and of course it was not as cloudy as it was on that evening.  One day that I was able to get out there I did so, but, too early, and the shadows had not really appeared yet.  I took a couple of photos but they weren't that good.  I finally did get out there for the sunset but the mood set by the sun and shadows just wasn't the same.  I also think that I may have been in the wrong spot for the images that I wanted but the sun was going fast and I thought I better get what I could, if anything.

As I usually try to do, I turn around and look behind me for any images that might pop up.  This is the first image I am presenting.  It is the road that I take to and from work everyday.  As I said earlier, there has been a smog present and with the setting sun and hills in the back ground I thought I would try to capture that haziness.  I like the strong lines of the road and power poles extending out into the distance.  One critic of mine would have castigated me for not removing the power lines but I decided to leave them.

In this second image is a quarry, gravel, to be exact.  It is a shadow of its former self.  The gravel is what is used for all road construction in the Salt Lake and Utah counties.  The gravels were deposited there by glacial lake Bonneville many thousands of years ago.  I feel confident that I will be alive to see the last bucket of gravel taken out of this quarry.  Many homes are popping up on the Wasatch front.  No hill is safe.  It is a bit unfortunate.  Although it has not been a goal of mine, these images will serve to show the changes through time and the destruction of our natural beauty in the name of progress.

The next two images were take with those shadows in mind and the home development that continues on.  I am trying to use the shadows to convey depth in my images.  Well not just depth.  But form and shape as well.  Try to get the feeling that you could just walk right into the image.  The last image is of an access road that I was standing on.  I just liked the strong line of the road going off into the distance and being picked up by the row of houses.

One last thing.  I used a selenium toning for a couple of the images.  I will continue to play with this to see if I like it or not.  Not sure just yet.  I doubt I will use it on everything.  Just trying to figure out  under what circumstances it is best to use.  Enjoy.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Bonneville Salt Flats are flooded every year now to help preserve them and minimize damage that has occurred through years of use and abuse.  I went out there one morning to take some early morning shots across the flats.  It was a cool morning and a little breezy.  But I endured.  Here are the results of my efforts.  The shots were taken looking east just after sunrise and the end of the road.