Post title is an obscure reference to the movie "Shampoo." I'm not a movie person, so this is probably the first time I've used a movie reference for a post title here, but there's always room for a first.
I couldn't get Blogger to operate this morning, and some formatting features still aren't working this afternoon—the town name, above, should be aligned right but that control isn't available. These two are from a walkabout yesterday that lasted less than an hour because the weather was much worse than I realized, muggy and upper 80s F.
From February. Exploring the Shenandoah Valley after teaching a workshop, getting the New England road salt washed off my car, because it was five bucks with a fill-up. However, the convenience store clerk hadn't opened the car wash yet, so she had to go out with the key and asked me to mind the store while she was gone.
When I tried the very first versions of Lightroom as it was first introduced, I seriously disliked the interface and the whole approach. However, the current version is so much improved that I wish I'd taken a look sooner. I'll continue to use Bridge>ACR>PS for some work but I think I'll transition to working in LR for most digital capture. Haven't yet experimented with printing directly from LR.
Meanwhile, one of the new tools in ACR/LR is "dehaze" which is meant for helping pictures shot in hazy conditions, but it also works like a charm for reducing window reflections. I didn't want to eliminate the reflections here, but wanted to see into the interior better than the unmodified file. It's a little like being able to apply a polarizing filter after the fact, in post.
As always, you can click the picture to get a larger more legible view.
For many years, the vanity plates you could order for Connecticut vehicles older than 15 years said, "Early American." Completely ridiculous. Not counting native Americans, European immigrants to New England Early America predate the automobile by three centuries. It got even more silly when you saw "Early American" on a Volvo or Honda. Recently I noticed that some other people might have pointed out how stupid that designation was, because the vanity plates now read, "Classic Vehicle." (Click on the picture area to get a larger, more legible view.)
For those who don't know the difference between, "that" and, "who."
You can click on the picture to get a larger, more legible view. If anything seems a bit odd it could be because I'm finally experimenting with Lightroom instead of using Bridge>ACR>Photoshop, making web files with LR's Export function instead of my custom Batch Action.
Went for a couple hours of photo walkabout after picking up cat supplies at the PetSmart outlet in Waterbury. Interesting cloudy mid-day light. For some reason everything seemed to click into place. There will probably be quite a few posts here from today's shoot.
Many substantial residences in the old industrial towns in New England have been broken up into multiple apartments. This leads to modifications of the internal structure, and sometimes quite complex utility arrangements, in this case the cable feed. I'm going to make a point of looking for more of these. I'm intrigued at how picture of these modifications and adaptations can contain, or at least imply, a lot of visual backstory.