Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Heads

Peekskill, New York

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.

Garage

Seymour, Connecticut

Stormy light last May.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Sunflowers

Torrington, Connecticut

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.


Saturday, August 29, 2015

Car Wash

Clifton Forge, Virginia

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.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Cool-ie Neck Wrap

Waterbury, Connecticut

Once again the Dehaze, "effect," (working in Lightroom) let me increase the transparency of the window reflections without changing their shape or making them go away entirely.

Self Portrait

Union City (Naugatuck), Connecticut

The shadow, reflected light from a car bumper, on the Rt. 8 sign.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Pictures in the Windshield

Waterbury, Connecticut

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.

Red Tile Roof

Waterbury, Connecticut

It's an auto repair place now but it would be interesting to find out what it was built to be.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Classic Vehicle

Waterbury, Connecticut

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.)

Belle Financial Aid

Waterbury, Connecticut

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.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

DontDriveNude

Waterbury, Connecticut

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.

City Trees

Naugatuck, Connecticut

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Garden Party

Washington, Connecticut

Yesterday evening's garden party after the final concert of the season for the Washington Friends of Music and the New Baroque Soloists. Quite a setting for a party, too.


Friday, August 21, 2015

Wired

Seymour, Connecticut

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.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

THE SALVATION ARMY

Torrington, Connecticut

Another look at sultry summer weather in late July, the air building up for rain from sheer humidity.