This farm in WV is a place I've returned to for pictures many times, though not for over ten years now. At the beginning of my recent expedition to VA/WV this was the first place I visited. The fields showed the effect of a summer-long drought, as did the desaturated fall colors, but I think the b&w negative is promising. This is a snapshot of the setup after I'd made the exposure. The horse turned up at the crest of the right hand hill just on cue. I've been developing my film from the trip over the past couple days.
This is a "digiproof"—a quick 'n dirty positive file of the picture made by copying the sleeved negative resting on a lightbox, using a digital camera. It's not supposed to look like a good print—its purpose is simply to give me a positive rendering of the negative; one I can refer to as often as I like without repeatedly handling the negatives, and of course there's no materials expense to create it.
Normally, clear sky and bright sun is not my favorite shooting situation, but after days on end of extremely dull overcast and landscapes that are obviously, visually, blighted by drought, yesterday was a relief to have bright light and plenty of subjects to respond to it. These are a few of the large format shots from the day. Lots of digital capture as well. Heading out again today for a last shoot of the expedition with freshly loaded film holders.
The tires on my car were worn right down to the warning strips so last week it was high time to replace them. I've been getting tires from the same little place for at least twenty-five years now. I always seem to find something to photograph while there.
Living out in the country I don't often find myself walking past doorways. When I'm in the city of course I'm always walking past doorways, and find they often catch my interest. Here are four from my recent workshop weekend.
This is a strange little place on the main drag through town. It's hard to tell if it's an antique shop, used clothing store, gallery, or what. I'll have to remember to stop by on a weekday when it's open so I can ask about it.