People from other parts of the country are surprised when I mention that we have no horizons in southern New England, unless you go down to Long Island Sound. All you can ever see is the short distance to the next hillside. This is true in West Virginia as well, except even more. The hills are just a lot higher.
Lots of shadows and darkness going around. I'm going to be interested to print this picture. A nice effect, that probably won't be visible from the sRGB JPEG file on most devices, is the color shift in the shadows. The deep shadow at the bottom is warm in color because it's getting a lot of bounce light from the sunlit brick wall. The shadows on the wall are much colder because they're illuminated only by clear blue sky overhead. The difference is subtle but clear in ProPhoto colorspace on a calibrated display, so I'll be curious to see how much of that I can maintain, ink on paper.
I'm another person who took the polls seriously and combined that with "common sense" to think Trump didn't have much chance. But what I saw on a 2,500 mile shooting trip just two weeks ago down to WV/VA and back should have struck a counter note. Lawn signs and shop windows tilted heavily against Clinton/Kane, along with the mysterious effect I mentioned in an earlier post, where many candidates didn't show either party affiliation or the top of the ticket candidates.
This year I've noticed something strange about many of the political advertising posters, lawn signs, and even direct mail pieces. Many of them, like this political field office spotted in the parking lot of a big strip mall on a mid-October evening, advertise candidates for various offices without mentioning the top of the ticket candidates, or even party affiliation. I don't recall from previous elections seeing advertising that didn't tell you whether the candidate was a Republican or a Democrat. This year I've been seeing it everywhere I've been, from southern New England to Virginia.
Speaking of advertising, here's another view from that same parking lot that evening.
I don't recall ever seeing a billboard advertising "$70 PHYSICALS" before either.
I'd been to Webster Springs back in 2003 and found the town fascinating, but somehow not suited to the large format black and white work I was doing on that trip. So back on Oct. 19 when I found myself nearby, I returned, left the big cameras in the car, and wandered around for a while with a couple digital cameras. The place was as promising as I'd remembered.
Summer drought conditions have made for subdued autumn color everywhere I've looked on the east coast in recent weeks, but then sometimes subtle is just the thing. This is looking southeast from the Blue Ridge Parkway back toward the foothill town of Buena Vista. I made a very different black and white panoramic shot from the same position with the 7x17-inch camera. It will be interesting to compare the two versions.