Monday, December 3, 2012

100 Prints Project #50 - Valor at Rest #2

Another image from Fort Snelling National Cemetery.  I did my best to tone and darken so it would have a similar feel to the image I posted yesterday.  Those of the you that have worked with me in the wet darkroom know that I prefer my prints dark and moody.  This was another big compositional challenge and I debated about cropping out the overhanging branches, but in the end I didn't want to lose the vertical lines of the other trees.  I think there's one more image from this shoot that I'll post later in the week.  I hope you like this one.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

100 Prints Project #49 - Valor at Rest #1

The fog rolled in over night and this morning it was like looking at the world through an opaque lens.  I grabbed my gear and headed over to Fort Snelling National Cemetery, which is nearby.  I ride past the cemetery every morning on the light rail and can see lots of images in my head, but when I actually get there with my camera it is a place that is nothing but a huge compositional challenge for me.  This morning was no different.  By the time I arrived some of the fog had started to lift and the cemetery was busy with visitor cars and cemetery vehicles placing wreaths on some of the grave markers.  I became flustered and nervous, saw nothing but visual clutter and my mood became pretty discouraged.  This image is a good reflection of how I was feeling.  It was taken at ISO 1600 to give it some semblance of grain and then toned and darkened heavily in Photoshop.  If you're interested in the other technical details, my 70-200mm 2.8 with my 2x extender was mounted firmly on my tripod with an exposure of 1/3000 at f5.6.  I have a couple more that I took today that I might post later this week.