Posts tagged “red

A flower from Yunnan

Na Xi Flower - © Christopher Martin-7218

When I was in Shangri-La last September it was still early in their autumn season so wild flowers were still in bloom throughout the countryside.  I don’t know the name of this flower I found while traveling the countryside in the Na Xi region of Yunnan Province but it was strikingly beautiful to my eye.

2/19 update: Thank you Vicki and Jo Ann for identifying this flower as a Red Dahlia!


Old Ford Truck: Dusk on the Albertan Prairie

Out at my latest infatuation , this old F350 abandoned beside a country backroad, last night.  The evening light after the sun dropped behind the Rockies was great and with long exposures, light painting with a flash off camera and the steadily darkening sky, I had a great time.

I was so absorbed, I lost track of time and didn’t make it back to Redwood Meadows to enjoy the community fireworks for Canada Day.  I could see the explosions from the truck but with 25 kilometers between me and home, they were just small balls of color.

As night took hold, I finished with a couple of darker images that left more shadow in keeping with the dark sky to the east.


A Weathered Truck on the Prairie

I was exploring the country roads that divide up the fields along the prairie west of Calgary and found this old Ford 350 farm truck long since abandoned overlooking a river valley.  The truck looked like it had been left where it finally broke down, just past a cattle guard on a dirt track that led down to an old farmstead. 

With the deep blue sky of the early morning, the weathered reds and oranges of the cab and the hood made a nice contrast.  I liked working in the white line on the horizon where the Rocky Mountains are still covered with snow.  I will be back to this lonely Ford again soon to work in some star trails and light painting.  When the new green grass comes in, I’ll return to work with the three strong colors (two primaries – red and blue, and one secondary – green) as they will allow for some dynamic compositions by varying the amount of each color in a frame.  A great subject to find and I suppose it will be returning to work after having had at least a few years rest.

In the image below, I de-saturated the sky to emphasize the color in the truck (both the body and the rust on the bed’s frame.  It creates an interesting feel to this image as the relationship between the truck and the surrounding environment is different.

In this final picture from this set, I walked down towards the valley so that the sun’s position relative to the truck changed from behind and streaming over my shoulder to behind the truck backlighting the truck and throwing a lot of reflected light  towards the camera.  The washed out color that resulted allowed for an image very different from the others.


Cruising in style

A neighbor has this lovely old hot rod that he’s brought up to show condition.  He takes it out for a cruise now and then.  Here is one of the photos I’ve made as he rolls past.

The blur is created by using a slow shutter speed on the camera and then panning with the car as it drives by.  Here, the shutter is set to 1/8 seconds using a 300mm lens on my Canon 1D Mark III.

 

In this second image, I have softened edges in the image to play up the painterly quality of this motion blur.  In Adobe Lightroom, I reduced the clarity to -84, set sharpening to 0, and adjusted noise reduction (luminance 100, detail 0 and contrast 0).  A different look, I’m going to print both to see which I like more.