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Red House

School House Cherry Creek Nevada

So I shot this photo in a small ghost town called Cherry Creek, NV. When I made the photograph, I’m not sure why I was drawn to it. I set it center stage and put a lot of sky above it. I guess I wanted to emphasize its story of abandonment. Who knows? I just jumped out of the car, framed it as I saw fit and turned the shutter over. When I got home to process it, I was rockin’ some Jimi Hendrix on the old iTunes..Red House to be exact…and it came to me! The reason I tell you this story is that in contemporary photography, the influences you bring to the darkroom will have just as much impact on your image as the moment you photographed it. What you do with that knowledge is up to you.

Speaking of Music, I’ll have a cool new band for you to check out tomorrow so check back!

Photographer’s Note:

Here is the image as I applied 3 simple styling filters form the onOneSoftware Photo Suite. The digital darkroom is a fun place to hangout!

Telephoto Eyes

The Experiment: It is time to reveal the experiment I was conducting out in the Nevada Desert. What I wanted to find out was am I naturally telephoto or wide eyed. The experiment was simple, take a single versatile lens (in this case a Nikon 18-200) along on a 9 day road trip and photograph like crazy. I took my D7000 and 18-200 with me everywhere, and forced myself to never pass on a scene. Dark, light, cats or dogs…just make images. When I returned home, I analyzed the data to see if I naturally frame images below or above the normal 50mm mark. Well, it’s pretty apparent I have telephoto eyes. All but two of my images were composed below the 50mm mark.

Notes: I should note that I did have another camera and uber sexy lens along with me for another experiment I will share with you in the coming weeks. However, as an experiment control, I made an effort to leave the second body/lens behind when I would go out on daily photo walks.

Conclusion: I have given this a bit of thought, and this is what I arrived at. I’m still not sure I have purely telephoto eyes. It could be that telephoto lenses simply help enable the lazy photographer. As Jay Maisel says, ‘You are responsible for what is in your frame’. Well, it’s a lot easier to manage what’s in your frame if you isolate your subject with a telephoto lens. That being said, I could have both telephoto eyes and be a lazy photographer. I’m confident that I naturally see my compositions as isolated subjects in the chaos of the world’s canvas. However, I’m still trying to figure out if I’m lazy?

Photographer’s Note: As you know, I’m not a big ‘gear guy’. I dig whatever gets the job done, and for what I do, ‘all in one super zooms’ will often do it for me. Actually, most of the time. If you are interested, I posted a full review of this great Nikon 18-200 VR Lens on my reviews page (Click Here To Read) .

This Is John

This is John, we met him in a ghost town in eastern Nevada. He has lived here since 1974. Prior to that he was crew chief in the US Air Force. Not only does John coordinate the fire department, he also curates the museum. When we arrived in this small town the museum was closed. It took a local resident that drove to John’s house to let him know that he had visitors. He arrived shortly thereafter, let us in, and proceeded to tell us about the town and its history. After an hour or so, we had to hit the road. We left a modest donation and thanked him for his time.

If you remember back to a post I shared a couple weeks ago about trying to discover your calling, you might recall a bit I shared about my own. I mentioned that I personally enjoy meeting unique people in interesting places and sharing their story with a photograph. It’s something I haven’t done much of in the past, but it’s something I hope to do more of in the future. As regulars here, do you enjoy learning about the people that make this world unique? I’d be curious to hear your thoughts. Thanks!

As for today’s clue…the experiment I was conducting had to do with a tenant of this site. Anymore guesses?