Tuesday, August 13, 2013

MORE WALKER'S POINT

I keep finding myself going back to Walker's Point to look for photo ops.  One of the early shots I got was of an older brick-faced building common to the area.  I took this on the oblique and felt that it worked best as a black & white.


I thought that the oblique angle and heightened contrast added depth to the shot.

On the other hand, I also took a few shots of a nearby building straight on.  In this case I was attracted to the fact that one vertical set of the building's windows was offset from the others.


I had to do a bit of cropping to make this work without including any distracting elements.  This also worked as a black & white.


I spent some time in post processing also to eliminate the appearance of the upper windows "leaning in" due to the fact that they were further from the lens.  In this case I wanted to create a sense of abstraction and thought that the normal perspective effect (lean-in) detracted from that.

I found myself in a secluded area on the north side of the railroad tracks that border what is known as the Tannery complex.  There is some interesting graffiti on a low concrete wall that I have shot before.  Rather than shooting the larger graffiti scene, I saw the paint patterns, which show some interesting color combinations, as well as a good deal of peeling failure, as an opportunity in abstraction.  Here are a few examples.




Yup, this last is a close-up of a portion of the shot above it.

The day was overcast, and I wound up using a tripod to keep the images sharp.

Finally, I spotted a double garage door that had been painted red at some point in the past.  The doors faced south and were showing a lot of fading and general paint failure.


Could the writing in the windows of the door on the right mean that someone fell in love on 4/1/12?

The door on the left actually had a smaller, walk-through door built into it, as shown in the following shot.


Here are a couple of close-ups that reveal that before the doors were painted red, they had been painted green.  There was plenty of light on these south-facing doors and I took these shots handheld.



John

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