Digital infrared converted to black and white.
While climbing up Bear Mountain, roughly 1,000 feet on a trail comprised mostly of stone steps, I looked for photo opportunities short of the summit, not only because they could be worthwhile but also because they provide an excuse to rest a bit. I couldn’t pause too long, as I had gotten a late start and wanted to make the top before sunset, but I did pause here for a few shots. I would estimate this is about 2/3 of the way to the top.
I processed this strictly in using pretty basic tools Aperture and the Nik suite, yet it ended up have a painterly, HDR look, and the sky was prone to the banding and discoloration typical of HDR processing. That’s why I had to scramble to post another image yesterday while I fixed this one. I still think there’s something a bit “off” about it, but I’m curious what others might think.
This was unplanned in at least two ways. First, I was not planning on making a double exposure. Second, I did plan to run a different image today, but as happened just a week or two ago with a different image, I noticed just before preparing the post that the sky does not look quite right and I would rather fix it before posting. So I saw this available, tweaked it a bit and post it as a bit of a curiosity.
This is from a trip I made up to Poughkeepsie last weekend in a failed attempt to get some scenic shots of fall colors, the Hudson river valley, and the two bridges that bookend Poughkeepsie. Unfortunately while I was driving up the weather turned on me and I had an ugly grey completely overcast sky with flat, ugly light. Few of the images I took will be worthwhile. It’s an image of a house near the river with another photo of the river taken from the waterfront. By accident, the line of the bridge almost perfectly lines up and carries straight through the house, creating some illusion of a translucent house through which you can see the bridge and opposite river bank.
It’s not my best, but it will do as a pinch hitter.
I had a busy and eventful weekend, some good some not so great, and a lot of plans had to be revised on the fly. I had planned to take my daughter Claire with me to Bear Mountain State Park on Sunday, but events intervened and I had to go solo. With all that was going on, I ended up getting there later than I wanted and barely made the climb up the path to the summit in time for sunset. I got here with maybe 15 minutes to spare, and ended up composing and grabbing shots on the fly. I did OK, and the sky and views were stunning, but I think I actually composed some of my iPhone shots better than I did with the Fuji. I also took some film shots and we’ll just have to wait for those.
Meanwhile, I had forgotten that this small lake sits at the base of the mountain. The twilight was showing it off rather nicely so I decided to go for some long exposures before driving home. I played around with it quite a bit, and settled on this black and white look, but I think I will also share a color version soon.
I’m not sure if there’s some light/physics explanation for it, or if it’s just in my head and perception, but something about the medium format 80mm lens makes me love its performance on architectural shots.