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"The pleasure we derive from the representation of the present is due, not only to the beauty it can be clothed in, but also to its essential quality of being the present." -Charles Baudelaire
Saturday the 18th was the second annual Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk
. This is the first time I participated, and not because I expected to win any prizes (though some are pretty sick, and that would be awesome), but because I wanted to talk with other local photographers and I always like an excuse to get out and shoot. The boundary for our Albany contingent was the entirety of Washington Park, which didn't necessarily inspire me and had a huge impact on my output. How many times have I shot the park before? How many more photos of flowers or the lake do I need? I was also resigned to the expectation that someone would take a photo of the lake bridge, with the reflection in the water, HDR the shit out of it, and that would win for our group (I was close, nobody HDRed the lake but there were a few photos of the Moses statue).
Yeah, in short, I didn't really care about the actual photography too much.
I made my personal assignment to shoot people. I threw the 70-300mm on, headed straight to the dog park first, and paparrazi'd my way through our two hour window. And that was actually surprisingly fun. I shot very conservatively, and had somewhere around a 20-25% return rate, which is pretty good considering how many shots of running dogs I took. Next I'll have to actually approach and talk to people when I take their pictures. Yeah right.
The two photos I submitted for the contest are above, though I still don't expect them to go anywhere. In all honesty, this guy Bob should get the winning photo; not only were both his submissions great, but he deserves it, he's been around and shooting for years, has had assignments on other continents, the whole bit. He knows his stuff, it shows, and there's a lot people like me can learn from him. So that's who I'm pulling for. A few more of my favorites from the day below.
Today is B&W day
Five more photos from the factory in Gloversville are up on flickr. Converted these to B&W using GIMP, channel mixer method.
Lots more photos to process. A few dozen more from this site, plus results from the Scott Kelby Photo Walk last weekend, and a dog walk to an ice cream shop. Keep watching, there will be plenty to come in the next few days.
It's time for me to order the 50mm f/1.8, I think. Taking a trip next month, and I may need the extra functionality, especially for "family moments" indoors.
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This sign was the main clue to the former life of this plant. Fatliquor is used in the tanning process.
More urbex shots, because nobody can ever have enough of those. This time it's an abandoned leather factory in Gloversville that we visited on the 12th. Ever wonder how Gloversville got its name? From the City of Gloversville's official website
: "With the coming of the FJ&G railroad in 1870, Gloversville's glove industry boomed, and it became known as the glove Capitol of the World, later the industry adopted the slogan "Gloversville Gloves America", and later the word world was substituted."
There were surprises around every corner here. A junked Mercedes and Lincoln Continental sit in a crumbling garage. The flooded boiler room is under a foot and a half of water that seeped in from a holding pond. The main facility is made up of three long buildings with drainage trenches running through the center. Walls and roofs are crumbling; as we climbed up a set of concrete steps one gave way underneath us. An anachronistic barn stands ominously outside the site, tucked into the woods. A bizarre place, overall.
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"He who looks through an open window sees fewer things than he who looks through a closed window." -Baudelaire
Still working on the urbex photos from last weekend. In the meantime, the Albany photography meetup group did a Troy photo walk yesterday. Yes, we had severe thunderstorms and hail. Thankfully, everything stopped shortly before 7:00 so we got a couple hours of good light -- excellent, after storm light, even.
It was a fun excursion, though I wasn't really there to take photos as much as I was to gauge interest in the group, and see who was what, if you catch me. Despite the weather, seven people showed, which I'll take as a good sign; a couple others posted to the group disappointed that they either showed late and couldn't find anyone or that they didn't show at all for fear to getting soaked. I did take a few more shots on film; I really want to just use up the rest of this roll so I can get it developed and see how well this camera has held up.
The real problem with shooting Troy in the evening is that almost all of the buildings are 3-5 stories, and lined up edge to edge. Once the sun gets too low -- low enough to where the light gets really nice -- you can't use
any of it because you're perpetually in shadow. Unless you want to shoot the tops of buildings. Right. Still, I managed to get off a few decent photos. Enjoy.
I feel like I should be listening to some Red Hot Chili Peppers ca. 1991?
Due to an extremely messed up sleep schedule, I ended up just not sleeping Friday night. When I noticed the light coming in the windows, I figured why take advantage of the early morning "golden hour" and wandered around downtown Albany with a couple cameras. I wasn't expecting much, which is always a good plan if you want results to exceed expectations. Of course, the time of day lent itself to more shadow work.
I'm still a bit tired and for the last two days have felt like I've come off a three week bender including coke and strippers. Not that I have firsthand experience of what that feels like, but this is what I imagine it must be.
Today we're taking a field trip to an urbex site that S found, about a mile away. I've got B&W film in the Pentax so I'll be taking that along with the Rebel. In other good news, I finally wrote a check so I officially own my first DSLR.