I went hiking with a friend along a creek in Santa Barbara County . . . pushed up against a log, these fallen leaves let me know that autumn was here and summer was winding down.
While this is a pretty bleak looking landscape, it also shows you how the heat of summer dries the winter grasses. One match, and whoosh! Too many fires already in California.
When I saw this photo, I was really pleased. I never thought I could get a picture like this with film. In digital, I’ve done it a lot, but never in film. The lens I used was wide open, just to see if I could nail sharpness and blur.
With Autumn upon us, one recalls life and death. With today being Halloween – All Hallow’s Eve – Samhain – the line between the living and dead blows thin. We were in Colorado last week to put to rest the remains of my oldest brother, who passed away last April. He had a hard life after he left home, so he died relatively young. These leaves are part of the oak grove where we laid his ashes. From here, he can see across the plateau to the snow-covered mountains miles away. Be at peace, brother.
A new-to-me film, recommended by one whose photography I admire: Kodak UltraMax 400. Not an expensive film. I shot the roll at the recommended iso, using the automatic exposure element in a Ricoh XR-10 camera, and a Vivitar 28-70mm lens. The guy at the photo lab suggest I shoot all 400 at 320 iso instead – longer exposure, better color. I’ve loaded another roll of the same film, in the same camera, to test it out at a lower iso.
This image was doctored a bit in LR.
I think we may have had 2 inches / 5 cm. of rain this spring. That’s it. The hills are now an August-brown, and the lush growth of a month ago is turning the colors of autumn. Drought.