This is a pano of 4-5 images I took with my phone when I went out chasing the sunset the other day. I found most of our walking areas closed because of the rains – muddy trails, swollen creeks – and so followed roads into the surrounding mountains. When I came to this view, I had to really think – where is this? It took a minute, but then I realized I was overlooking the Santa Rosa Valley (I live in the Conejo Valley), from a vantage point I had never seen.
The temperatures this summer, locally and worldwide, seem to have been – and continue to be – brutal. Finally, nights are cooling down and the day’s highs are 85, not 105, in Fahrenheit (not C fortunately!).
Film, two images merged in PS6. Cosina CX-2, Agfa Vista 200.
This has been – and still is – a summer with heat every day. Luckily, the nights cool off from 100F to 72F, and the humidity is low. That is the only good news is that life is bearable. But, with fires burning everywhere in California, the sky is not blue but yellowish, and the light that comes in has a orangish glow. Ash is dropping out of the sky.
I haven’t been doing too much of anything for the past several weeks for a lot of reasons, but lately I’ve been struck with the urge to look at some of my pictures differently in post: I don’t care what they “should” look like, I want them to “express” what I want them to look like! And this heat is the perfect example of expression.
Taken with a Cosina CX-2, panorama of 9 images, stitched together and cropped in PS6 using Agfa Vista 200 film.
Yesterday’s image is on the left side of this panorama. On the right, you can see smouldering hillsides. The distance from right to left is easily 30 miles / 50 km. Beyond the towering smoke clouds the fire is moving into wilder territory which is harder to control and into Santa Barbara County. For reference purposes, Ventura County is the coastal county directly north of Los Angeles County.
To date, 230,000 acres burned, 1000 buildings destroyed. Here in Ventura County, there is a real concern that much of the economy is being destroyed as there are large swaths of orchards, citrus and avocados, which have been destroyed.
I’ve been rather busy painting and drawing, and keep meaning to get out the camera along with the pen and ink and colors and paper. As well as that, I keep looking for things to draw, and this is where having about 20 years of digital photos is pretty nice – and rather overwhelming! Looking for things to draw prompted me to look through my work. Some is good, some is bad, as in any creative hobby! Success varies and ideas of success vary with the time of viewing.
Another picture from my excursion into a damp and foggy world (a rarity of late here in SoCal where temperatures have been heinously high). This time, a panorama of about 9 images, cropped and edited a bit. I used the Df and 24-85 lens.
That morning, the fog was very thick, and even around 9:30 a.m. when I took this, the fog was dense. Only later did the sun break through. It was rather eerie to wander alone . . . just a few days from Halloween!
My historical vacation photos on film always ended up . . . as the backsides of deer. My first visit to Yosemite seemed to be image after image of deer butts. I had my first “real” film camera, a Canon A-1 (which I still have and is really beat up) and no idea how to use it. Or how to frame. Or anything. It was as annoying as hell, and I walked away from photography until the Nikon Hit Man loaned me his D70 years ago. Since then, I’ve returned to film, considerably more adept at avoiding deer butts than in the past.
I am not sure where this was taken in the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, but I really liked the field of wildflowers, the edge of pine, and then the Tetons rising up from the valley floor. If I can, one day I want to spend more time truly exploring this area and hiking along the trails – possibly even higher up than we were.
I used the Olympus OM-1n, Cinestill 50, Olympus 35-70mm lens, and the Pakon to scan. This is a pano of 2 or 3 images stitched together in LR with some post.