3 Guys: Rey, Joey and Ed
1 Venue: Borderland State Park
Last Saturday, Rey, Joey and I managed to squeeze an hour-long photo walk into a busy afternoon. We wandered about the grounds, together and apart, with no particular agenda or objective.
As we were leaving, we agreed to each select some photos and combine them into this post, to see how similar, or divergent our perspectives were. Here are the results.
These shots are with my Fuji x100s and are in macro-mode. I wanted to capture the aspects of Borderland State Park that perhaps most people over look. I had other images that I liked but I selected these in particular because I think they best showcase my intentions for the day. In essence, I wanted to see if I could capture with my 35mm what most people capture with an 18-200mm. I think these pictures illustrate the general versatility of the x100s, and how the obvious constraint that accompanies the camera may in fact be a blessing in disguise. The mere fact that the lens is fixed forces the photographer to compose on a more intimate level and in this case, I believe that constraint helped focus me towards two worthy subjects.
This shot was one of my first images from that day. I tend to start wide and then work in closer with my camera and lenses when I’m shooting a new scene. Using a Fujifilm X-E1 and Fujifilm 14mm lens, I did something I rarely do – I used the in camera (black & white, red filter) processing to make the conversion from color. Fujis always do a nice job of this in my opinion. I corrected for vertical distortion (backward lean) in Lightroom 5 and used a gradient in the sky to darken it up a bit.
While Ed and Joey were shooting out to the side and back, I wandered over to the far end and found this obviously barely used back door path. I wondered if it was simply overgrown or whether a gardner’s artistic touch gave it this old world charm. By this point, I had mounted the Fujiflm 18-55 lens as I was appreciating the versatility of a zoom.
Stuck by the richness of the greens against the backdrop of an arid rock and dry dirt garden, I wandered by this inviting archway. Though I’ve never been there, I was transported to Jerusalem and imagined myself wandering along a path a few thousand years prior. Somehow, despite the green on earth tone appearance, a black and white conversion worked better for me. That’s probably because Jerusalem 2000 years ago seems like a black and white time.
Joey and I were hanging out together for a time, and this butterfly, shot with the Sony NEX 6, Sony 55-210 zoom and Sony VCL-DH 1758 tele-converter, is the same one Joey featured above. While its wings from the rear showed a beautiful blue on black pattern, it was the view from the side that revealed these oranges and yellows.
Although you can’t tell from the work of my esteemed colleagues, there actually were people at the park. After all, it’s a Saturday afternoon in July! What better place to while away the hours?
In fact, there were many people in the park, pursuing their own interests, whether it was the bridal party queuing up for the photographer, the children chasing merrily, or the couple headed to the free Shakespearian performance. There was in fact, something for everyone.
So there you have it – three guys, three perspectives.
What do you think – similar or unique? What would you have captured? Care to join us next time?
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