Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The road to somewhere


The road to somewhere
Originally uploaded by Dave Traynor
Out for a walk with my new camera. What I'm enjoying the most is the view through the viewfinder. I haven't used a viewfinder for a long time. With the smaller digital cameras, its more natural to hold the camera out in front of you and look at your picture in the viewer on the back of the camera. But with this new Nikon, I'm back to composing my images with the camera up to my eye and looking through the viewfinder. It's the way I always used to use film cameras and it feels very natural.

And sometimes, something comes along that you don't even notice when you take the picture. That's what's happening here. Any ideas on what it might be? Add your ideas in the comments. I might or might not add the answer later, so check the box in the comments if you want to be notified when another comment gets posted.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Um -- why does it look like there's a giant orange ball rolling towards you in the background? It's a beautiful shot though!

Melanie

Dave said...

"Giant orange ball"...that' a good suggestion. We'll see what else people come up with. Thanks for the compliment, Mel.

Anonymous said...

the suspense is killing me....
Darryl

Heather said...

It's the new Cineplex Odeon theatre in our neighbourhood. Yippee!

Dave said...

OK, looks like we're not getting any more comments on this thread, so I'll fill you in on what you're seeing. Melanie was close...that is a big orange ball in the background. The original sky behind the trees was pretty washed out, so I was experimenting with adding something to it in Photoshop. I used a radial gradient setting and this is what I ended up with. It's not exactly something that would be found in nature, but I like it.

It reminds me of one of my favourite photos. I shot an image of the setting sun using a 500 mm lens, with a 2x teleconverter on it and then superimposed a shot of a couple of kids riding their bikes across the setting sun sinking below the horizon. It was gorgeous. You knew it couldn't be real but it looked so good, you overlooked that. Too bad I can't find that image anywhere...

Anyway, I suspect that's why I like this image - it does look like a giant sun is rising or setting behind the trees, doesn't it?