Sloughhouse (CA), Shadow, Screen, Gourds, Monochrome

ISO100, 35mm (prime lens), f/1.8, 1/500 sec
Davis Ranch in Sloughhouse, CA

Another photograph shot at Davis Ranch during the “shoot only with my prime lens” exercise.  Why prime only?  A zoom lens tends to result in what usually happens when something is made easier — we get lazy.  We sometimes become complacent with where we are standing and use the lens zoom as the means of movement.  I suppose the same can be said for tripods.  Set the legs on full extension and leave them as such until it is time to pack to the next location or go home.

(Click thru the image for the 700px view)

Using a prime lens and no tripod forces me to move, crouch, stretch, and contort to frame the shot.

I caught sight of these shadows on the windscreen created by the crate of dried gourds on the other side.  The top shadow reminds me a bit of a quail more than anything else.  During post, one of the main elements I wanted to show were the faint shapes of the actual gourds on the other side.  A bit of symmetry usually not seen since we more often see shadows projected on a surface rather than from the other side of the semi-transparent surface.

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, ISO 100, 35mm (prime lens), f/1.8, 1/500 sec

Sloughhouse (CA), Shadow, Screen, Gourds, Monochrome. Sloughhouse, California. September 14, 2013. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.


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