Friday October 30, 2009

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – More work on icons, in this case the Chrysler Building at night.  It turns out that this is a little early in the winter to shoot Manhattan at night.  It looks best after the end of daylight savings time – it gets dark an hour earlier – so people are in their offices with their lights on.

The Chrysler Building
The Chrysler Building

Thursday October 29, 2009

I have a large ongoing project working with the problems of photographing iconic places.  Go to Google Earth – this spot in Manhattan has hundreds of blue squares – images uploaded by Google Earth users.  Sometimes point of view helps.  I have better and worse days – the image a day discipline has its downsides.

The Fifth Avenue Apple Store
The Fifth Avenue Apple Store

Saturday October 24, 2009

DRAIN, OREGON – We left the Oregon coast early, driving back up the Umpqua River.  The light was beautiful at about 10:00 so I stopped and photographed.  Another small town:  Drain, Oregon.  No kidding on the name.   Dale Allyn informed me that his dad was at one point the oldest living resident of Drain; that Drain, Oregon is the only town named Drain in North America; and that it’s named after Charles and Anna Drain, not the lowest point in a bathtub.

This is the Pacific Gateway Medical Clinic.

Drain, Oregon
Pacific Gateway Medical Clinic

Friday October 23, 2009

GOLD BEACH, OREGON – We spent October 23 here in Gold Beach, Oregon. The weather was terrible; the visibility on the beach was near zero. I spent a wet day in town taming infrared images of buildings.  This is part of a long-term project that i’m working on: small Western towns photographed in the shadow of Edward Weston; the use of infrared technique creates as sense of abstraction and other worldliness.

Curry County Courthouse, Gold Beach, Oregon
Curry County Courthouse, Gold Beach, Oregon

Wednesday October 21, 2009

BANDON BEACH, OREGON – I’m in Oregon to take part in a workshop sponsored by Jack Flesher and Guy Mancuso of GetDPI.com. The overt purpose is to photograph the Oregon coast using Bandon and Gold Beach as bases. The real purpose is to catch up with good friends and eat and drink too much. The Oregon coast really is rugged, foggy and generally wet. This is low tide at Bandon Beach.

Bandon Beach at sunset
Bandon Beach at sunset

Tuesday October 20, 2009

UMPQUA HIGHWAY, OREGON – A travel day.  Lovely fading light found me in Oregon driving on the Umpqua Highway (which follows the Umpqua River from Drain to Reedsport). But the road had no shoulders and no turnouts so I drove for miles looking for a safe place to stop with a view across the river to something – caught with a long lens.  I don’t ordinarily shoot long lenses; I don’t care for the flattened perspective and I never seem to get much of interest from them.  This image was made with two overlapping frames stitched together on the computer.  Thus the square format.

Umpqua Road Oregon
Umpqua Road Oregon