I am now 11 days into my project with one and a half good sessions of photography under my belt.
This post is about the half session I had yesterday morning (early morning). I knew that I wanted to photograph parts of the region in the early morning light. The hills, mountains, trees, and natural features face East and West so I wanted different lighting and different ambience to choose from. Because I am doing this project between working hours and we have had a lot of rain lately, this meant that I would need to get up and get out before work one morning when the weather broke.
That morning was yesterday. My alarm went off at 4:15am. As I lay bleary-eyed in bed, I thought "well, the light will probably not be very good anyway, I guess I should go back to sleep and try again some other morning". I was millimeters away from convincing myself that I really needed to go back to sleep. When I took a look out the window, I saw a clear sky and a full moon. Holy Cow! Now my commitment was being put to the test. If I wanted to really put forward a quality effort in the spirit of Sofobomo, now was the time to put up or shut up.
One hot shower and a thermos of coffee later, I was on the road. I reached the Point-of-Rocks bridge at precisely 6am. I would shoot until 8:30am and then head into the office with the rest of rush hour.
I have been studying maps of the region and making sure I get off of the main road and wander as much as possible. I made several exposures at the bridge in the beautiful morning light and headed north. I took a small road off of Route 15 and headed towards Adamstown. On the outskirts of the village, I saw the scene pictured above. Halt! Find a place to park the car!
Camera on tripod, 45mm TS/E Lens already in place, mirror-lockup enabled. A couple of degrees of tilt to keep the near and far in focus, and a small amount of shift for better framing while keeping the camera back level - this image is the result. Because I have photographed so long with a view camera, I tend to see and line up landscapes and architectural images with camera movements already in place. This was no exception.
My morning outing was a success. I had several keepers that are now swirling in the mix to be part of the final 35. Life is good. I didn't even notice the rush-hour traffic into the office or the fact that I was a little tired yesterday evening............In my opinion, this is what it is all about.
One technical note, the standard Canon 45mm TSE lens will not allow you to have shift and tilt movements on the same axis. This is contrary to the way I work with a view camera. I had Canon Technical Support modify all of my tilt/shift lenses to put the tilt and shift controls on the same axis. Canon's newest 24mm TSE lens has the ability to rotate the axis already built-in eliminating the need for a custom modification. Progress comes in small doses.......