When I was in WVa last October I made lots of jpeg pictures with my TG-6 camera. When I processed them for display on my blog after getting home I was a little disappointed in them. Now that I have recently gone back to using my TG-6 more, I have been using one of my recent presets as a starting point and I like the older jpeg images a lot better after I reprocess them. The image above is one that I reworked. The final result is more pleasing and more realistic.
These are some pictures taken of the sides and back of the house at 123 Floyd Street. I’m showing these as I considered displaying the previous ones in a toned monochrome; but, I decided that the color images were more graphic for showing the decay, trash, etc.
I first made this image in WV in late November of 2016 at Blackwater Falls State Park when there was a little snow on the ground here and there. I have recently been rounding out my search for what I most like to photograph as well as the cameras best suited for doing more of it. I sure wish I could make more like this one; but, it was a matter of being in the right place at the right time.
I’m still “shaking out” different cameras, lenses, and processing to narrow down what I would like to aim for in future photography. My biggest challenge is to make similar images from within my current environment.
Getting up to, and down from, Dolly Sods in West Virginia is a slow rough trip over a very rocky road. The roads are steep and the rains wash out the soil leaving the rocks protruding so that your vehicle tires have to keep running over rough rocks. It makes for a very bumpy ride. The trip had me missing my older four wheel raised pickup truck with ten-inch clearance and sturdier tires. Fortunately we didn’t have any trouble but when I stopped on top near a pickup truck, the truck driver asked me if I had any wire or a metal coat hanger. I didn’t. His tail pipe had vibrated loose, or was knocked loose, and was dragging the ground and he needed to tie it up.
We walked along Lake Pendleton at Blackwater Falls State Park in West Virginia. At the end of the walk we went up the wooden steps to get on the old mine road beyond the park, and made the following images.
Beaver Dam on Blackwater River in Canaan Valley Resort State Park in West Virginia
We went to West Virginia to see the leaf colors and visit some of our old haunts: Blackwater Falls and Canaan Valley State Parks, Dolly Sods, and Seneca Rocks. The leaves were at peak colors on the higher elevations, but in general they are duller this year.
This is a picture of the house where my grandparents and two aunts lived when I was young. Some of my first pictures were made in that house and from the front porch; but, I didn’t take the above picture. My brother captured it right before the house was torn down.
The following picture, made by me sometime around 1958 inside the front room of the house, shows my grandfather, grandmother, father, and brother.
A view of Blackwater Falls from the Gentle Trail overlook.
The following two images are of the sled run and the conveyer belt that takes you and your sled up to the top. It is a nice long sled run with a no-effort trip to the top so you can go back down again. They have improved the experience. The last time I was there they had an old truck at the top with a winch to pull a rope up the hill while you held onto the rope.
When I originally photographed scenes in WV I was hoping that they would make good monochrome images. Some of them have worked for monochrome, but maybe some have not. Since the scenes contain such complex compositions of browns and greens, different things are lost or amplified when viewing them in monochrome. Personally I could go with monochrome, but I imagine most would prefer color.
There is more “beauty” in the color renditions, but if the message is the randomness of the ecology of the woods, the decay, the complexity of death, etc., the monochrome images portray a different “story” from the color ones.
Or is that I don’t see much “beauty” in the world, especially as I look forward into the future.