JEFF OLIVER, ON THE HIGH ROAD TO TAOS

JEFF image-85C9974F0FBE-1.jpeg

That’s Jeff, my Grandson-in-law, husband of Emily, father of Brianna and baby Hazel, gone wild with his iPhone, shooting up a storm. I think I’ve met my match!

Snapshot to Photograph

IMG_4581.JPGI took this quick snapshot from the hip and without thinking much about it. I noticed the scene as I was walking past, and just shot reflexively.

IMG_4583.JPG

I shot again as I got closer, and then a third time. All the images were way off level, badly cropped and not especially interesting. I was tempted to delete them, but decided to let them be while I went on looking for something better.

IMG_4585

On another day, as I was looking through my shots while in less of a hurry, I was first attracted to the bright colors of the flag, but when I looked more closely, I began to zero in on the relationships of the figures, and the color in the sunglasses on the figure on the left. Those great boots, also interested me.

I zoomed in for a closer look, and when I saw the center figure’s eyelashes, and all three expressions, I was hooked. I wasn’t entirely sure it would work, but decided to try rotating the image to level it up. It worked, and I liked what I was seeing.

I then cropped it, and began playing with it in Snapseed, using the TuneImage/Ambiance, and other sliders to open up the shadows and sharpened it a bit using the Details/Structure slider. I framed it with Frames, changed it to black and white, added a blue filter to lighten the sky, then, back in the Tune Image menu, I added some warmth, and there it was, the photo of the day for my Instagram gallery, @johnfarnsworthphotographer.

IMG_9485.JPG

I’m glad I didn’t delete the original. I do wish I could give a more blow by blow account of the way I proceeded with it, but I don’t keep a record of the steps I take, and seldom repeat myself exactly, preferring to just play with the sliders, dodging, burning, adjusting, caressing and manipulating until I find the photograph lurking in the snapshot.

As Ansel Adams said: “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”

Day’s End

JPEG image-99E209656F8E-1.jpeg

This group of cottonwood trees is something I just can’t resist shooting any time I pass it on my way to Albuquerque. I decided to add a hint of a campfire to thescene by moving a spot of light from the setting sun, using TouchRetouch’s clone stamp and painting over it a little using the healing tool and the dodge and burn tool in Snapseed.

TWENTYNINE PALMS

IMG_9424 2.JPG

I spotted this old stake-bed Dodge workhorse in Twentynine Palms, California while walking around with my trusty iPhone 4s, five years ago. I came across it again, on my computer, last evening, and decided to have a go at it with Snapseed. A little caressing, massaging, and fine tuning with the sliders and this is what I came up with. I hope you like it. Prints available.

Still life

JPEG image-2D82B581F839-1.jpeg

I see it still has wheels; maybe its life isn’t over yet. I’ll bet the owner still has plans for it…

JUST ANOTHER NEW MEXICO SUNSET

IMG_9529.JPG

 

CHARRO REINING IN HIS MOUNT

CHARRO REINING IN HIS MOUNT / iPhone 6s Plus / Snapseed

A bull comes charging out of the chute, a Charro gallops alongside grabs the tail of the bull, wraps his leg around it, and as he speeds past, flips the bull over onto its back. Speeding across the arena, he reins his horse to a halt, just inches from the wall.

I have many images of the flipping of the bull from previous Charreadas. This trip, having limited myself to photographing with my iPhone, I sought a new perspective. I positioned my self at the wall. Most of the riders veered off to one side or the other, but, occasionnaly, one would gallop directly toward me. Those were the times that made for some interesting images.

I had a good rest today and am almost back to abnormal. It's that old seventeen year old kid inside a ninety four year old body again. I plan on taking it fairly easy for the next four days, after moving to new digs tomorrow smack in the middle of downtown Puerto Vallarta, just a couple of blocks from the Malecón and the blue Pacific. 'Tis the season, and I may even see some whales and their babies.

And no snow!

But now, more resting…

Hasta mañana.