From the Attic of the John Muir House, is a Domestic sewing machine. It is pretty cool to see the simplicity of the old sewing machines compared to their modern counterparts. You can see some of the leaf and flower etchings in the metal. This shot was backlight substantially from the window. I used three exposures to balance it a bit more like what was actually seen, then did some color toning to drive home the antique feel.
In the attic of the John Muir house, there is this cool, old baby carriage. This shot was challenging since it was really dark. As you can see there are some harsh shadows from the light bulbs off-frame. Again, this is a 3 exposure HDR image, with the longest being 30 seconds. In PP, I tried to create a very dusty, old feel that was the modern lighting attempted to steal from the scene.
Here’s a creative piece from my trip on the Suisun Bay. I’ll let this one tell its own story as it has had lots of work done to it.
On our boating adventure in the Suisun Bay, we toured the mothballed fleet, aka the ghost fleet. There is a wide variety of ships and levels of decay. This particular ship is the USS Clamp, which is a Diver-class rescue and salvage ship from WWII. Her fate is to sit next to lots of other vessels indefinitely. This is a three-exposure HDR image taken while on another boat, which was moving while I was trying to be my own steady-cam.
Today I was lucky enough to be invited on a photography field trip with the Peninsula Camera Club to go out shooting the mothballed navy ships in Suisun Bay as well as the John Muir house in Martinez, CA. This image is a shot of one of the rooms in the John Muir house looking out to the front. It has a piano and some chairs. Off to the left is a fireplace that my lens was just not wide enough to pick out. I was a bit limited with what I could include in the shots since I can’t get too wide. I will definitely have to visit her again when I get some better gear. Look forward to more shots from the John Muir house as well as some shots of the fleet, including the USS Iowa.
Back to the construction images. While not quite as nifty-cool as good-ol’ urbex type shooting, this was still pretty fun to do. How do you make something cool to look at with a very plain space. This image is what will become the lunch room / large meeting room. It will look nicer once the wood floors are in I’m sure. 🙂
There were lots and lots of dry things on our walk. It is after all, California in the summer. Thistles in general are pretty interesting to look at regardless if they are green or brown. The sun was high overhead which made these pretty challenging to shoot and get the interesting detail out of. This is a three exposure HDR image to bring out some of the detail in the center of the front thistle.
Here is the other image of the inside of the shack from yesterday. While this one lacks the wonderful junk vs. beauty contrast, it certainly screams junk and abandoned in spades. The right-most window is the same one you saw in yesterday’s image. The early morning light really makes this work. Now that I am home, I would have preferred to see more off to the left of the image than is there. I’ll have to try again one day.
As promised, here are the delicious strawberries. The cherries are an heirloom variety known as Coral Cherries. They are the best cherries I’ve ever had. This was a shot done in my window again for the nice lighting. If anyone wants to, have a moment of silence for this fruit. It was promptly devoured by the kids after I was done shooting.
One more sunset from Saturday’s short excursion. I made my attempt to capture this as I saw it, and it was gorgeous. I wanted a plane in the shot, but I am not sure what I would have done with one since I bet it would have been blurry with the long shutter speeds.