Moving on to Montana, after a frustrating couple of days in Palouse…either grayish blue hazy cloudless skies, or just plain totally socked in! A few flashes of decent light between the clouds. But basically, no middle ground. Fortunately, the B&W infrared isn’t as fussy about haze as color and can make even the wispiest clouds pop.
Killed me because I found a couple of tasty new locations, had a plane lined up to do aerials, but “wizzout ze light, we are nuzzing.” Plus, Peggy says this is supposed to be relaxing trip…so why have I been up at 4:30am the last four mornings? Guess I’ll just have to come back! Or rely on my film archives of the area from my first trip.
We did find a very fine restaurant, Swillys, in Pullman and enjoyed a bottle of wonderful Walla Walla white wine (say that three times fast), so my observation that the landscape in the Palouse, but not the food and wine, really reminded of Tuscany needs some (but not a lot) of modification.
It’s a little off topic, but remember my recent post about the death of Kodachrome? Well, some folks over at a Leica forum are holding a Kodachrome shooting contest. I think you have to shoot it in a Leica (I didn’t read all the rules) but the poster had a very interesting tagline.
I have to admit, it’s a very colorful way of stating the difference in the look between digital and film, a difference I’ve often noticed myself as I’m pixel-peeping at 100%, but never thought to state it so, um, graphically.
“Digital is like shaved legs on a man – very smooth and clean but there is something acutely disconcerting about it.”
Remember, I didn’t say it, I’m just reporting it. Now, discuss among yourselves, and have a great weekend!
Hit the jump for a couple more Palouse images, and I’ll keep you posted.
This Post Has 7 Comments
Paul Dymond1 Aug 2009
Hey Bob, that infrared is gorgeous! What a great new way to see the landscape and come away with something fantastic even when the light is doing its darndest not to help you.
Bob1 Aug 2009
Hi Paul: Yes, the IR is a pretty good bailout technique. I’m trying to shoot both color and B&W for this trip. I managed to get a couple of decent color shots on one or two mornings, but the B&W was good all day!
Steve2 Aug 2009
I hope there’s a Black Bird Fly in that bag some where…
Looks like you’re having a good trip. Say hello to Peggy.
Bob3 Aug 2009
Steve: You’re mistaking me for a guy who would know the first thing to do with a Black Bird Fly! I wish I were a fisherman, though,because fires and a temperature inversion have made Glacier an exercise in hazy frustration….
Tom15 Aug 2009
I agree with the others, this is an awesome photo and you did a great job with the IR!
Todd25 Sep 2009
Trying to figure out what that is in the background the fourth shot, it’s driving me nuts!
Bob25 Sep 2009
Todd: They’re a line of cypress trees, if I’ve done the math correctly! BK