Sometimes it Just Ain't Worth Getting Out of Bed

March 09, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Woke up this mornin', and I got myself a... camera?

So I decided to crawl out of bed bright and early on a Saturday morning and go shoot a sunrise.  For many photographers, especially landscape photographers, this is nothing of note.  Some people LIVE for this kind of stuff.  But I've just never been a morning kinda guy.  Getting my butt out of bed at 5am is a feat - an event - it's something IMPORTANT.  (Especially on a Saturday.  Seriously, right?)

Going out pre-dawn allows me the chance to take pictures that are pretty unique, because face it, normal people don't see too many sunrises.  This was a bit of a last-minute decision, so I had no big plans in place.  I decided to go revisit one of my favorite subjects - the Steel Stacks in Bethlehem.  I've done the sunrise there before, though the first time I visited, I got creeped out by the thought of Zombie-Face-Eaters, and I stayed up on the bridge.

This time, however, feeling especially rugged with my new (slightly used) F-Stop Loka bag strapped to my back, and feeling especially courageous with a couple shots of Crown Royal in my coffee, I headed down to ground level into the abyss.  I felt slightly comforted by the presence of one of Bethlehem's Finest who was parked down there.  I felt slightly discomforted as I stepped over a used condom a few yards further along.

Oh well... I had my tripod on the ready should any members of the undead lunge at me.  This ain't one of those 8 oz. carbon fiber jobs - it's metal.  Good for bashing Walkers.

And go figure.  I didn't see a single human being (dead or alive) down there the entire time I was shooting.  I also didn't see a single cloud, which makes for a pretty unspectacular sunrise.  

It happens.

Shoulda stayed in bed.  But, I mostly made the best of it.  And a little while after leaving the underworld, I ate a really good breakfast at the Bethlehem Star Cafe.  Life is good.

I came home and looked through what I got - a few decent shots.  Some took some finagling to bring out the best.  Either way - it was good to get out and shoot.

Here are a couple keepers from the day:

Used a Phottix Mitros with a full CTO gel to push a little light to the tree.

The shot above used a flash with a full CTO gel to push a little bit of light onto the tree - I think that makes the image.

 

After hanging out down by "the beach," I headed back along the river.  When I arrived back at the Fahy Bridge, I climbed down the embankment to shoot from the water.  I've (sorta) done this before, and I like the perspective from down here, though I kept thinking I was going to trip over a body.  (Have you noticed a theme here?  Mainly that I watch too many horror and crime movies?)  I did walk through a lot of glass, trash, and probably a few needles, but I left unscathed.

This shot is HDR.  I used to do a good amount of HDR landscape stuff.  Not so much anymore.  The D600 has such a wide dynamic range that I can get away without it even in most extreme cases.  However, I still like it now and then.  I (think) I like it here.  Check with me in a month.

Finally - a couple of quick macro shots I took under a bridge down by the boat launch past Fritch.  Like a long-lost American Picker, I'm drawn to rust, so I was happy to capture a few close ups of some crazy texture - the result of probably 100+ years of exposure to the elements.

 


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