Today’s Photograph October 29, 2010

Cold Front #1.  October 28, 2010. Canon 70-200mm lens @85mm, 1/640th @f3.2, ISO 200 (RAW file). Copyright 2010 / Andrew Boyd)

Cold Front #1. October 28, 2010. Canon 70-200mm lens @85mm, 1/640th @f3.2, ISO 200 (RAW file). Copyright 2010 / Andrew Boyd)

I drive the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway bridge twice each day, commuting across what’s still the ‘longest [real] bridge in the world.’ As such, this becomes a consciousness-changing activity, when you get past the incidental practicalities of high speed bridge traffic for 24 miles. I’m referring to the experience of the sky that only such a drive can give a south Louisiana resident.

Most of our vista is up close, personal, and usually very green: green trees, green swamp, frequently even green water. We live in a green world here in the subtropics. But on the Causeway, I feel like I’m taking a drive in Kansas! The vistas can be breathtaking at times, and this was one of those days as a big cold front made its way south, just happening to split the lake as I drove in the early evening.

Cold Front #2.  October 28, 2010. Canon 70-200mm lens @85mm, 1/640th @f3.2, ISO 200 (RAW file). Copyright 2010 / Andrew Boyd)

Cold Front #2. October 28, 2010. Canon 70-200mm lens @85mm, 1/640th @f3.2, ISO 200 (RAW file). Copyright 2010 / Andrew Boyd)

These photos were nice in color, but somehow I’m finding these black and white versions even more interesting. This was done from RAW files, taken after initial toning in Photoshop Adjustment Layers for the black and white work. I worked mostly with the blue and cyan sliders to bring out the clouds.

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6 Comments on "Today’s Photograph October 29, 2010"

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  1. Bayou Bill says:

    Andrew, these photos, and the opportunity I missed in not being able to capture yesterday evening’s stunning, blood-red south Louisiana sunset, tells me that I absolutely have to start carrying a decent camera with me wherever I go. I’m tired of saying to myself so many times, “You really should have taken a picture of that.”

  2. Andrew Boyd says:

    You’re right Bill. We all walk around with those regrets; carrying the camera helps cut down on them.

  3. I love sky shots. I took several photography classes in college and much of my work included dramatic sky images. I went to school in the midwest (Michigan) which offered many incredible photography opportunities.

    I like the idea of a photo-journal because images often portray much more than a written entry. Nice idea.

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