Thursday, February 18, 2010

#38: Shining Star

"When you wish upon a star
Dreams will take you very far, yeah
When you wish upon a dream
Life ain't always what it seems, oh yeah
Once you see your light so clear
In the sky so very dear .....

"You're a shining star, no matter who you are
Shining bright to see what you can truly be
That you can truly be ....."

.......................... Ruprecht ( STOP )
#38 of 365 (Second Go Around)
Earth .... wind .... fire.
(Dedicated to cajunvegan)


JT said...

I really like this.

TopSurf said...

Awesome Rupe!

AsKatKnits said...

Wow, even shopping carts get their 15 minutes of fame...

Who knew?

Karin said...

I love, love, love it!

mehitabel said...

I'm surprised you could get it to hold still that long!

And the burning question...did you just see this, or did you pose it? Enquiring minds want to know!

Ruprecht said...

mehitabel: As you well know venturing into this photography monkey business yourself, there are fortunate days when you happen upon things opportunistically … and then there are days when you have to work harder than ever to come up with a concept … a good pose … even an inkling of a half decent idea. That’s part of the thrill of this project. For me, anywho.

In this particular case, I just happened upon this scene and it was twilight at the time. The light above - while unremarkable in regular daylight hours - was not hitting the cart just as you see it, but I saw the possibility of the shot if I simply moved to gain the vantage point. I positioned myself thusly and << voila! >> … there was the shot. Right place … right time … a tad of adjustment … and there you go.

The dedication was mere chance as well. With our mutual friend having weeks and weeks of … shall we say “adventures” … well … I thought the dedication only natural and appropriate.

cajunvegan said...

Unequivocally, I get by with a little help from my friends. And, I am so pleased to be able to call you friend.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Milkayphoto said...

Rupe, thanks for reminding me that there is a photo op just about anywhere. It is also nice to read that other Prog 365's go thru the very same struggles as I do. LOVE the days when the shot just happens; HATE the days where I am scrambling for something and go to bed thinking I just posted a crap pic. Anyways, I digress. :-) This is an excellent shot. I'd bump up the contrast even more - almost like the carriage was on stage in its very own cameo...but that's just me. ;-)

Ruprecht said...

Welp … here’s the deal:

Part of the “charm” (shall we say?) of McDoing this photo project for me is getting the raw out there - for the experimentation of it and the learning of it. No frills.

There have been very few times over the course of this endeavor where I have gone and messed with an image in the interest of better lighting … more magenta … Contrast-O-Rama … etc.

When I “graduate” to a betterer camera and feel I’ve learned enough – and I hope that time to be soon – those things will come, Milkayphoto.

In the meantime, it’s more raw and less cooked. That's just part of the fun .....

Milkayphoto said...

I didn’t realize what you post is ‘as-is’. That’s amazing! I used to feel very strange about doing a lot of finishing on my images (and I still try to do the very min unless of course, I am desperately trying to save some image and it is all I’ve got) until I attended a photog seminar with successful photographers (you know, the ones who actually make money at what they do?). Well, what I learned there is this: the digital world has limitations – known limitations and, according to them, all images require ‘finishing’ in order to accurately depict the scene that stopped you in the first place to raise lens to eye and go “click”.

Most digital sensors have some sort of color cast, and even with the best of files, there will be digital artifacts and noise. Once I understood what they were talking about, I no longer beat myself up for not being able to produce work in the same caliber as I had been seeing. It wasn’t my fault! :-)

There is definitely a charm for putting out there what the camera gives you. Just understand, in most situations, it is incapable of reproducing exactly what you saw without a bit o’ tweaking!

Victoria Martin said...

I love this!