Hello, I’m submitting this image to your “daily inspiration” post. It’s from a Canon SureShot A620 camera, taken handheld with the lens on “wide.” Other than that, I have no other details unfortunately… heavily processed in Photoshop though.
This image was taken in the North Carolina Outer Banks, a beautiful area, a few years ago. I was there in the early spring and therefore a bit before the throngs of other tourists arrive. That meant that there was a really empty quality and lots and lots of these very big vacation houses with no one in them, much less many folks walking on the beach. This all contributed to a mood of remoteness and stillness that I tried to capture with the series of photos that I took there. It also meant that the patterns on the sand which I think are quite striking were all pretty much untampered (without the footprints that they’d surely have in tourist season). I’ve since bought a camera that takes much sharper, more detailed images (a Panasonic GH2), but at the time I was using a rather old Canon PowerShot A620. Using a camera like this wasn’t really a hindrance though, as I often like the challenge of “working within limitations.” With that in mind, I looked for simple/bold compositions with plenty of strong contrasts… contrasts that I then enhanced in post production. Since I was working with images that were far more about form than color, going black and white was an obvious choice. Also, since images from this old camera tend to have a bit of noise, I thought of using a strong grain effect in Photoshop to mask that a bit. This also has the effect for me of giving the shots a kind of “shot on Tri-X film” feel, which gives the photos a more timeless quality, which I really like (I love the idea of being able to use a digital medium to reproduce an “analog” look). There’s also the idea for me that the grain I used in processing the photos was analogous to the sand that was everywhere.
I thought of this shot as a kind of “house on the hill” type thing… like a still from a movie, where this house is going to be the setting of something really serious… and probably dark! I often meditate on the idea of a “setting for an imaginary film” when I’m out taking photographs.
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