Shades of Grey - A new Project for 2018

January 12, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Smoke on the WaterSmoke on the Water Shades of Grey, a new project for 2018, not as ambitious as my Reboot 2017 project which published a photo a day throughout 2017. 

I have long been a fan of Black and White photography, starting a few decades ago when I took an Ansel Adams Zone Photography course while living in Calgary, Alberta. I was involved enough to the point I purchased a 4x5 View camera and a 2 1/4 medium format camera. I even built my own darkroom so I could process my film and prints at home. The downside to all this other than very time consuming, was working with chemicals and I eventually gave the practice up after I moved to a new home and did not want to go through the work of building another darkroom.

I stepped away from photography for a few years and returned to it when I moved to Vancouver in 1989 and jumped into digital photography almost as soon as the cameras became available. I started out with a Nikon Coolpix 950 digital camera after my Minolta 35 MM film camera was stolen.  A few years later I picked up my first DSLR, the Nikon D100. Since then I have acquired a few Nikon cameras and several lenses including two tilt shift lens for architectural related work. They are also valuable for landscape and other genres of photography.

With digital processing available I started getting more involved with photography again. No more physical darkroom equipment or chemicals needed made it easy and interesting to get back into my favourite hobby again. These days you can accurately replicate everything you could do with film, although some will suggest that film provides qualities that cannot be reproduced digitally, and to that point I agree. However I can't see myself returning to the days of old, I'm quite happy to stay in the Digital World.

The image above was taken from our home patio in Qualicum Beach. We are approximately 200 feet above the water with an almost 180 degree view of the Strait Of Georgia to the North of us. We have a terrific view and the sunsets are spectacular. Even on cloudy, foggy days it's wonderful to look out the windows and see views like this. Smoke on the water, or to be more precise low lying marine cloud made this a moment to capture.


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