We at last felt a breath of winter this week, and clouds, mists and fogs have been playing in the valley for days. Deep Springs is a truly spectacular place under these conditions, especially when storm wrack drifts in and out of serrated granite hills and canyons on the valley’s northwest edge. But even under such excellent circumstances, I do not find it easy to do justice to the place. Compositions that seem like low-hanging fruit upon a casual glance prove surprisingly elusive through the viewfinder. But it’s a very fun place to experiment, especially with the confidence that comes from shooting on home ground, knowing that I’ll have similar opportunities in the future. My experimentation this week involved a conscious effort to try producing some black and white. the stormy weather lent itself to monochrome, and I’m finding that I really like the freedom of playing with black and white in post-processing, working with the tonalities without as strong a tether to reality as one must consider in color images.
(As is often the case, these will show to better advantage if you click through to the full-size versions.)
An odd one, perhaps, but it has some appeal to me at least:
A fine, if belated, start to winter! More please!