This is my favorite photo from our day in Victoria Texas. The camera rollers left a strange color shift never the far edge of the photo but I kind of like it. It gives the photo a very old vintage feel and adds just a hint of warmth. I love Shannon’s strong gaze and her bold body position. Another little imperfection I did not notice at the time is the small branch draped over her thigh, which I also think adds to the overall quality of the Polaroid.
Co-located with the public boat ramp is a little park for picnics and the like. Shannon and I took a little time to explore this area and found several old oak trees that were to beautiful to pass up. As you can see in this shot the base of this tree is more than twice the size of Shannon and must be at least 50 years old. Shannon tried a few different poses in this location. This one finds her leaning into the tree and pleasantly shows off her lovely round bottom. I really love the contrast of Shannon’s soft skin to the rough bark of the tree. Even with a Polaroid print this detail was easy to see giving you an idea of how textured the tree really was.
Shannon and I had to drive South of our home to Victoria Texas on business and took the time out to shoot a couple of photos. On our way home we noticed a public boat ramp that was completely empty due to the fact it was late Sunday afternoon. We stopped a found a really nice dock that I wanted to use for our first photo. We set up and everything looked great in the viewfinder. The sun was streaking through the clouds and gave a heavenly feel to the image. With Shannon standing flat to the camera I placed the viewfinder so that the streaks of sun coming through the clouds looked as if they we sent just to highlight her figure. Unfortunately the Polaroid was not able to capture the details of the rays coming down and the photo just appears as a flat unimaginative image. It will really take some time to get used to what I can and can not capture with the Polaroid.
A couple of weekends ago Shannon and I went on a drive to look at our future lake house site. We have dreams of buying a lot in a lake community and building our dream house there. We have been looking at one neighborhood for a few years now and just love it. We found a few newly available lots to go look at and took a trip to explore and just get a nice break from home. The first lot we went to look at features very rough terrain but we really like it. After looking at all the lots I think the lot in the image above may be the one we end up buying.
As we were walking around on the first lot we really loved all of the steep hills and valleys on the site. I had gotten down in a very steep creek and taken a few photos of Shannon from a low angel but since she was in the open shade they did not develop correctly. I still have some learning to do when working with Polaroid prints. Once I was on the other side of the creek and slightly higher than Shannon I stopped her as she walked into a semi clearing. Shannon got down in a low pose and I was able to capture this image. We had perfect timing in all of this. As soon as we made it to the car a gentleman walked up and started telling us about his experience with the neighborhood. He told us he had lived there since 1975, the year I was born, and really loved it. He gave us exactly the details about the area we wanted to know. I think he sold us the lot without even knowing it. If it all works out he will be a wonderful neighbor for us in about 10 or 15 years.