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.
I have been telling you that I really missed a great shot the day we went shooting in the rice field with the abandon tractor. I was not being sparing with my film and just ran out at the wrong time. As soon as I exposed the last image Shannon jumped in the rim of the John Deere and I knew I had made a big mistake in taking multiple shots of the empty field. I ran back to the car and got out my Canon digital camera which I had brought along as back-up. I’m so glad I at least had the forethought to bring a back-up camera. I think this is the best shot of the day and only wish I had captured it with the Polaroid. In working with the image in post, I don’t know if it would have been exposed correctly on the instant film due to the time of day so maybe it’s best I took it with the digital camera. By and by I’m just glad I captured the image.
We have finally reached my favorite photo from our second day of shooting. What made this photo really stick out to me was the coloring of the sky as well as the orange cast it left on Shannon’s skin. I also love the soft curves of her figure in contrast to the jagged blades of the disc plow. If you notice the two arms of the disc plow form an implied triangle. Shannon is standing at the base of this triangle which leads your eye straight to her. I am so glad I continued driving West on this day rather than just turning around and heading home. “The West is the best”, a phrase that not only works for flying but is also a fantastic song lyric.
Sorry for such a long delay in posting. Things have drastically changed at my work and I will shortly be in transition to somewhere new once again. I vow to continue the project even with things changing.
I really love the hue of the sky in this shot. This was one of the last photos we took during this trip. It was the end to a really fun day. Please check in tomorrow, I’m going to try and post our favorite Polaroid from this trip. Then later this week I will post the photo I should have captured with the little blue camera before we ran out of film.
Very similar to an earlier post yet better in execution. In this photo the trees are slightly further away from Shannon and have a more pleasing feel to them. Shannon’s arm’s are in a very similar position but the feeling is much better since they don’t appear as symmetrical in this pose.
In this image we made just a slight variation from yesterdays pose with a significant move in the position of the camera. I like the feel of this pose more than the other. It doesn’t strike me as being a glamour photo like the other one did. I am surprised at the amount of red cast on Shannon’s body in this photo. It was just before sundown but it seemed that the red came out more in the Polaroid more than the orange. I wish I had been able to get a little bit of a higher shooting angle. I really wanted to be slightly above and looking down but I didn’t have anything to stand on.
In this photo, we went for a sexy pose which is always fun. Shannon is the perfect accent to this great piece of machinery. I love that you really get a sense of scale in this photo with Shannon leaning on the tractor tire. This really is a big piece of equipment. Shannon is 5’9″, which is rather tall, and she looks small up against the tires.
You may have noticed already that I am not posting the photos in the order they were taken but rather in the order we favor the images. For this photo, I place the two trees on the horizon away from Shannon to give the photo a little balance and interest. I missed the mark and placed the trees too close to Shannon’s figure and the horizon line is slightly skewed. The horizon line is acceptable to me however the placement of the trees along with the nearly symmetrical placement of Shannon’s arms caused me to rate this photo low. I don’t know if it is the placement of the arms or what be the fact that she is missing feet also really bothers me in this photo. I do however like the coloring of the sky and the warm light falling on her figure.