The Wild West © 2016 NATE METZ
The Wild West © 2016 NATE METZ
After the recent storms calmed down, approaching the new moon’s lower tideline, I scampered down to see what was left of the beaches – a surprising amount for all the hubbub. The afternoon sun lent well to some high-contrast images as I continue to tweak my color channels during black and white conversion.
Normally white balance is a challenge shooting winter weather weather and landscapes. But, I embrace the casts and hues on the sensor because my eye sees them too. Here is about 6″ of powder in the woods with indigo and golden natural filters.
For Mother’s Day, my mum and I took a road trip to visit some family. I did bring my dSLR along, but snapping these images with my smart phone captured the pace of the trip much better. It was a quick trip, but still enough time for this photo journal:
Various photographs from this spring!
I put off editing these photographs for several months because I wasn’t sure what direction to go in the post processing. I prefer to do very minimal cropping and lighting adjustments with some sharpening in the export. But, these flowers just didn’t have the right impact following my usual PP flow. I like the gloomy lighting of such a vibrant white flower, but out of the camera it lacked some shine. In Photoshop I was able to rescue these images with a black and white conversion. Instead of forcing a color image, I decided to follow the image and go monochromatic and BLOOM!
Since taking these photographs, I’ve been thinking about printing them on card stock for greeting cards. Living at the beach, it can be a challenge to have beach inspired (or even themed) products to sell that are not super literal: sea shells, umbrellas, flip flops, surf boards, sand castles, etc. When I came across this old wood, it felt beachy to me and the color blocking was already in place.
What do you think? Would you purchase a box set of blank greeting cards with 2 per image?
A great local spot for sunsets is Towers Beach in Rehoboth. The parking lot opens up on a small strip of beach on the Rehoboth Bay that offers a large enough expanse that the sun almost sets over water. So many of my great sunset photographs were captured while living in Brooklyn in an apartment building that compensated for the cityscape and I could capture the setting sun on the horizon and not get blocked by many buildings. The flatness of sea level also really helps on the eastern shore! I’m glad to have found somewhere unobstructed that I can watch a good hour of changing light in the skies. It sure beats any hour of evening television.
Go search the skies, the landscapes, our inner minds for the markings and indications of something meaningful, answers, life and you shall be making a trek. Lifelong perhaps? You can be a wise man and you may also enjoy a nap in a manager surrounded by animals. I like to enjoy frankincense, myrrh, and gold myself!
But as we draw near the winter solstice, I want to share what the holiday means to me. It is the Christmas season, and that is the name of the national holiday that businesses close for whether you celebrate the Christian holiday or not. Christmas is about the winter solstice: the longest period of darkness (night) in the year. And on the next day, the promise of LIGHT returns and days become longer again. The holiday symbolically represents the return of life when the seasonal tides shift gears in the upswing yet again. It is about renewed hope and honoring the continuing cycle of life.
The color red is the color of the root charka. Red symbolizes life, vitality, strength and the physical plane. It also represents heat and fire. Our spiritual evolution (of the current earth walk) begins at the root charka when we are in utero. It is also the base of kundalini energy later if we develop spiritually in that way. It can be a very vibrant energy and certainly placed around us in the holiday season it is meant to counteract the cold winter, the long nights when mother nature lay dormant.
But where are my presents? Abstaining from gift-giving as a moral superiority and anti-capitalistic/anti-materialistic high road is laughable at best. Giving a gift, no matter how small, is the only way to receive. It is the law of attraction at it’s best. Give love, prosperity, hope, joy, and any multitude of blessings this holiday season. If that package comes in the form of a new coat, gadget, or otherwise, that’s fantastic! It is always best to give freely with the best of intentions. And this holiday season when nature gifts us with the return of more light, we too can give. Anyone speaking to the contrary has missed the reason for the season.
My take on the holiday is more abstract: red and crosses.
RED X © 2013 NATE METZ
If you’ve been following my blog, then you know I love catching life reflections and refractions on the wall. Then, watch them slide around, go out of focus, and disappear.
Here are some squares in the corner:
SQUARES © 2013 NATE METZ
The really fun part about these photographs is the rainbow of color across the images that came from the light refracting through glass. The original, out of camera file looked like white on beige almost. I always double check the white balance as one of my first steps in post processing. Doing so unlocked all the color present in the white light. I know it’s basic science of white light containing all the colors, but nifty none the less!
Here is the original photo for comparison: