The Ward Charcoal ovens has been on my bucket list for some time, specifically a night shot. On this night, I was so excited that I got there well before sundown, you may have seen my other post of the sunset shots from here.
While I was investigating the many compositions available, a couple walked by and we started chatting. I told them I was waiting for the stars. He laughed and asked me if I knew that this day was technically the longest day of the year. Why, I did not think about it but I suppose it was the summer solstice. Hum, suppose that means an extra long wait.
I had an unusual problem with this shoot. One I have never had before. Normally, I get home and can't wait to process the image, like a kid in a candy store. But with this image it was different. I had been looking forward to to this location, this shoot for so long, that I was actually nervous about processing them. I guess it was like meeting your favorite rock star, or an ex-president. I pretty much knew I got the image I wanted, but once I processed it, the excitement of this image was done, it was over. I think part of me did not want the excitement of this image to end. The other part of me was a little worried because if I did not get the shoot than I would have to go back out there, and its a bit of a painful drive.
So this sat when I got back,and sat, and sat. My wife finally had to essentially threaten me to force me to actually process the image. Not a lot of processing on this one, the low level lighting did most of the work. Was it all I wanted? Well, I want to try a few more things, so another trip is in order, but I am very pleased with the image.
I actually don't like it when the sky looks too crunchy. I know an accurate image of the sky is a highly detailed, highly crisp image. However, those tend to look too sharp, too crowded, too busy. I look at the work from industry leaders of astro photography, and i think they have trended away form the art, and closer to the science. Yes, their images are very technically accurate, but often, they suffer for that fact. The foregrounds are great and natural, but as the eye shifts towards the sky, it looks very unnatural and resembles something a human eye can never see. Now, if you think that kind of look is fun, or even beautiful, great. Enjoy. But that kind of overly crunchy, overly crisp sky is not a landscape to me. Its just science. So here I tried to keep the sky subservient to the landscape. I tried to keep it more natural, like a human eye could see. Anyway, off my soap-box. Enjoy, let me know what you think.