It’s been a wet and rainy few weeks here in southeast Texas, something that we rarely get to experience with our 300+ days of sunshine each year. Time to work around the house, pay the bills, read a good eBook and generally go into stasis until the weather improves. I have no idea how my friends in the Pacific Northwest deal with this. The thought of year-round rain is enough to send me over the edge.
But then I begin to think in black & white, remembering my beginnings in this craft and how much simpler life was when your toughest choice was Pan-X, Plus-X or Tri-X. Photography (and life in general) was simpler back then. We bought a few rolls of film, shot a few frames and developed & enlarged our own work in the darkroom. Hours spent elbows deep in sodium thiosulfate (fixer), wet printing our negatives because we were too impatient to let them dry. Dodging and burning in each print until we got just the right “look”. Ah, the good life!
Honestly folks, I wouldn’t go back to shooting film and doing my own “wet work” for all the tea in China. Using Lightroom 3 and Nik’s Silver Efex Pro saves me time, money and my sanity. What used to take hours and hours in the darkroom now takes only a few minutes in Lightroom. Need a wee bit more overall contrast? Click, Click. No problem! Want to see what a orange filter would have added to the scene? Click, Click. Go for it! Want to throw it all away and start over with a fresh perspective? Create a virtual copy and let her rip!
Nope. I’m perfectly content living in the 21st century. I’m sure Ansel wouldn’t fully approve but then again, maybe he would!
Long & Winding Road – Canyon, Texas
Copyright © 2010 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on aperture (Av) priority using an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 28mm, f/16 for 1/10th of a second at ISO 100 with a Singh-Ray warming polarizer filter. Post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3 and Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro.
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View Location on Panoramio & Google Earth: Long & Winding Road – Canyon, Texas