The Photo of the Week this week is a view from the ground up of the double bridge that crosses the Mississippi River from Mississippi to Louisiana. It is a double bridge with traffic on both bridges, rather than one being a car bridge and the other a railroad bridge.
This photograph in black & white is rather striking from the low angle while a color verison is on so-and-so. The street light in the middle gives an added emphasis to the low angle. Photograph taken in September, 2010, on a very cloudy morning.
We all want to travel a thousand or ten thousand miles away to get the perfect photograph because there just are not any good photographs in our neighborhoods. So, the thinking goes anyway. If only I was in Germany, or Japan or maybe Australia, or some far off land..there I would find the perfect photo opportunities.
Here is a project for you…if you want to go out and take some good photographs…or if you just want to take a short drive and observe what is around your home.
A photographer friend of mine said that he took a map, drew a circle five miles from his home and then traveled that area to see what photograph possibilities existed. He said he was amazed at what he found.
Do that on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon…just take a drive around your area and take a look at everything as if you were a visitor there for the first time. Many of the things that we take for granted every day we really do not look at….or see in the realm of a really good photograph.
It opens your eyes to all possibilities.
I have included two photos with this blog, both about four miles away from my house.
And here is a deal for you. For the best photograph you email to me from your neighborhood, I will not only put it on my web site, but I will send you a free 8×10 print of it as well! I will also pay the postage…So there you go…show me what is in your neighborhood and receive a free 8×10 print.
Autumn in most parts of the country is a beautiful season. Here in the Florida Panhandle autumn means that the hot temperatures of the summer are mostly passed.
Although most of my photography is black and white, I have in the past taken a few color shots. This one in The Photo of The Week is a scene of a mother and her child walking down a back road surrounded by autumn colors. Date taken?? Mid 60’s..where?? in Minnesota.
You never know what is around the next corner…and that relates to photography and life in general.
Let me give you a couple examples. We were traveling along highway 61 from Natchez to Vicksburg, MS following the river the best we could. Our goal was to get to Vicksburg that evening and later in the week, Memphis.
Driving slowly through Port Gibson my wife suddenly said, “Look over there!” I looked to the left and here was this beautiful old courthouse at the end of the street up a small hill. I immediately make a U turn and parked near the old courthouse. The late afternoon sun was shining on part of it…and remainder was in a medium shadow.
I took several shots in color and black and white…and then went inside the courthouse to find out more about its history. The lady at the front desk called out another lady who took me to her office and told me about the history. The court house was constructed in 1845 and is the seat of Claiborne County. It was a city that General Grant said was “Too beautiful to burn.” However, but the court house had been burned and restored several times.
I chatted with the lady for several minutes and then she asked….had I been down that road (and she pointed out the back window) to that Grand Gulf Military Park just a few miles away. I said no…and then she said… ”You should. There is a neat church and an old mill there.” That was all it took and away we went.
The park was a place where General Grant tried to land his troops for the Vicksburg Campaign.
The results of the conversation give me two great photographs which you will see here, the old mill, which I am told was brought in, it is not original, and the photograph of a rocking chair on an old house porch at the park. The photo of the courthouse in on this week’s “Photo of the Week, in both black and white and color. We arrived in Vicksburg a good hour later than anticipated.
The second part of you never know what is around the corner…is… that as a senior in college a photographer friend of mine asked me to fill in for him at the last minute for an assignment that he could not make. He said would tell the lady to look for me in the front of the main college building. I told him I would be sitting on the railing with a camera around my shoulder.
That evening a attractive young coed came around the corner, saw me with my camera, patted me on the shoulder and said, “You must be the man I am looking for.” We were married several months later. That was almost 53 years ago. End of stories. Here are the two photographs.