Evening, Hell's Half Acre, Wyoming
The photograph in today’s blog was made on September 10, 2006 at 7:27:33 PM according to the EXIF data. I found it last week when I was trying to figure out what projects needed to be moved from my primary to secondary hard drive. Multiple exposures of this scene indicated I was trying to use High Dynamic Range techniques. Ten years ago HDR was difficult and required so much work I never bothered to perfect the image. HDR techniques are now ridiculously simple and wonderful so a couple of selections, a left click, a right click and voila, a perfect HDR image.
There are a couple of lessons here. The first thing that comes to mind Storage is cheap, so there is no reason not to make the picture when you see it. My oft repeated advice to make the photograph and worry about how to deal with it technically later is the second. Just because you don’t know how to deal with it now doesn’t mean that you can’t in the future. Technology constantly improves and (we all hope) we will also improve technically and aesthetically.
This photograph could have been part of a project that was completed a long time ago, but it missed its’ chance. This image doesn’t really have a home other than on this blog. I’m fine with that because it’s finally going to be seen by an audience. I’m happy to finally share my interpretation of this place and time with you these ten years later.
How many more of these lost digital files will I find if I keep looking? What if I start looking through contact sheets from the long ago days of film photography?