365-272 The pressures of fame

As if it wasn’t enough pressure to come up with a somewhat interesting photo every day, with my blog being featured on WordPress Freshly Pressed today I feel like the spotlight is on me now. I was at work and decided to check my emails on my phone and noticed a large number of notification emails about my blog. So using my handy WordPress app, I checked my site stats and noticed my views had skyrocketed. Whoa, what’s going on? I soon discovered that yesterday’s post was featured in Freshly Pressed.  Of course it was a post of some flower shots and it didn’t really showcase my usual far out antics 😉 . Cool nonetheless. Well, it was cool until I realized the photos I had taken today up to that point were totally lame. Egads! Talk about pressure! The whole world is watching now. I tried to shoot some small waterfalls on a creek near work and those shots just didn’t work out. The creek area was too cluttered and the lighting was lousy. But if that’s all I had then that’s what I will use, I figured. But as I was starting for home I remembered a large old cemetery nearby that I always wanted to explore. It’s a huge centuries old site and I knew there would be some old textures and details there. After I drove through the large iron gates I traveled down a lane and spotted this nice stone building. The backlighting just made the scene pop and added a bit of “creepiness’ that I like in such shots. I decided to enhance that factor with a toned black and white conversion and a heavy vignette.  Pentax K20D, DA17-70.

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One Way Path

© David Guidas

I want to thank everyone that visited my site today. Your visits and comments are greatly appreciated. I promise I will respond to those that commented as soon as I am able. I will also try to visit your sites, as time permits. I want to welcome all of my new subscribers too. I’ll have to warn you though that there will be good days and bad days but in the end I hope you stick around and enjoy the show!

  One thought on “365-272 The pressures of fame

  1. guy
    September 29, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    dark and curiously warm at the same time. great shot. great composition.

  2. September 29, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    The lighting, the shadows, the texture, the focal point, the background. What can I say? I love this photo!

  3. September 29, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    great pov. I like how it’s lower than eye level.

  4. September 29, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    I love the drama of this photo. Such a nice shot! No need to reply to this comment. 🙂

  5. adrianduque89
    September 29, 2011 at 11:48 pm


  6. September 30, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Wonderful photo, David! Congrats on making Freshly Pressed – well deserved! I checked out your photos on flickr. Wow – they are beautiful!

    • September 30, 2011 at 8:12 pm

      Thanks Karen. And thanks for exploring more of my work. I’m glad you like it.

  7. September 30, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Your photos are pretty amazing. Haha, under pressure or not, it’s good stuff right there. 🙂

  8. Acaso
    September 30, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Those pics are really awesome, man! Congratulations!

  9. October 4, 2011 at 11:51 am

    jonohodson reblogged this on Jono Hodson.

  10. October 8, 2011 at 4:20 am

    This is an awesome shot, I love the perspective!

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