365-349 Rural portraits

Unlike the portraits I took a while ago for 365-129, I didn’t have a nice sunny spring day to work with. It was dark and rainy today so I couldn’t fudge too much on exposure. I just set the ISo at 800 and left the lens at f/5.6 and drove through the same area as those previous shots hoping to catch some kind of rural life. These farms are on narrow rural roads just outside of town but there is an amazing amount of traffic, and it goes fast. Since there are very few places to stop my vehicle, I often have to shoot from the road. After carefully checking my mirrors and looking ahead for oncoming vehicles, I can just about stop and grab a real quick shot before there is a car approaching at a high rate of speed, with not much room to go around me. So I’ve learned to preset my camera and work quick when I’m in the area. I win some, I lose some that way but, thankfully, no accidents.  Pentax K20D, DA18-135.

White Face

© David Guidas

  One thought on “365-349 Rural portraits

  1. Rob Slaven
    December 15, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Nice ‘white face’. Almost ghostly.

  2. December 16, 2011 at 5:39 am

    That “white face” image is amazing! Have you tried a tighter crop to keep the eye from following the guttering to the right of the frame?

    • December 16, 2011 at 8:30 am

      Only after the fact did I consider a crop. I also did a black and white version which I think is a stronger image. I’ll try the crop later and post it on Flickr.

    • December 17, 2011 at 10:22 pm

      I’ve added a slightly cropped B&W version on Flickr.

      White Face (B&W)

      I didn’t want to crop any more since I really wanted the viewer to “find” the face.

  3. December 16, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Very cool images. Yes, I agree a crop would be good, perhaps just to the right side of the picture in portrait shape as opposed to landscape, though admittedly one does miss out on the lovely shutter and stain at the top left.

  4. December 16, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    love your 365 project….very inspiring!
    How has it changed the way you take pictures now?

    • December 17, 2011 at 10:15 pm

      Thank you Gail. It’s changed the way I shoot (and what I shoot) dramatically. I’ve always looked for photos in the past and casually took pictures when they were presented in front of me but I never took the time to look deeper. To notice lines, colors, subjects, and textures in places I would have normally passed right by before. I now look in smaller places than before. I don’t mean macro small but being in a single place, like a city alley or a closed storefront. I can look from one spot and begin to notice photo possibilities. I look in sections and spend time just staring in those sections and breaking the elements down in my mind before I start shooting. Mind you, this only takes a few seconds so I don’t look totally crazy standing there 🙂 I’ll elaborate on things I’ve learned in a post after my 365 is over, so stay tuned!

      • December 17, 2011 at 10:48 pm

        thanks for an honest answer..I too have a 365 project and find I have a lot in common with YOU!

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