Last night, after I finished my post, I walked down to the store on the corner. It was dark out and on the way back to my house I noticed the frozen grass in my yard reflecting the lights from nearby businesses. It was a cool (literally) looking scene and I thought I would try to capture it. Try, being the key word.
My yard is elevated along my driveway and I thought I could get a low angle shot by shooting from my driveway. But I have a chain link fence in the way and in order to get under the fence I had to lay on the sloping yard next to the drive. It was frozen snow so I didn’t mind that so much, but doing that threw off the angle I wanted. Since it was so dark and a long exposure was needed I also had to figure a way to steady the camera. I grabbed the cheap tripod that I carry in my truck and had to think of a way to pull it all off. I ended up just laying the tripod on the slope and basically using the ball head for the support. My angle was still a little too low but I tried to compose a shot anyhow to see what would happen. Manual focus was a necessity because AF would have been too difficult in the low light along with trying to focus on the slim blades of grass. In the end, I didn’t quite get what I intended. I would have liked a few more blades of grass sticking up and a little bit of a lighter background. What looks like a blazing sunset in the background is just a light from a sign. But considering what I went through, I’ll take it. Pentax K20D, DA55-300.
This was another occasion where I think a camera with a movable LCD would have come in handy. I’ve mentioned that a few times from doing my 365 project last year but I couldn’t seriously consider buying anything because of my employment situation, or lack thereof. The work I was doing last summer and fall was a temporary position with a small engineering company. It was a great opportunity at the time and saved me from any further financial problems. Plus the work lasted longer than anyone expected and that helped me get ahead a little more. But the projects wrapped up around Christmas and I was laid off again. And although they had every intention of calling me back to work in spring, I can now happily say that I have secured a new full-time job with a local company. It was about a 3-month time span from initial application to the interview and it’s a really good position, right in my area of experiences, with a great company that’s been around for over 120 years and I’m excited to get started in February. And once I get the finances back in shape a little, I can seriously think about getting some new camera gear! Yippee! 🙂