I've mentioned on one of my earliest blogs about my bikes. Old George who taught me how to ride. Sexy Shiella who stayed with me until the accident. And now the loyal Max who serves me well despite his struggles. I decided to ride Max down the road, to a familiar place. I took pictures of this scene last Autumn. The pictures weren't terrible but it needs re-shooting. On one of my flickr groups, a member tried out taking pictures of stars. I find this intriguing. I read about shooting them but never really tried. Most of the pictures posted are star trails. But I have something else in mind.
I remember a mail from PPSOP about taking pictures of the stars without trailing. Honestly, I much prefer them that way on my shoots. Star trails aren't bad. But they give the same impact as water under long exposure. Impressive, but unrealistic. There are times when I want a bit more realism on my photos. And this night is one of them.
So I decided to chase the dark before dawn. Early and chilly morning, I rode max to this familiar spot with a lake, some mountains, floating houses, boats, and the horizon. A perfect foreground for my stars. Unfortunately the sun was too much in a hurry to come out. I came to the spot late. It was too bright to get proper exposure and the stars are almost invisible. Too bad. So I just have to make the best out of it.
|To the Max|
Max waiting for my call, sitting silently on the road side, as I take pictures of whatever. I thought I'd show him off a bit and hope this picture gave him justice.
Slowly driving back home, I spotted some flowers in front of an Elementary school. Good thing it was Sunday early morning. Not a lot of people around. So I took some photos of these bed of flowers then spotted some pots within the school's vicinity. Good thing the school wasn't heavily guarded. The old pots were a part of a display of some Korean traditional items. I guess it's for educational purposes. Well, I'm about to get educated!
Mid day and people are starting to come out on the street. I thought it was time for me to go. But I wasn't satisfied with the number of subjects I photographed. So I roamed around the place and found some other interesting spots. Most of them in the middle of farms. Probably private. But I'd really like to take my star trail shots (in the future) in these places. But for the meantime, some day shots would suffice.
This is why I'm happy with my life right now. I got a paying job with regular days. I got a camera that I get to play with. And bikes that take me to places I've never been before. Sure, it's not like a road trip and it doesn't take me as far as Busan. But why would I travel that far if there are still so many interesting places, I haven't discovered nearby?
I did not shoot the last picture as a Black and White image. I only got curious how it looks like when desaturated. The monochrome looked better and happen to be fitting the bi-weekly assignment on DPS at that time.