Here Comes the Sun
I live in Canton, Ohio – Stark County seat and home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the McKinley National Monument and the First Ladies Historic Site . Our local airport (CAK) is one of the fastest-growing in the country. Macy Gray, the O’Jays and Boz Scaggs all hail from Canton. We even have a Star Trek connection via Brannon Braga, screenwriter and producer of the TV series and movies, who is an alumni of Kent State Stark.
I’ve lived in this area all my life – it’s home.
What Canton is NOT known for is sunshine. On average, my little corner of the world experiences only 167 days of sunshine annually. Meaning that we Cantonians spend more than half our year under cloudy skies and without the cheering presence of the sun.
This fact may cause one to wonder why I pursue shadows as a primary subject of my photographic explorations. After all, a key ingredient in the creation of outdoor shadow images is, well… the sun. And since weather in Northeast Ohio is notorious for its fickle nature, this effort calls to mind tilting at windmills or other such romantically noble pursuits.
Or one could look at this as a “glass half full” situation.
So that’s what I’ll do. I’ll take advantage of our current record-breaking temps and long string of sunny days. And with this summertime gift, I will continue my intrepid search for shadows extraordinaire. The sun will be my partner in this endeavor and together we will paint shadow pictures – elusive images of light and shade.
And when the clouds come? I don’t know. But I trust that my camera and I will find inspiration from the softer light; that I will continue to see the world around me in this new way, with a photographer’s eye. And in so doing, new subjects will make themselves known to me.
Until then, shadows it is.
Texture Tuesday Recipe
- Processed my Midtone Contrast action to further enhance the texture of the concrete.
- Increased the contrast with a Levels Adjustment
- Added the Lifes Good Texture, Linear Burn blend mode, 75% opacity