|I got back in the bed, but then my eyes popped back open!
NOW was the PERFECT time to get the pictures I'd been wanting to get - those pre-dawn shots when the light is just right. I threw on some clothes and grabbed my camera stuff and snuck out. (To be honest, these are not in the order in which I
took them, but are ordered/grouped a little more logically.) I took quick pictures of everyone else's cars in the lot and then started in on mine... What I though was sooo cool was the fact that all the water was still on the car from the night's rain.
In perfect little droplets (nice wax job!). I knew that was gonna make for some great pictures. And I was not disappointed... |
In front of the hotel was a grassy "field", maybe 35 yards wide and 75 yards long, some trees were on the opposite side. The grass had been cut. I figured it wouldn't hurt no one so pulled my car out onto the grass, careful not to jerk the car and
disturb the water droplets. It was perfect timing. The sun was maybe 20 minutes shy of coming up - so I had to act fast. There was plenty of light to shoot without the flash, especially since I had just bought a new lens that was a full stop brighter
than my previous "daily shooter" lens.
|Cleveland Dawn Series: This series of photos was taken
when I was in Cleveland for the Midwest Gathering (July 24th, 1999). I happened to wake up (not sure why) well before my alarm was to go off, and only 3 hours after I went to bed... Eager for that day's activities, I peeked out the hotel
window and was psyched to see the previous night's rain had passed and it was going to be a clear day. The sky was getting light but the sun had not yet come up. (This first one to the left is one of my favorites.)
|Technical: I was shooting these pictures using a Minolta XG-1 with a 35mm-70mm f2.5-3.5 short-zoom lens,
UV(Haze) filter, Fuji 200 film. The images were scanned on a Mustek 600 II EP scanner, and I did minor touching-up to get rid of white scanner spots, but I did not alter the color mixtures and hues. These are how the photos look!