Thursday, July 15, 2010

End of an Era


One of the last seascapes I made before moving away from San Diego.  Kind of an uninspired shot, at least to me, perhaps because I know pretty much every person in the city with a camera and tripod has probably shot this scene at some time.. I tried to resist but finally stopped on the way home one night when the timing seemed right.
Actually I am still back in town more than I had planned to deal with clients and the wife still wants to shop there, but I guess that is not altogether a bad thing... good to be busy.  Anyway, this is sort of my farewell postcard shot.
Still struggling to get out and do some new work, or even dig up and write about older stuff on here recently.. my mind is always on something still to be done around the new house.. summer is short here in the mountains and I need to finish some things while the finishing is good.
Probably it's the change of pace and quiet surroundings after so many years of city life in Boston and SD, but I am also inspired to be wading back into the weird and esoteric world of large format film photography.. something I have not done for more years than I want to talk about. (Not giving up digital completely, no way). But, it was the thing that first inspired me while in school and many of the photographers that did originally or still do impress me work in that medium, so I'm going to give it another go as soon as I can assemble a workable rig out of some old equipment I already have and some newer stuff too.  I have some thoughts about how I want to work with it and at the very least it should make for some real interesting topics of discussion here soon.  Filter factors, bellows factors, depth of field, reciprocity... my head hurts already!  Stay tuned:)

13 comments:

betchai said...

No, I live in San Diego but I have not taken this wonderful shot as yours, it is so beautiful and inspiring. Wish you well in your new photography pursuits, and hoping to see more of your inspiring and beautiful scenic shots.

Gaelyn said...

May be every day to you, but not something I see. Great sunset! So what's going on besides chores in the new area.

Mook said...

aw naw!(oh no) have you and idea how long it took me to find a US photographer whose work I like, now it's "sort of my farewell" jeez! :)

all the best Mark to you and yours it's been a pleasure and the best of luck on your new venture, i hope you do find the need to write about it!!!

cheers bud :)

Mark Alan Meader said...

Hi Betchai.. good to hear from you. I'm sure you know this spot! Probably the nice stormy skies are gone now until winter..

Gaylen.. unfortunately, not much else outside work and chores, but hoping to get through it soon and back to some fun stuff.

Mook.. farewell to CITY life, dude! Not going away or changing my work, but hopefully increasing and improving soon:)

The Retired One said...

You may have found that shot boring or ordinary, but I think it is stunning!

Poetic Shutterbug said...

I think it is absolutely gorgeous in every way.

Q Smith said...

It's beautiful, no getting around that one!

J. Evan Kreider said...

I have felt that you certainly think like a large-format photographer. Now I see why. Take your digital along on your outings, why not.

Amy Lilley Designs said...

For those of us around the country/world not familiar w/ this breath taking scene, it is a very beautiful shot indeed!!

Ели Маринова said...

Very interesting and specific style! I like it!

JAZEVOX said...

maybe thats why everyone with a camera one to photograph this place, its definitely photographic place. i like it. never been to San Diego, so this view new to me.
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storybeader said...

hi mark - haven't been around for awhile. Nice to see you still shooting beautiful image. I always heard that so much photo paper wasn't available.

Andy Richards said...

Well Mark: I haven't been to the town and haven't made the shot, so I enjoyed viewing it. And -- its a splendid image!