I had the pleasure of enjoying the magic of Stone Barns again over the long weekend. Although this trip wasn't quite as extensive as the last (with an overnight stay in Tarrytown), it was a welcome break from city life. This time was also not quite as pleasant as the last because it was hot, hot, hot. And when you're walking around the farm center, there's not much shade to seek.
I have to admit that I think I chose a poor film to capture the colors of this place. I should have went with slide film or maybe the Portra 400 but I used the Fuji Pro 400H here (overexposed a stop), and some of the pictures came out very one-dimensional. Even the ones I've selected here, they are just all very... erm, green. Now, that's not necessarily BAD, but I was hoping for punchier colors. That red barn house near the end of the collage should be popping with color, but it's not. OR maybe I'm just bad at scanning! I'm sure Richard Photo Lab could fix these up real good. :P They seem to know what they're doing...
I also need to step away from the bokeh, like seriously just step away. A bit of a digression, but I was at an art fair the day after Stone Barns, and one photographer's work really struck me (we ordered a large silver gelatin framed print from him and I'm very very excited to get it this weekend). The photo we ordered relies completely on light and composition. Every bit of that picture is in focus. I have relied so much on shallow depth of field to create my pictures and focus my viewer's attention, and it really has become a crutch. Of course I won't abandon my lovely f2.0 on the Contax completely, but I must be able to take a good picture without the bokeh element. In a way, that's "too easy." Everyone enjoys those shots but they're not really special. In no way is this a criticism of everyone's bokeh shots - just an observation that I have to get out of this comfort zone. I suspect that had I gone to this art fair before Stone Barns, these shots would have come out very differently.
The blades of grass and the shot under are taken with a +2 close-up filter. And possibly the last dandelion shot (which is sadly not focused).
I'm kind of shocked it's Friday already tomorrow. Wohoo!