Out of Context

Back a month or so ago, I was shooting in the town of Fergus Ontario. Some of my shots from that day have already been posted here.  What I did not post was shots I took of three big steel sliding doors that I spotted in an alley.

The raw file capture

I thought the doors had real potential, but I couldn’t figure out how to deal with the rather ugly background.  I also wanted to put the three doors together in a single panorama.  It was while stitching them together that I had a moment of inspiration – why not remove the background entirely?  I tried it, and liked the result.

Hung Out To Dry

Using a plain black background seems to make the door colours more vibrant.  It also makes it harder to figure out just what they are, once the context of the background has been removed.  Printed big (20 in by 60 in) on canvas, it is stunning.  I think I will make “Out of Context” the theme for a new series of photos treated in this way.

Early morning sun.

I was downtown early in the morning last week to pick up a couple of cases of Contact magazines. (**Shameless plug alert** see my Contact show Touching Rust at Terroni Adelaide during the month of May! I also have a gallery of the pieces in the show.)  Ahem.  Anyway, on with the story. I arrived too early for the pick-up, so I went down to the waterfront to walk around a bit.  First there was some play with the early-morning tall shadows.

Shadow friends.
Even shadow dragons won’t cross a chain line.

The best find of the morning was a wonderful multi-coloured reflection of some stacked kayaks.

Gimme Colour!

Another From Valley Brick

This panorama is from a series of shots taken a month ago on my last trip to Valley Brick. The shielded overhead lights made interesting arcs of light that I wanted to capture. For some reason Photoshop had trouble putting them together, so I had to manually assemble the six shots in this panorama. I have a new appreciation for the work PS does when it stitches together a panorama!

Arcs of Light

In the Wind

On a drive through wind-farm country between Grand Valley and Shelburne, I spotted the remains of a barn that I thought would look good against the dramatic skies. I did some re-colouring of the sky and the foreground to add to the drama.

Wind Shaker

A bit further up the road was an interesting juxtaposition of old and new. I converted this scene to b&w then re-coloured some of the grasses to highlight the space between the old and new windmills.

Many seasons passed, but tomorrow nears.