Creative Contrast

Creative Contrast



When it comes to creativity in photography, sometimes you just have to take what’s handed to you.  So, when the weather turns chilly, like it did recently here in Colorado, the snow makes for some great contrast in subjects.  To that end, as a means of “hopping back on the photo horse” after a three week bout with the flu, here’s some shots from the portfolio that serve as examples of how to capture contrast during snowy weather!

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The soft lines of the snow against the hard edges of the numbers, plus the added black and white element of the snow and the background made this scene for me.  What about you?

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For some reason, snow capped branches of anything always catch my eye.  A tweak of exposure adjustments, and a little contrast slider makes this strike a chord for my eyes.  What do you think?

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The light dusting of snow, the dark green stairs, and the maroon brick background made for some nice contrast.  Added bonus that the angled lines of the railings and the squared lines of the bricks just added some more visual appeal for me.  Would you have taken the shot?

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This is probably one of my favorite “almost never happened” shots.  It was taken on a photo walk a year or so ago, and it’s been sitting quietly in my portfolio for a while.  The dusting of snow, the black of the coal in the freight trains, then the slight hint of red just begged my camera to take the shot.  I almost didn’t because it was getting cold, but something told me to take it and I’m glad I did.  Are you?

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The dusting of snow across a car window is something that I’ve always found appealing.  It’s almost peaceful, seeing the outlines that a dusting of snow takes when adhering to a window.  It may be boring to others, but the contrast of the white snow and the black of the window peeking through made it work for me!


The Farmer

Paul Harvey Commercial


Photography, like anything else, is about telling a story.  If you like photographs, then you like stories.  So, with that in mind, and a bow or nod to the gods – enjoy this montage of these photos.  With the accompanying storyline from the memoirs of Paul Harvey, this not only was one of the best commercials I’ve seen in Super Bowl advertising history – the story it tells takes this one up there very quickly on my all-time list.

For those photographers that took these stills, I applaud you all:

 

William Albert Allard

 

Kurt Markus

 

The dialog from Paul Harvey:

And on the eighth day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, “I need a caretaker.” So God made a farmer.

God said, “I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk cows, work all day in the field, milk cows again, eat supper, then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board.” So God made a farmer.

God said, “I need somebody willing to sit up all night with a newborn colt and watch it die, then dry his eyes and say,’Maybe next year,’ I need somebody who can shape an ax handle from an ash tree, shoe a horse with hunk of car tire, who can make a harness out hay wire, feed sacks and shoe scraps. Who, during planting time and harvest season will finish his 40-hour week by Tuesday noon and then, paining from tractor back, put in another 72 hours.” So God made the farmer.

God said, “I need somebody strong enough to clear trees and heave bales, yet gentle enough to yean lambs and wean pigs and tend the pink-comb pullets, who will stop his mower for an hour to splint the leg of a meadowlark.”

It had to be somebody who’d plow deep and straight and not cut corners. Somebody to seed, weed, feed, breed, and brake, and disk, and plow, and plant, and tie the fleece and strain the milk, . Somebody who’d bale a family together with the soft, strong bonds of sharing, who would laugh, and then sigh and then reply with smiling eyes when his son says that he wants to spend his life doing what Dad does. “So God made a farmer.”

Touched a nerve – people either loved it or hated it.  I personally loved it.  Some are saying Ram commercialized the image of an American farmer, others are saying the homage was touching.  No matter how you feel about commercials, farmers, Dodge, Paul Harvey, or any other trumped up political agenda-riddled gobbeldy-gook, what I’d be most interested in is finding out more about the collective set of photographers.  Their imagery was awesome!

Kudos to the two that ABC mentioned in their post, but I want to give my own nod to the photographers.  In fact, I’ll send out a $25 B&H Gift card to the first person who can get me a list of all ten photographers that took the powerful images for Ram in the making of this commercial.