Doug Stockdale's Singular Images

February 13, 2008

Prepared for chance

Filed under: Photography, Projects/Series, SoFoBoMo — Doug Stockdale @ 5:34 pm

Winter pattern

Yesterday when we stopped for a lunch break during our skiing, I noticed these snow covered tables and chairs off in one corner of the courtyard up in the Mid-Vail ski ‘hut’. Usually they have the BBQ running and there are a ton of folks milling about getting some fuel for the rest of the day’s running the mountain. Not today. So these were sitting idle, collecting some snow. 

I had figured out how to get my DSLR tucked into my ski jacket, even with the 17-40 mm lens, no mean trick, as this jacket was going on 15 years old, and I am a size or two larger than when I bought it.   My goal was to photograph ‘skiing’, using a 2 stop neutral density filter, keeping the ASA at 100 and stopping down to f/9 to get a longer exposure time while using Av mode. I could get a longer exposure by stopping the lens down further, but then I would be getting well past my optimal f/7.1 and reducing my effective resolution. I was looking to pan the camera and introduce some blurr with a spot of focus, a take-off on my drive-by’s.  And NO I was not doing this when I took my tumble, thank you very much. I am very selective when I do this photography manover, as it’s kinda of tricky since I am a clutz to begin with.

So I am thinking one kind of photograph (actually taking some of the photographs that I want) when I see this other potential image, about 180 degrees from what I am doing. After taking a couple of photographs, I find that it is not working for me. But I still see the potential, when I notice the stair case running up behind the tables. Bingo! It was just the advantage that I needed.  After lunch, I stopped here again to bracket a couple more images and slight variations on this theme. I think that this was the second image I made from my new advantage point. But this was a chance encounter.  I figured out a way to pack along the camera (and I really must have looked like a dork with that camera under my jacket), but then I was prepared for something that I had no idea would be there waiting for me.  It was a real monochromatic picture, but in color, with the shadows, a tad too much blue, so for me the black and white mojo was the proper creative fix.

Might even make the cover of a book, eh?

Best regards, Doug


  1. This one is mesmerizing. Hope the ice packs have done the job.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — February 13, 2008 @ 5:42 pm

  2. Good decision with the b&w conversion. Like this image a lot…especially with the clumps of snow on the tabletop.

    Comment by clickclique — February 13, 2008 @ 7:19 pm

  3. Great shot, somehow reminds me of Bresson!

    Comment by Charles Betz — February 13, 2008 @ 8:55 pm

  4. I really like the image, too. When I first saw it, I thought: “What nice while chair covers.” They did look comfy until I looked closer and saw that they were snow. :-)

    Comment by Paul — February 14, 2008 @ 12:10 am

  5. This image is not an original concept, bordering on a cliche, but it was just so perfect of an arrangement, that I just had to work with it;- )

    Comment by Doug Stockdale — February 14, 2008 @ 4:26 pm

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