Doug Stockdale's Singular Images

January 30, 2015

Zachary – High Desert

Filed under: Photography — Tags: , — Doug Stockdale @ 5:02 am

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Untitled (Zachary, High Desert, Arizona, November 2014) copyright 2014 Douglas Stockdale

On occasion, I am blessed by serendipity. This young guy had been zooming around and over the rocks and various trails. Then he paused, ever so momentary.

Cheers

January 26, 2015

High Desert landscape

Filed under: Photography — Tags: , , — Doug Stockdale @ 5:07 am

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Untitled (High Desert, Oak Creek, November 2014) copyright 2015 Douglas Stockdale

Last November in Oak Creek, Arizona. Mixed emotions, many memories here over the past couple of decades. This represents an open ended question for me.

So I will see how this progresses.

Cheers!

January 25, 2015

Nocturnal Winter Landscape studies

Filed under: Photography — Tags: , — Doug Stockdale @ 11:13 pm

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Nocturnal III (below: Nocturnal II & Nocturnal) copyright 2015 Douglas Stockdale

This last week I was on assignment in the Baltimore area and from what I anticipated about this trip, it was going to be long and late hours entirely inside with a large group of people, which indeed it turned out to be. Thus I was no really anticipating any opportunities to work on my own projects, which in retrospect probably allowed me to relax and be open to what appeared before me.

The location was an industrial area in the northern suburbs of Baltimore with a mix of older industrial and a spattering of older residential, an area that could have be interesting to walk about if given the time. Regretfully, only a tiny bit of dawn light and not much time to use it. I was already on a sleep deficit attempting to adjust with the three hour difference from SoCal, so even with a couple of cups of coffee I was still a bit of a zombie that early in the morning.

On Wednesday, there was an interesting environmental change for this SoCal guy, it began to snow at noon and that evening everything had a light blanket of new, clear snow. Graphic and beautiful! After dinner I noted that the back of the parking lot had a line of brush and trees illuminated by towering parking lot lights. So being intrigued by what lay in front of me I investigated with the camera phone sans tripod. The resulting low resolution images were a fun exercise and made the time fly delightfully by. The image above and on the very bottom are monochromatic and not processed as black and white, while the first image below was converted to black and white as there were some color cast from the parking lights that I found disturbing.

With close scrutiny of the image at the bottom it is evident that this is not as sharp as the other two images, but these are the best of this bunch. I made a number of extra exposures and I was a tad bit cold, thus anticipated that I was not the most steady guy taking these longer exposure pictures.

Next time the tripod goes in the car!

Cheers!

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January 19, 2015

Picture Postcards

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Untitled (MingXinPian #0984) copyright Douglas Stockdale

This is a long term and a slowly developing project that I have worked on intermittently these past years. For this photograph I am investigating a feeling about a state of decline or decay.

I recently had an opportunity to show this photographic print in conjunction with five similar photographs to a group of photographers. Of the five, this image seemed to evoke the strongest response consistent with my objective.

Cheers

January 14, 2015

Wet Landscape study

Filed under: Photography — Tags: , — Doug Stockdale @ 6:43 pm

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 Untitled (Tijeras Creek, January 2015) copyright 2015 Douglas Stockdale

An attempt to try to capture the mood of the day here in Southern California during one of infrequent periods of rain and drizzles.

Cheers

January 12, 2015

Winter on the Left Coast = rain & drizzles

Filed under: Photography — Tags: , — Doug Stockdale @ 12:09 am

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Untitled (Tijeras Creek, RSM, January 2015) copyright 2015 Douglas Stockdale

Winter in Southern California means rain and intermittent drizzles with some snow up in the local mountains. Weather-wise I think all the locals know that we are very spoiled as compared to many of our friends who live elsewhere. So when we get some rain it does create a different mood, of which I hope that I tapped into with this photograph. I enjoy the abstract quality of this composition. Also a rare opportunity to use the 75-200 L zoom, an infrequent guest on my Canon.

Cheers

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