Evening light at Oldfields *EXPLORED*

Flickr’s Explore feature gathers the 500 most interesting photos uploaded each day. They’re chosen entirely by software, using an “interestingness” algorithm that factors how often a photo is viewed, “liked,” and commented upon; and how active the photographer is in viewing, “liking,” and commenting upon others’ photos. You can see today’s Explored photographs here.

Ten of my photos have been Explored, including this one. It’s great fun: each photo has gotten a ton more views, likes, and comments than any of my work normally gets, and I usually pick up a few new followers.

Evening light at Oldfields • Nikon F2AS • 50mm f/2 AI Nikkor • Kodak Ektar 100 • June, 2014

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Favorite Photos Week: Evening light at Oldfields

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Evening light over the back deck

One evening in May the setting sun cast a warm, brown light into my neighborhood. I grabbed my Canon PowerShot S95 and tried to capture it. I wish all of my cameras had a “capture this just like it is” setting. Frustratingly, the S95 kept wanting to auto-white-balance the light back to normal. I ended up shooting in program mode in RAW, with white balance deliberately set to capture the light as close to right as possible. And then I tweaked the image further in Photoshop trying to fully recapture that interesting, delicious light, and how it shifted the colors of everything it touched.

I love how my growing interest in photography has attuned me to the world. I used to live in such blindness and ignorance of the subtle, the beautiful, the interesting. Not too long ago, even if I had noticed this delicious evening light, I would have shrugged it off and turned back to what I was doing. I would have really missed out.

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Captured: Delicious evening light over the deck

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South San Francisco

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Olympus Stylus Epic Zoom 80, Kodak Ektar 100
2015

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Kodak 35, Kodak Plus-X
2015

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Evening light at Oldfields

Oldfields was the mansion of Eli Lilly, who founded a pharmaceutical company that bears his name and still employs lots of people in central Indiana. Today, the house stands on the marvelous grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The IMA is near my home, so I’m over there all the time with camera in hand.

I was out walking the grounds one cool late-spring evening with my girlfriend, two of her children, and my sons. Margaret brought her Nikon D50 with the 50mm f/1.8 AF Nikkor lens I gave her for her birthday, and I brought my Nikon F2AS with my 50mm f/2 AI Nikkor lens. I was shooting my first ever roll of Kodak Ektar 100. We lingered for a while behind Oldfields, photographing our teenagers together among these arches. I liked the light here as the sun hung low in the west, and so I paused for this photo. The Ektar really brought this shot home. It was chosen for Flickr’s Explore feature and it got over 5,000 views in two days. That was fun!

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Captured: Evening light at Oldfields

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Shadows in my room

This photo shows the good and the bad about my Canon PowerShot S95′s low-light capabilities. The good: that it captured this scene at all. The bad: that at the very bottom, if you squint you can see some pixelation where the S95 just couldn’t handle the dark anymore. So don’t squint.

I took this on a sunny afternoon in my bedroom. I don’t typically open the blinds in there; it’s just a place I go to sleep.

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Captured: Shadows in my room

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