Chrome Brightening

Mercury 155 Grain Truck - Manning, Alberta
Mercury 155 Grain Truck – Manning, Alberta

Years on, chrome lines and badging still highlight and brighten detail work on an early fifties Mercury M-155 grain truck at the Manning Pioneer Museum in Manning, Alberta.

Listening to: my daughter skillfully work Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’ on our piano upstairs.

Quote to Inspire – “It’s not how a photographer looks at the world that is important. It’s their intimate relationship with it.” – Antoine D’Agata

Manning, Dixonville & Blue Sky HDR

Grain Bins - Dixonville, Alberta 1
Grain Bins – Dixonville, Alberta 1
Grain Bins - Dixonville, Alberta 2
Grain Bins – Dixonville, Alberta 2
Grain Truck Box - Manning, Alberta 1
Grain Truck Box – Manning, Alberta 1
Grain Truck Box - Manning, Alberta 2
Grain Truck Box – Manning, Alberta 2
Grain Truck Box - Manning, Alberta 3
Grain Truck Box – Manning, Alberta 3
Grain Truck Cab - Manning, Alberta 1
Grain Truck Cab – Manning, Alberta 1
Grain Truck Cab - Manning, Alberta 2
Grain Truck Cab – Manning, Alberta 2
Mercury Grain Truck - Manning, Alberta 1
Mercury Grain Truck – Manning, Alberta 1
Mercury Grain Truck - Manning, Alberta 2
Mercury Grain Truck – Manning, Alberta 2
Mercury Grain Truck - Manning, Alberta 3
Mercury Grain Truck – Manning, Alberta 3
Mercury Grain Truck Badge - Manning, Alberta 1
Mercury Grain Truck Badge – Manning, Alberta 1
Mercury Grain Truck Badge - Manning, Alberta 2
Mercury Grain Truck Badge – Manning, Alberta 2
Mercury Grain Truck Badge - Manning, Alberta 3
Mercury Grain Truck Badge – Manning, Alberta 3
Mercury Grain Truck Badge - Manning, Alberta 4
Mercury Grain Truck Badge – Manning, Alberta 4

Images this morning are from a farming community in the region that lies between Manning, Dixonville and Blue Sky, Alberta. Grain bins done in HDR with swirling, heavy clouds above and a set of HDR photos of an early fifties grain truck at the pioneer museum minutes north of Manning.

Listening to the Candid Frame – an interview of Niel and Susan Silverman, a husband and wife photographer duo who provide photography workshops around the world; also, Sheryl Crow’s ‘Riverwide,’ U2’s ‘Wire’ and ‘Promenade,’ Roxy Music’s ‘India’ and Christine by Siouxsie & the Banshees.

Quote to Inspire – “On the odd days Auto Tone gets it right I assume it’s using some kind of voodoo.” ― David duChemin, Vision & Voice: Refining Your Vision in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

The Road Home – Images

1938 Ford One Ton Tow Truck
1938 Ford One Ton Tow Truck
Farm - Nampa, Alberta
Farm – Nampa, Alberta
Manning Grain Truck 1
Manning Grain Truck 1
Manning Grain Truck 2
Manning Grain Truck 2
McLure Tow Truck 1
McLure Tow Truck 1

McLure Tow Truck 2

McLure Tow Truck 3
McLure Tow Truck 3
McLure Tow Truck 4
McLure Tow Truck 4
Saw Mill - Whitecourt 1
Saw Mill – Whitecourt 1
Train Tracks  - Kamloops, British Columbia
Train Tracks – Kamloops, British Columbia

Good travel from a photographic perspective is something allowing the photographer to look out to the world and to engage visually with the narrative of situation and locale. What is out there? What is happening or has happened? What pulls your eye towards it? What colour is there? What shadow is there? What is the visual impression? The challenge is that travel is often expeditious – you need to arrive at your destination at a certain time or to return home because you have goals on the other end of your travel. The trick is to plan for the opportunity to stop and photograph starting out early enough that you give yourself abundance of time with your camera … and the world. For the same nine hour drive we make between High Level and Edmonton, Alberta, an artist we worked with, Chris Short, observed that there is enough visual information of interest to make it necessary to break the same trip into three days to allow her to sketch, draw and paint … along the way. The photos presented here are those on the return journey home last week. Not knowing the times or vicinities well and with the press of my family and me returning to other goals, my photography was more happenstance than planned or found.

Listening to – The B-52s with the Wild Crowd performing ‘Private Idaho,’ ‘Ultraviolet,’ ‘Roam,’ and ‘Cosmic Thing’.

Quote to Inspire – “Taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is.” – Anonymous