Chasing Clouds…Or, How To Be Late For Dinner On A Friday Evening
So yesterday, Friday, it rained pretty much for the better part of the day. Then, around 3 p.m., I could see the sun starting to poke through. By the time I left the office at 5:45, it was a gorgeous evening. I dumped my bag in my car and just had a feeling. I pulled my camera bag out and got a bit excited. I had a feeling I’d find something cool to shoot on the way home. It was pretty breezy and the big clouds were shifting across the sky.
As I drove home, south on Route 130, I kept framing things up outside my passenger side window. My PSW is like a big LCD screen to me. I frame it there to see if it would work in camera, possibly. The cloud formations were literally changing by the minute…I’d see great clouds but nothing in foreground or perspective. Or I’d see the foreground and the sky was flat.
I decided to hang a right and roll through Cranbury, New Jersey. Cool little old town, Cranbury. Families were walking down the main strip to a dinner at a local pizza place, or to get ice cream. Little did they know a stalker was among them….
I wasn’t catching what I wanted but I knew where I had to go. It’s a spot I’ve shot before. In fact, if you go to my very first post of this blog (no, I’m not going to link to it, I’m going to make you work for it…. 🙂 you’ll see the spot and the barn. This time, it again gave me what I wanted. Beautiful foreground with some great cloud formation above.
A few weeks ago, Moose Peterson shared his B&W technique. I guess I had that in mind because when I shot this, I knew it would end up in B&W, even though the evening sky was brilliant and spring-like.
Large and On Black. It was an awesome spectacle.
But I had another avenue I wanted to try too. After that shot, still working my way home, I hung a couple of rights and lefts and got to the peaceful setting I was looking for. Sure, New Jersey is crowded and over-populated, with more toll roads and jug handles than you can shake a stick at. But…if you know where to look, you find the real New Jersey. And sometimes, amid the McMansions and new developments, the real New Jersey is about, oh, three miles from the place you lay your head at night.
I caught maybe a little too much grain in this last one, but I like it nonetheless.
Sure, my Friday evening drive home took a little longer with these detours. But man, Mother Nature made it worth it! Both of these images were shot in color and coverted and finished using NIK Silver Efex Pro.
© Mark V. Krajnak 2009 | JerseyStyle Photography | All rights Reserved Unless otherwise noted, images captured with a Canon 20D, SanDisk digital film, finished with PS2 and Nik Software.