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casil403
11-21-2009, 08:52 PM
I'm going to start this thread and add to it over time.
These were some of the first shots I took...saw this old tilted farmhouse on the side of the road....
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2564/4122885311_00001410a8_o.jpg

Bambi
11-21-2009, 09:26 PM
I love the feel of this shot Casil. Very nice indeed.

casil403
11-21-2009, 09:30 PM
Here's another one...the cloud formations were totally unreal today!

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2622/4122955583_61025e2ba4_o.jpg

casil403
11-21-2009, 09:53 PM
This is my friend's fathers first truck. It's a 1939 Dodge truck. I took many shots of it for him. I quite like how this first one turned out.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2746/4123774250_af3bb7a5e5_o.jpg

Here it is again in BW

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2565/4123007311_b61b234e41_o.jpg

EJC
11-21-2009, 10:29 PM
Love the cloud shot Casil! I tried from F.C.P. but 28 mm just won't do it from that close.

Mad Aussie
11-21-2009, 10:34 PM
So when you said '48 Ford ... you really meant '39 Dodge huh? ;) Great old truck.

I love that cloud shot too. I didn't realize how crooked the horizons were in Canada :)

casil403
11-21-2009, 10:46 PM
So when you said '48 Ford ... you really meant '39 Dodge huh? ;) Great old truck.

I love that cloud shot too. I didn't realize how crooked the horizons were in Canada :)
Yes...Horizons are indeed crooked when looking upwards towards a hill. ;)

casil403
11-21-2009, 10:50 PM
Here's the shot with a straight horizon...in Canada the telephone poles are crooked...lol! ;)

Iguanasan
11-21-2009, 10:53 PM
You are off to a great start.. can't wait to see more.

casil403
11-21-2009, 10:53 PM
An old thresher on the prairie landscape.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2564/4123878424_bb3e4fc873_o.jpg

Mad Aussie
11-21-2009, 10:57 PM
I'd rather a bent pole than a crooked horizon :) Looks much better.

That combine harvester shot is cool!

casil403
11-21-2009, 11:04 PM
Okay how about a straight horizon and a straighter pole!

Mad Aussie
11-21-2009, 11:52 PM
You have a strange idea of straight/level Lisa but I see you are learning to use a tool to correct the distortion ... cool!!

casil403
11-22-2009, 08:30 AM
A couple more from yesterday...The landscape out here amazing IMO...I love it!

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2557/4124818042_5b1fe75698_o.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2711/4123227361_601b0798d9_o.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2672/4124829646_2d76a2edfc_o.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2557/4124081687_6d392286ba_o.jpg

zenon5940
11-22-2009, 08:54 AM
So many good shots Lisa! Congratulations and thanks for sharing them here.

casil403
11-22-2009, 10:42 AM
We had awesome clouds.....

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2634/4124285897_9358e0fc29_o.jpg

Iguanasan
11-22-2009, 10:51 AM
We had awesome clouds.....

Wow! :clap:

casil403
11-22-2009, 10:53 AM
Thanks Ig...It was so weird..everywhere we went a different phot op was waiting for us to show up.
Pat and I were high 5'ing each other all day...lol!

Iguanasan
11-22-2009, 11:12 AM
Thanks Ig...It was so weird..everywhere we went a different phot op was waiting for us to show up.
Pat and I were high 5'ing each other all day...lol!

That may simply have been the fact that you are a lot better at seeing them then you used to be ;)

Barefoot
11-22-2009, 11:20 AM
Great work, casil. The shot of the silos with the converging lines is wonderful as well as the shot beneath it of the bails of hay in the open field. The clouds you've captured aren't too shabby, either. :highfive:

Marko
11-22-2009, 11:23 AM
I really like this set casil - many wonderful images here:highfive:

casil403
11-22-2009, 11:49 AM
Gosh thanks folks...you are all kind. :)
The main reason we went out was to capture Walter's (Pat's Dad) first vehicle. I thought for some reason he said '49 ford but it was a '39 dodge
It was sitting on the farm amidst an old pontiac and some old farming machinery. I took shots form almost every angle imaginable and had him open up the door for a few shots inside. We went to visit his 85yo mother who lives in a retirement community in the nearby town.When she was the photos she told me stories about how she used to drive it. I think it brought back some great memories for her. :)
I just processed this image for him and evenutally I am going to put them all on a disk and give it to him to have.....is it okay? I think he wants a few BW shots as well as he asked me about them.
I will probably end up giving this to him as an Xmas present also so please let me have your critiques even though not in the crit section.
Thank you all so much for your kindness and helpfulness again.:thankyou:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2641/4124506133_c51115d14e_o.jpg

Iguanasan
11-22-2009, 12:25 PM
Any critique I might provide on this one would only make you start gilding the lily. Others with more experience may see something that I don't but I'd print it. In fact, if you are giving something like this as a present, I'd print it big. Forget 8x12 or even 16x24, I'd go at least to the 24x36 range

The converging lines between the truck and the combine head. The well exposed cloud cover, etc., etc. make a fine photo. Good eye and great capture.

JAS_Photo
11-22-2009, 01:13 PM
Very cool in B&W!

Mad Aussie
11-22-2009, 02:42 PM
Great work, casil. The shot of the silos with the converging lines is wonderful as well as the shot beneath it of the bails of hay in the open field. The clouds you've captured aren't too shabby, either. :highfive:
Ditto!

casil403
11-22-2009, 05:04 PM
Here's another angle of Walter's '39. My friend is watching my flickr posts and is quite estatic with the results so far! :)

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2587/4126183374_a868c2901c_o.jpg

crystalb
11-22-2009, 05:32 PM
Looks like your day went fantastic! Nice Shots!

AcadieLibre
11-22-2009, 05:36 PM
Casil what an absolutely gorgeous set of photos, all are so very well done. I think you did a great series, they all fit and flows like they belong with each other. Nice. Now you just need to print them, frame them and find someone an establishment like a local market, restaurant, gallery and show them as a set, I am sure you would be able to sell some.

tirediron
11-22-2009, 07:00 PM
Wonderful!

casil403
11-22-2009, 07:29 PM
Thanks so much for the encouragement AL...Your suggestions helped contribute to a successful day. Thanks too TI.

casil403
11-22-2009, 07:43 PM
A few more shots from the day. Pat's farm is located in Torrington, about an hour and 1/2 north and a bit east of Calgary. Pat's hobby is Ironman Triathalons and he has spent many an hour training on these roads so when I spoke with him about a photo shoot, he was more than ready to take me out to view the scenery he sees when out on his road bike.
Pat's Mum lives in 3-Hills which is about a 20 minute drive further east from the farm. 3 Hills is name dfor exactly that reason...there are 3 prominent hills on the prairie landscape.
When viisiting his Mum, she suggested i try a shot of the local campground as it looked so lonely and empty she thought it might make a great photo. I took this for her:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2619/4125777273_73806c0740_o.jpg

On the way to visit his Mum, we stopped at 2 places...one was an old school house and family cemetary located on Kneehill. A few of the headstones are dated as far back as 1858! All the same family is buried here.


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2759/4126316694_4a6d3e88c9_o.jpg

Further on the way we stopped at a local lake called Keiver Lake...I guess it's quite a popular picnic/camping spot in the summertime. Right now it's covered in ice.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2724/4126511858_04f878cfa0_o.jpg

Bambi
11-22-2009, 08:52 PM
Holy Crap Casil, these are wonderful shots!!! :1st::1st::1st::1st:

Mad Aussie
11-22-2009, 10:58 PM
And just for something different ... the last one has a crooked horizon :evil2:

You really have stepped up with this project Lisa. Amazing how uncertain you were yet how confident we were ... and now look at the results! A photo is worth a thousand words ;)

casil403
11-23-2009, 06:36 AM
And just for something different ... the last one has a crooked horizon :evil2:

You really have stepped up with this project Lisa. Amazing how uncertain you were yet how confident we were ... and now look at the results! A photo is worth a thousand words ;)

Funny, I use the leveling tool (the ruler and the line drawn on the horizon then the program levels it) in lightroom so I dunno what's going on. :confused:

Thanks for the kind words MA...funny I remember being so frustrated earlier in the year about this whole photography stuff. Feels kinda good to see the things I took when I first got the camera and to have it culminate in this project.
Everyone on this forum has all been so very helpful and kind with your support,advice and encouragement and I am just so happy to be here. :thankyou:

casil403
11-23-2009, 06:55 AM
Pat took me down to show me an old car grave yard in a clump of aspen right behind and to the right where the old dodge truck was. His Mum said the vehicles were already there when they bought the farm back in 1969.
It was amazing to see all these old cars and trucks just sitting there. I think all the parts for the green one are there too as Pat started pulling fenders and other stuff out of the grass and putting them in a pile. I hope some of them are restorable someday? There was also a 50's type chevy there but it was really beat up. :)

I HDR'd all of these.


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2530/4123065607_f1640bdd49_o.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2778/4125271687_9c368eaafc_o.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2726/4126039438_bca111c755_o.jpg

Greg_Nuspel
11-23-2009, 07:23 AM
Wow! :clap:

More WOW here :1st:

russ
11-23-2009, 08:10 AM
Corkscrew Mountain, Alberta Forestry Trunk Road.

casil403
11-23-2009, 04:45 PM
A few more shots from the day:

Red barn in the coulee...

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2732/4125200415_a9fb525ac4_o.jpg

Old Carstairs Community Hall...now filled with pigeons:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2450/4126072817_b712d06ea4_o.jpg

Another old farm truck:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2692/4127333265_73feea0bc7_b.jpg

The old red schoolhouse located on Pat's farm..I love that it still has the original paint on it:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2539/4128515317_69b7b72e51_b.jpg

Another schoolhouse with the original windows...I thought about removing the dirt in PS but it just didn't seem right so I left it. IMO it adds to the patina of the window.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2713/4128512405_32ffc7a947_b.jpg

Bambi
11-23-2009, 04:53 PM
gosh Casil, I am surprised that you are not studying to be a professional photographer!

Love the school house pics!

casil403
11-23-2009, 05:20 PM
Gee thanks B! :)
OTA is enough right now thanks....:D

Here's another one with a bit of a story behind it:
So we're out driving and slowly heading back to the #2 to go back to Calgary and one of the final stops on the way Pat wants to show me is this Carstairs Community hall. it has a pretty neat Ukranian type spire on the top of it (I'm not quite there yet in processing....lol).
As I'm photographing this, an older man pulls up in his truck and asks what we are doing...we introduce ourselves and Pat starts up a conversation while I continue taking shots. The man is intently interested in the photography and suggests that about a mile and a bit down the crossooad there's this really neat old schoolhouse still in pretty good shape with the barn still up behind it. He explained that when he was a kid he used to go to the school and the barn was for the kids who rode to school on their horses so they could shelter them in the barn while they were at school. We followed him until he turned off to his farm and then continued on. I want to stop by his house at a later date and give him a photo I think or get Pat to do it for me. I think he would like it... :)
We decided to go and have a gander. It definitely was a memorable day of adventures!
Here's what I came up with:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2759/4129388984_1ae65acdc3_o.jpg

JAS_Photo
11-23-2009, 05:46 PM
Very cool! I especially like the log cabin window as well. :)

Greg_Nuspel
11-23-2009, 06:49 PM
A treasure trove of wonderful photos all on one weekend. Damn you're good :1st:

zenon5940
11-23-2009, 09:14 PM
Greg has printed the exact words I was going to use... Casil you do GREAT photos. Congratulations.

Mad Aussie
11-24-2009, 12:38 AM
I'm liking several of these Casil :) The standout for me are the ole 'Two Ton' and the last one of the old building with the danger sign. Great composition there.

casil403
11-24-2009, 02:47 PM
Thanks again MA :)
A couple more from the day:
A scene on my friend's section of the farm...not sure exactly how many sections are on it but it's pretty big!

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2519/4130128478_d7642239ae_o.jpg

A highway sign on a very long and straight rural road...I imagine people go alot faster than 80k on here at times:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2709/4130998762_c614ff9803_o.jpg

Another angle of an old barn/house:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2616/4131888576_a57bdb83b7_o.jpg

Iguanasan
11-24-2009, 05:57 PM
Thanks for sharing these shots with us Casil. I have to say after seeing all these wonderful photos that I'm inspired to go shooting. I think I finally understand the power of having a "project" to work on. I realize that we've only seen a small portion of the almost 1,000 shots but if all you got out of the day were the ones we have seen you should consider yourself fortunate for they are a wonderful collection.

Mad Aussie
11-24-2009, 06:15 PM
I think I finally understand the power of having a "project" to work on.
It's a great way to pressure yourself to extend your thinking Iggy. I often give little projects to people I'm trying to teach for this reason.
It's the reason Marko wants the monthly challenge to only contain photos taken in that month ... it makes you purposely go out and take a shot that's interesting and fits the monthly theme. It's a mini project to learn by with the added advantage of being able to see, and be inspired by, other peoples efforts as well.

casil403
11-24-2009, 09:19 PM
It's a great way to pressure yourself to extend your thinking Iggy. I often give little projects to people I'm trying to teach for this reason.
It's the reason Marko wants the monthly challenge to only contain photos taken in that month ... it makes you purposely go out and take a shot that's interesting and fits the monthly theme. It's a mini project to learn by with the added advantage of being able to see, and be inspired by, other peoples efforts as well.

I agree...having projects..specific ones make you focus on the details such as compostition, lighting, perpspective etc...at least that's what I've found in doing this past weekend project and my daily weekend adventures at fish creek also.
My only issue is lack of a vehicle which means I have to be especially creative at times because I have to keep within the confines of my travel ability.
I am flattered that my shots inspire you :thankyou: enough to go out and start something of your own and I wish you all the best in finding cool stuff and interesting ways to shoot them!

casil403
11-25-2009, 07:52 AM
A couple more shots of the old "39...I hope this isn't getting boring yet and I'm beating a dead horse (or Dodge more like) here:

Another angle:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2683/4133541214_161d03860a_b.jpg

A shot inside:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2719/4132799567_78a921d947_o.jpg

kat
11-25-2009, 09:29 AM
<------- needs a project!

Great set!!!!

casil403
11-26-2009, 08:57 AM
A couple more:
As I said, we had great cloud shapes, especially around sunset:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2709/4136064052_6b4d1bf649_o.jpg

Another angle of the school and barn:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2548/4135282367_7a1d8d1d4c_o.jpg

Greg_Nuspel
11-26-2009, 09:41 AM
Those clouds are wonderful, you caught an excellent colour palette there. I like the way the lines lead into the high-lite cloud area. Over all a wonderful shot.

Mad Aussie
11-26-2009, 02:35 PM
That cloud shot is a stunner!

Bambi
11-26-2009, 02:39 PM
now that is 'Big Sky' country! :1st:

casil403
11-26-2009, 07:29 PM
Thanks all..... :)
Another view of the graveyard...these I believe must have been the original homesteaders of the property. Their headstones state birth in the 1800's and they look like the oldest graves.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2627/4137396436_404c9fd7f1_o.jpg

The school outhouse...I am afraid to even ask what the bricks are for...lol! I guess they had to walk 10 miles uphill--BOTH WAYS and use were too poor to afford TP! :eek: :evil2:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2559/4136636165_b2d05de078_o.jpg

casil403
11-26-2009, 08:20 PM
Reclamation:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2510/4133630822_7f1db7ac3e_o.jpg

russ
11-27-2009, 12:48 AM
a few more...

Mad Aussie
11-27-2009, 01:58 AM
Nice simplistic scenes there Russ. That 2nd shot is very different from any thing I've seen of Alberta before.

You might find starting your own thread for your photos instead of whacking them into Casil's thread (although I'm sure she won't mind) would help your work stand out a bit more and be noticed by more members here though :)

casil403
11-27-2009, 08:42 AM
Nice simplistic scenes there Russ. That 2nd shot is very different from any thing I've seen of Alberta before.

You might find starting your own thread for your photos instead of whacking them into Casil's thread (although I'm sure she won't mind) would help your work stand out a bit more and be noticed by more members here though :)

I'm with MA on this one Russ. Those are quite nice shots and you are more than welcome to post them here. I quite like the pastel colouring in the 1st one.
However, as MA stated, you will probably get more viewer response and feedback if you start a new thread and post your images in there....that's usually how it works. :)

Greg_Nuspel
11-27-2009, 09:10 AM
The school outhouse...I am afraid to even ask what the bricks are for...lol! I guess they had to walk 10 miles uphill--BOTH WAYS and use were too poor to afford TP! :eek: :evil2:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2559/4136636165_b2d05de078_o.jpg

Obviously you've never heard the expression '****ting bricks', must have been students before finals :evil2:

casil403
11-27-2009, 09:15 AM
This carstairs Community Hall ad a really interesting spire on top of the building...It looked hand formed and almost Ukranian in style.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2650/4137714281_888dcbed47_o.jpg

The last of the light...this is the same image we wer elooking at on the truck window.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2512/4138473550_4d263ca628_o.jpg

Well that's almost it folks...Mostly everything else are dupes of the same images for HDR's or different anlges of the same shots. if I find anything I missed I'll add to it here.
I'm glad you enjoyed my project..it was so fun I'm sad to see it end.
Thanks so much for all the great feedback! :D

Bambi
11-27-2009, 09:20 AM
thank you for sharing these with us Casil. I greatly appreciate it!

Iguanasan
11-27-2009, 12:44 PM
thank you for sharing these with us Casil. I greatly appreciate it!

Here, here! I heartily agree! :thankyou:

casil403
11-27-2009, 03:14 PM
Thanks...I'm glad you enjoyed them....now what to do for next project?
Thinking "Rider Pride" as it's Grey Cup in Calgary! I mean who doesn't like a shot of a inebriated green face painter with a watermelon helmet?
Just waiting for the snow to ease off and then it's downtown to catch the festivities! :party: :clown:
GO RIDERS!!!!!

Sorry Marko

casil403
11-30-2009, 07:42 AM
I found another one I liked when re-sorting through the pile. I guess the juxtaposition of the old farming machine and new red barn was what I was going for.
Thought I would share:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2590/4146376939_aa3c472762_o.jpg

Iguanasan
11-30-2009, 09:45 AM
Thanks again for sharing another nice shot. Your photo-eye was working well that day.

Mad Aussie
11-30-2009, 02:46 PM
Yep, definitely worth sharing. This is a nice shot!

Greg_Nuspel
11-30-2009, 04:05 PM
I like it, but those houses in the background at the base of the hill..attack of the killer clone tool :evil2:

jjeling
12-02-2009, 01:44 PM
Casil this series of images was excellent. You did a great job here. Great improvement in the past year. Its safe to say now that you are a staple here at photography.ca. I have now figured out my winter project, thanks to this thread. Good job. Please keep sharing.

casil403
12-02-2009, 08:23 PM
Thankyou JJ...that really is a high compliment! :thankyou:
I'm glad it inspired your project and I hope to see your images really soon! :)
I just want to say that you have all helped so much over the last year with inspiration and encouragement, by being honest and truthful when it's a good image and when its a not-so-much image. I really appreciate the feedback and I've learned so much by being here.
Okay....GROUP HUG! :o