A Walk in the Park
Last Sunday, I had the pleasure of visiting Fort Hunt Park. On the drive, I was excited about the scenery as the road to get there, George Washington Parkway, is nestled between the Potomac River and some amazing homes. But when I reached the actual park, I was a little bummed. At first glance it was picnic tables, benches, and a flag pole. However, I was determined to get a few shots in and decided to make the most of it.
The first subject I stumbled upon was a tree. Exciting, I know. But this tree was really interesting. I don’t know if it had been struck by lightening at some point but whatever happened left a gaping hole similar to a mouth that looked like it was shouting. I practiced photographing it from different angles, changing my depth of field, and ultimately liked this photo the most:
I was happy with this one because my camera settings were spot-on for capturing what I saw in my mind’s eye. The only post-processing done was a little contrast adjustment and burning to make it ‘pop’ slightly more than the original.
My next test subject was an old commander station. It was interesting to me because it resembled a face and I thought it would also be a challenge because structures typically are, for me. The rugged concrete, rust stains, and bars on the window made it appear slightly daunting. I don’t think I’d want to be there at night. At any rate, here is what I ended up with:
Again, this was minimal post-processing that just included making it stand out a little more by adjusting the contrast and clarity. Both photos were shot with my Nikon 7100 and were really a way for me to ‘make it work,’ despite not feeling particularly inspired.
All in all, I’d say it was a productive 45 minutes of making something out of nothing. If you’re determined to shoot, stretch your creative legs and make it happen.