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Monday, March 22, 2010

Weekly Black & White Square Photo

Dormant Life


The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
 
From the poem "Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening" by Rober Frost.
 
The snow has passed and so has winter. Spring is here and time for life to re-appear. The woods are bare and the path is dark but soon life will burst forth and the greens of spring will be upon us, but I wax poetic.
 
This is a section of the Tow Path east of Lock 75 on the C&O Canal. Imagine walking with a mule as it pulls a canal boat. It's early morning, cold and damp, and you hope that the clouds will soon lift and allow the sun to appear to bring some warmth to your lonely walk. You've been this way before but you still wonder what's around the next bend. You just passed the last Lock before Cumberland but, you're heading East, in the opposite direction and you realize that you still have another 175 miles to go before your journey ends.
 
Yes, the woods are lovely, dark and deep, and since your day is just beginning you have many miles to go before you sleep.
 
How's that for a beginning. Anyway, this photo was taken with a DSLR and an 18 - 70mm lens. The ISO was 400 and exposed at 1/100 sec @ f/5.6. In Photoshop Elements I cropped for the square look and converted it to a B&W image. I used appox 13 layers to achieve this look. It is a combination of levels, highlights, contrast, dodge and burning, vignetting, vintage and old camera actions and 3 levels of sharpening before achieving the finished creation.
 
The Canal and Tow Path are favorite areas for me to walk and to just take in the scenery. Between Cumberland and PawPaw alone there are many areas yet to be discovered; and I hope to see it all in short sections and one at a time.
 
Yeah, this is my world, a most wonderful world that allows for your imagination to wander, and you are welcome to it.