Thursday, April 03, 2008


Mertens, Texas 2008

Hard rain was intermittently falling as Ellen and I were driving about Hill County, and at first, I drove past this old gas station/store. A few hundred yards down the road it struck me that that the only color in that entire landscape was that gas pump. Doing one of my infamous U-turns (of course having to wait for multiple cars from each direction to clear -- hadn't seen a car or truck for the past 10-15 mintues on this isolated stretch of Texas highway, and then there suddenly appears 10-12 cars as if God is testing me for some unknown reason) I go back and make another U-turn (waiting for traffice to clear again -- why me Lord?) and pull up off the pavement on the opposite side of the road from the building. We waited for a few minutes for the rain to slack. In a brief rainless moment, I jumped out of the truck, ran to the middle of the highway, fired a frame, checked the histogram, adjusted the camera, and shot one more frame, and then it began to pour rain again. Covering the camera (Canon 40D with EFs 10-22 lens), I got a bit wet before making it to the truck. I love the deep, rich, saturated colors of the rain soaked landscape, how one color can stand out against the drab.


Colin Griffiths said...

That lens shows a lot less distortion than my 24-105L

pitchertaker said...


Actually that Canon EFs 10-22 is one of the reasons I haven't moved to a 5D. It is nothing short of one of Canon's very best. It is almost distortion free -- meaning no curvature, or in older terms, no barrell or pincushion at its extremes. Just straight lines. Maybe I'll post the original images before I PS'ed it.


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