Though the weather here in North Carolina has turned warm and sunny again this week, we had a heavy snowfall not long ago, a nice powder that left most everything around us covered in a calm white for a couple of days. The muted glow of a snowy night is so relaxing is it not? A day into the storm it was hard not to grab our cameras and shoot a few things nearby. The photo today was taken out one of our windows through a screen which is why it has a haziness to it. I stole YoungDoo’s 5D and 135mm lens to shoot these seed pods full of a healthy white snow because I thought some of you who enjoy the winter would find solace in the scene. Enjoy!
The late summer rush has faded like a sunset off in the distance in a rear view mirror while driving back home from the west. At least that’s how I’m imagining it right now. Work and trying to find a pattern in being a father has eaten up my time as if it was a disposable commodity but it feels good to be back here on these pages, sharing with you guys for the first time in a while.
It’s the time of year that I start to consider the future and with the looming election upon us nothing feels certain aside from the joy in my daughter’s smile. As long as that stays firmly in place I feel as though things could be ok. Is it possible to feel sentimental about the future? Falls into the category of a daydream, or hope maybe, but it’s a feeling I try to capture and hold onto as days slip by.
So as I dug through old photos that I thought would be nice to share after a long absence from posting, this frozen lake stood out. The scene is from a rest stop off the side of a highway in Korea which we came across during a day trip the last time we were there. It’s stillness gives me pause, so much water and land lays frozen and calm. The photo eases my mind and gives fuel for the hope I spoke of a moment ago.
Approaching the end of another year I look at 50ft and hope that I can push forward with new ideas that will help secure its future. I am one tiny step away from kicking off a new era and I truly hope to take that step in the next month here before the holidays take hold. At any rate, we all have a big week ahead of us, wishing us all the best, hopefully this frozen lake brings you a little bit of calm as well.
I have really enjoyed posting work from other photographers lately, its been both inspiring to get back behind the camera and a nice change for these pages to see images and stories from others. Among those who submitted images to share here on 50ft was photographer Benjamin Dreer who shared a few great photos with me. I settled on this subtle image which I thought, despite its simplicity, must have a good story to tell hiding inside its composition. Sure enough, Benjamin wrote a wonderful story to pair with the photograph:
“This photo was taken on a visit to Soulac-sur-Mer, a commune in the south west of France. The small town has a wall separating the beach area from the promenade leading through and out of the town. Almost at its end where the town is less touristy and the beach a bit wilder, a rusted old bicycle loomed over this wall. It was rotten, but neatly placed. The way you won’t place something you just want to get rid of. I ultimately thought about stories that explain, why it was sacrificed here to the salty see air months ago. I took this picture to remind myself to keep thinking about the most fascinating and enthralling story and write it down some day. Thoughts came and went, but the story is not yet finished. I am wondering whether the bicycle it is still there, the day it will be completed.”
While Benjamin does not currently have any of his work to share online you can say hello via email here.
Back again with another guest wallpaper, still one or two left in this series before I jump back in with some 50ft originals. This time we are at the beach again with a beautifully grainy film photo from Manchester, UK based photographer Josef Szotten. His work has a relaxed yet confident style that I really enjoy and I am happy to share one of his images here with you today. Here are a few words he wanted to share along with the image above:
“My wife and I just moved to LA from the UK a few months ago and we took a road trip up to Big Sure along with a few friends. It was March, not quite tourist season so less crowds, but it meant it wasn’t as sunny. In preparation for the lack of bright light I loaded a roll of CineStill 800T in my camera. It’s a film that originally was made for motion picture but was repurposed for 35mm photography. It brings out those lovely tungsten colors and I was itching to see what it would do with the California scenery.
Once we turned off from the freeway we got onto this tiny windy road, taking you slowly down from the tall shelf that was the Big Sur coast and down towards the hidden beaches. We didn’t meet any other cars on the way, we didn’t see any people around. The road was just building up for what was to come. This photo was my attempt to capture not just the scene itself but also that anticipation, the build up, and – with the help of such a lovely film stock – the “drama” of the cliffs and their beach.
You can see the ever so slight halation on the rock edges, the light just dying to break through, only just managing. A hint of the sun in this otherwise cloud covered scene. The movement of the waves. I think it all really just comes alive. I’m a huge fan of film photography and this to me feels like it’s really doing the film stock justice”
Back with another beauty of a guest wallpaper for you guys, this time from Brian Kennedy aka sasquatchfuzz. He sent along a few images and this one quickly jumped out at me as such a peaceful moment, straightaway I knew I seen something special that should be shared. Heres what he had to say about the scene:
“I was born and raised in Phoenix as a third-generation native. As a kid I always loved our family vacations into the wooded wilderness that differed so much from the desert scenery I was accustomed to. Trees, greenery and water seemed so foreign, and I was drawn to them like a magnet. I have such fond memories of hikes through Sequoia National Park, Yosemite, Durango, Colo., the Hoh Rainforest, Rocky Mountain National Park and many others with my parents and sister. Fast forwarding a few years, my wife and I decided to leave the Phoenix area and headed up to the PNW where we find ourselves sharing the outdoor beauty with our two young kids. This photo of our younger son was taken on a recent hike over Memorial Day weekend in Moran State Park on Orcas Island in Washington. “
The North West is one of the few areas of the U.S. that I have not yet had the opportunity to explore and scenes like this one always make me jealous of those that live in the region. I hope you enjoy the desktop as much as I have. To find more of Brian’s work you can visit his tumblr page here.
Continuing with my Guest Desktop series I am happy to share these two beautiful images from Costa Nova, Portugal by photographer Ricardo Resende (or on instagram here). I like the understated colors that give these landscapes a chilly but somehow inviting feeling. Perfect for a contemplative wallpaper. Heres what Ricardo had to say about the above image:
“I took this photo a few months ago on a winter morning. My girlfriend and I were exploring the beaches of Costa Nova (Portugal). It was a dew morning and while walking beside the sand dunes we could only hear the sound of the sea waves. Soon we decided to climb them up and at the top we were delighted with the wonderful view we had over the beach. A deserted and peaceful beach where there was no one and the only sound you could hear was that of the waves splashing on the shore, that rough sea. It was a unique moment recorded forever in this picture.”
He then took moment to speak of the sea to describe the second photo below which I thought was a worthy reflection of its grander.
“The sea. The sea is one of my biggest fears. I’ve been afraid of it since I was a kid. At the same time it’s one of the things I appreciate the most. Every wave, every texture, every color, they’re different. It fascinates me to see how something so simple can also be so complex and beautiful at the same time.”
My life is still moving at lightning speed and leaving me struggling to find time to connect with the photographic side of my passions. In the mean time, however, I decided to reach out on twitter to find others to contribute to 50ft as guest photographers while I get my creative act back together. This week if all goes according to plan I will have a few new wallpapers brought to you by readers of the site. It’s something I have always loved doing and wanted to do more often so why not catch up and feature some others photographers work among these pages for a while? (If you have something to share then by all means, reach out.)
First up is a friend of mine, Alex MacK from up north in Canada who inadvertently kickstarted the idea of asking for guest submissions while I get settled into this next big phase in my life. He sent me a photograph that he thought would help calm my busy mind and sure enough, it managed to do just that. I always like to share a few thoughts on photos posted here and guest desktops are no different so in Alex’s own words:
“I don’t have a name for the photo. I looked out my basement window this week one morning to see something I honestly don’t know that I had ever noticed before. It was like every blade of grass had its own bead of dew resting on its back. This likely happens all of the time – but being in the basement – the grass was at eye hight, so my perspective was vastly different than a mere glance down from above. I zipped outside, and pressed my whole body down on the ground while still wearing my slippers. It can be really quite awkward to look through the view finder when it is closer to the ground than you can have your eye while still operating the camera with two hands. “
After doing my fair share of awkward poses to frame the image I was after I know exactly what he means. To find more photography by Alex be sure to follow along on his stellar instagram stream here.
Enjoy the new desktop and keep an eye out for more soon from other guest photographers! As always, thanks for stopping by.
Spring is a lot of things, it is growth, renewal of spirit, and a great excuse to get outside and remember how nice the world away from our day to day hustle can be. The shots here were taken while exploring Ocracoke Island off the NC coast last year. One of many in my archives that I never got around to sharing here for whatever reason. Low perspective, shallow depth, and an unassuming subject, my calling card. Enjoy! (more…)
Take a deep breath for me, it’s OK, go ahead. Our lives are filled with noise so it can be good to take little unexpected breaks from time to time. The weather is warming up around here so I looked back through my archives and found a few shots from the coast to share. Messing about with focus and perspective as always. The odd image out is the oddly tinted one which was shot through a pair sunglasses for a simple effect. Thats all for now, I just thought I would share something fresh for your screens while I had some time today. Enjoy!
Side note for the geeks, I’m using a new resolution for the iPhone 6 Plus. I’m probably the only one using it but I prefer it. It matches the iPhones resolution better in my testing and allows me better control over the end result as it appears on your screen. You will notice it latch back into the stay place any time you try and shift it from left to right and then activate perspective again. This unfortunately does not extend to the vertical field and there is a bit of give to where you choose to position the image vertically but its the closest I have gotten to a properly behaving image resolution on the device.
There is a common misconception that I have played into that the 6 Plus should use a square wallpaper because of its orientation changing capabilities but the way the feature is coded does not take into consideration a wider image, it simply zooms to adjust to the wider perspective making a square wallpaper pointless.
Also, standard desktop resolution from here in will be increased to match current 15 inch macbook models. Future changes here on 50ft will include iPad Pro models as well as the frequently asked for giant iMac resolutions which is tricky for me for reasons I will get into another day.