Yesterday was a John Deere combine. Today is a John Deere trackhoe. See a theme here?
It has been raining all week and I have been busy with work so little time to get out and grab some 4×5 pictures. So I grabbed my camera and drove around Edmond looking for something to photograph. I am always drawn to heavy equipment that blue collar workers operate, so I saw this trackhoe parked in a nearby subdivision and pulled in to grab a snapshot.
Today was my first time using a red filter with my black and white photography. I had heard about how filters can darken the sky in a black and white photo, so did a bit of Google research and discovered red and orange are the trick to pulling detail out of a blue sky. I attached a Coken filter holder to the front of my Nikon 210 mm F5.6 lens mounted in my Toyo VX-125, and slid a red Cokin filter into place. I guessed that it increased exposure by about 2 stops so adjusted my settings to compensate. From this picture it looks closer to 3 stops.
So here you go – a John Deere trackhoe with a dark sky enhanced by a photo filter – on the camera of course, not in the computer.