One A Day – 939

The News Was Read and Blue

An Ordinary Winter Day in a 500 Year Old City

Which do you like better? Tile for me.

This is what the camera can see that you do not.


Don’t ask me what I see. It is here for you.

  • Photowalk
  • Centro, Morelia, Michoacán, México
  • February 2, 2017
  • Copyright, all rights reserved

Another from the detail series. To be honest, I didn’t realize how much this series was about details until I was looking at them in post-processing. That is how it works sometimes – a photowalk is a reflection of your mood, your feelings at the time. Sometimes you see broad strokes, big picture images. Sometimes you see lots of little things that are yelling at you, “We’re here! Right in front of your nose.”

A couple of notes on these:

  • The black and white (actually duotone blue and yellow) wasn’t my first choice for the street scene in “An Ordinary Winter Day in a 500 Year Old City.” I wanted it to be color, but the angle of the sun was wrong and the sky just wouldn’t go where I wanted it to. The left side of the street was too strongly lit and the contrast between the bright side and the shadow was giving me very blue shadows and very odd colors in the left wall. That is the thing about black and white digital as a post-processing choice – you can do things with color rendition that you can’t in color.
  • The door shot, “This is what the camera can see that you do not.” is posterized, although you may not be able to tell. If you looked at this door on the street you would think it was very nice. No big faults. In reality, as posterization shows, it is getting damaged from being wet and dry through the year and the edges of the varnish have broken down – leaving the water to do its best to mess it up. The process of posterization brings this out by using strong contrast and isolating color changes. The problems are there, but you need help to see them.
  • “Intersections” is another instance of the spot where two houses come together and their paint jobs intersect. It can be very abstract and interesting sometimes.
  • The last one? It speaks for itself. You see what I show you. Interpretation is subject to your point of view.

One more from this series tomorrow. I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have enjoyed working on it. Did it make you see things in a different way?