The 2011 season is over for the Minnesota Twins, with just under one hundred losses.
Asked to sum up the season in one word, manager Ron Gardenhire said, “That’s hard to put into one word, but I guess the first word that came to mind, which is probably the right one, is nightmare.” (via Fox Sports)
On a summer trip to my homeland, my family and I were able to go to Target Field and witness one of the team’s 99 losses this year, 2-6 to the Detroit Tigers. The stadium itself, only in its second year of use, did not disappoint. Our seats were in the upper deck behind the third base, giving a perfect view of the Minneapolis skyline as the sun sank behind us and reflected off the glass towers. I spent much of my time taking pictures during breaks from keeping score. As the game progressed, long shadows projected from the upper deck onto the field gave way to an orange sunset glow and then to the illumination of floodlights against the black sky.
I’m really falling in love with black-and-white photography.
For one thing, it focuses my attention on form and tone so much that I see things that I’d otherwise miss if I took the photo in color.
Secondly, it changes the mood dramatically. These roses were a happy, vibrant shade of pink. The mood in these photos is far from happy and vibrant. It’s enigmatic and quite different from how I usually see flowers.
Vibrant can be great too, though. Here’s a photo showing their original color. (I was experimenting with a zoom effect here. Still practicing/evaluating said effect.)
Well, that was a nice long break.
During the past few weeks that I haven’t been posting, I’ve taken a photography composition class, photographed a lot, and moved apartments (and didn’t have internet for a while, hence the lack of updates).
Now I’m back, with photography and art plans. I love fall and winter so I’m looking forward to some great opportunities to take photos outdoors. This week, I’ll post some photos that I took and liked in the past couple of months but which have been languishing in my digital files.
It’s good to be back.
I know this site has been quiet and dull for more than a month now. That’s partly because things have been much the opposite for me recently. Since the last time I posted a photo, I’ve traveled to four states, mingled at two family reunions, moved apartments and started a new photography class. I’ve been taking pictures the whole time, of course, and will post them soon — as soon as I can get Internet access faster than this slow coffee-shop wifi.
One of the beautiful things about photography is the way it freezes a moment in time. Dear Photograph, a nostalgic and arresting new site, captures this through submitted photos in which people photograph themselves holding a photo in the spot where it was originally taken. It’s like a small attempt at answering the question I often ask upon visiting new sites — what has this place seen?
I’ve definitely got to try this soon.