Wednesday October 19, 2016
I awoke to cloudy skies and a longing to go photographing. It is the rainy season here in Nicaragua. It has rained every afternoon. I now live in Matagalpa, Nicaragua surrounded by mountains I spent the morning cleaning house and shopping for groceries. I continually observed the sky for signs of rain. The clouds were a light grey. I looked to the North. The mountains were covered with mist. Now this was promising. A chance to capture some moody scenes. I downed a quick lunch. Loaded my camera gear into my day pack. Then out the door I went.
I hailed a passing taxi. Next stop was the bus station. I exited the taxi after paying my fare. There was a bus loading passengers to San Ramon. I climbed aboard heading to the San Ramon turnoff. As I exited the bus at the turnoff, the sky was becoming darker. I quickly walked down a side road to set up my tripod and camera. There were some interesting compositions as you can see above. I placed part of a small knoll along with a portion of a tree branch in the foreground. I found the tree branch interesting due to its angle, but the lighting on the leaves was the highlight. By doing this I achieved a greater depth to the photo. The camera settings for the photo was 0.5 secs, f22. Drops of rain appeared as I was photographing.
The rain picked up a bit as I walked a fence line. I was able to capture a few more shots. The rain was coming down harder by now. I packed up and headed to some buildings at the turnoff. I waited and waited but there was no let up with the rain. I waited about forty five minutes. The day was getting darker. This meant lower shutter speeds. There was a bit of wind. Time to go home and make supper.
Well that is it for now. Until next time happy trails
As I traveled the Jinotega highway, the mountain views and valleys are incredible. The immense depth of the scenes are incredible. There is cloud cover every day. This allows for beautiful lighting. The biggest issue I have to deal with here is rain and strong winds. Therefore a high shutter speed is a necessity. As always it is a waiting game for the right conditions to happen. Today, tomorrow, who knows. To arrive at these sites I ride the local buses. When a site appears I jump off the bus. I do my work, then wait for the next bus appear and move on.
Well that is this it for this week. So happy trails from Nicaragua.
Thursday morning of our three day French River trip to The Elbow was a little calmer. The waters were quiet in pockets. At the edge of the beach at our campsite was a piece of machinery sunk in the water. Don and I could see the remains of a boiler. There was a drum with gears at each end. Probably for holding cable. Where we were camped was were the loggers released the logs from the booms. The logs were then sent through the Dalles Rapids to continue the journey to the river’s mouth.
So I set up the scene with the rusted out equipment in the foreground. The green of the trees and their reflection created a frame of sorts. The reflecting rocks added contrast and depth to the composition. I had to quickly set up for a shot as the wind came back within minutes.
Thursday night after we had crawled into our sleeping bags, Don and I were treated to a display of lighting and thunder. It rained quite heavy. When the next morning arrived everything was very wet. The trees were dripping and the wind was picking up. We had breakfast and were soon loading the canoe for our journey home. As we launched the canoe the skies were getting darker. After a half mile of paddling the heavens opened and it did not take long before we were soaked. There was some lightning and thunder in the distance, but it was soon heard no more. We were going with the wind this time, so that was a bonus. We made it back to Hartly Marina in good time. Just a bit stiff and wet.
The gear and canoe were loaded into my Ford Explorer well it was raining. I paid our bill before heading to The French Trading Post for some hot soup and coffee. We had a great trip. I am looking forward to doing some more exploring on the French.
A friend of mine Ray Thoms has published an interesting book called SUDBURY -A Retrospective View, comprises of a series of images that show the evolution of our City over the years. More info can be obtained on Ray’s site here.
I will be in Killarney this coming weekend at the Killarney Art Show.
More info can be obtained here.
Well that is it for this week. Thank you for stopping by and visiting. Thank you for the comments.
Until next time Happy Trails