Sunday, December 29, 2013

Little school on the prairie

I was heading toward Devils Tower in eastern Wyoming when I chanced upon this beauty of a one room school house in the middle of the plains. The little edifice was all prairie geometry and plaster with a flag pole that pierced the forever sky.  At the moment that I set up to take the shot something went kaflooey, that's the technical term, with my go to lens, the inimitable 28-135.  The whirring death throes of its little motor caused unruly flare, foreground blur and a general softness that were downright aesthetic, one of the many happy accidents in a long photographic life.  

5 comments:

Jim Rogers Photography said...

Sorry for your loss (the beloved 18-135MM lens), but what a wonderful composition your now departed friend left as a legacy to your photographic talents.
Love the photo of the one-room institution of basic learning.

Steve Immel said...

Thanks Jim. Fortunately Canon fixed the little gem and it had been 100% ever since. I think that was 2010. I must have had that lens for over 20 years.

Daryl A. Black said...

Your description has such a flourish here. "The whirling death throes of its little motor" is a thing of beauty, even though it caused "unruly flare". The image is a stunning accident. Would that all photographers experience that.

Steve Immel said...

You were too kind to mention that I used that images less than a year ago, marking the first time in seven years that I've knowingly done so. Thanks for ignoring it. Happy New Year.

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