My love for the Ihagee plate camera continues...I have been shooting in and around Sebastopol and Petaluma for the last few weeks. It is interesting to me how a camera in your hands can alter your perception of the environment. I have walked through or driven past almost all of the areas seen in these images many times, and never thought much about photographing there. With this particular camera, I'm looking more for tonal values and contrast that I am detail and perfect light, and with those conditions in mind, these locations stood out. More images from this series are below.
The other element involved in creating these images is compositing. I have been compositing images for many years, but am still very much a novice when it comes to the digital end of the process. In the old days of a wet darkroom, I would make prints, cut out the parts of the images I wanted to use, glue it all together, and photograph that image through a magnifying glass to hide the imperfections. On the digital end, there is a little more to it than what a pair of scissors and a glue stick can offer. Fortunately, there is Photoshop and its many different ways to achieve a certain result. In this case, my discovery of the blending modes helped a lot, and works much better than my old method of hand creating masks.
This series is a result of testing for both shooting through the viewfinder of a plate camera, and digital compositing techniques, but thought they were worth sharing. Inspiration can be a rare commodity at times, but when you find it, there is no telling where it will take you. And most often, not at all where you expected.