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Photo a Day Challenge: Day 14

Photo a Day Challenge: Day 14 - Joshua Tree in Fog on Ilford Delta 100 filmJoshua Tree in Fog - Joshua Tree National Park, CA
Monday, August 26, 2013
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For Day 14 of my Photo a Day Challenge I decided it was time to venture a little further than my local neighborhood. I'd spent the previous several days taking pictures indoors, but a rare summer storm was rolling in to Southern California and I thought a little trip out to the desert would be a good way to make my photo for the day.

I actually wrote a full recap of this trip to Joshua Tree National Park and even posted an on-location video previously. You can check that out here. With that previous blog post in mind, I won't go into too much more explanation in this write-up, but I will give a little backstory on how I executed these photos. And by the way, this was one of the only days where I broke my rule to not take more than 4 pictures a day. This subject was too damn interesting and the drive was too damn long to only take 4 pictures. I ended up shooting a total of 22 pictures. Also, this was the only day I broke my rule to only use black and white film. In addition to my 3 rolls of Ilford Delta 100, I fired off 1 roll of Fuji Velvia 50 (you can see the resulting color photo here).

Photo a Day Challenge: Day 14 - Joshua Tree in Fog on Ilford Delta 100 filmJoshua Tree in Fog - Joshua Tree National Park, CA
Monday, August 26, 2013
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I chose these 2 black and white shots to represent my Photo a Day Challenge because these, I think, are two of my favorite from the trip. But I'm also very pleased with the rest of them. For both shots you see here, I used a 3-stop solid neutral density filter and a yellow #15 filter. The solid ND held back enough light for me to use a wide open aperture so as to blur the background and the yellow filter added a bit of contrast to the scene. I didn't record the exposure settings on these shots, but I do remember that they were done handheld with wide apertures.

Read the backstory on this Photo A Day Challenge here. See previous days here.