Another slight departure from my regular colorful posts and part of a black and white collection I’ll continue to add to over time. It may come as a surprise but I really do love black and white, which allows us to break an image down to its most basic elements and truly draw attention to the artistic composition or minimalist presentation. Sometimes color can actually be a distraction to the image you want to create or the focus you want to portray. In this case, I was actually split and though I have a color version, I decided to release the shot in black and white as I felt it really allowed the contrast and reflection to shine through. As many of my close friends and clients know, I actually like to shoot anything and everything, from rock bands to astronauts... or in this case.. semi trucks. OK, so I’ve never really shot an astronaut but I’ve definitely thought about it and it’s super high on my bucket list of things to shoot in my lifetime :-) Over time I plan to add a bit more variety to my stream and showcase some of my other work.
As for this shot, it was taken after a rather elongated rainy spell (not hard to imagine in Seattle). I decided to take a stroll through the SODO industrial area and actually had an idea to shoot some train tracks that I routinely pass by when I came across this huge mud puddle. At first, I passed right by this rather brown and dirty sight, but after my train shot, I decided to come back and take another look. As I walked around, I saw that there might be a pretty good reflection if I got low enough to the ground. The only bad part was that because the puddle was so big, I was actually sticking out in the street a bit. Just as I was about done with my 9 exposure bracketed set, a semi driver drove by while honking his big horn, literally almost causing me to jump in the puddle I had just shot. Even better is that when he drove by, he hit another puddle right next to me and the splash soaked the back of my jeans... Doh! Luckily I had just picked up my gear and was facing the other way so no worries there... Phew... Perhaps he was trying to warn me, but I think he knew he would scare the crap out of me. You win this round Mr. Truck Driver (shakes fist at sky) :-)