Winter Jinx

April 04, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Orchard Park Lanes in WinterOrchard Park Lanes in WinterNikon FE, Ilford Delta 100 I am not going to lie to you, this is not the post I was preparing for today. Neither was I in a winter mood any more, neither would I guess you were interested in looking in any more white photos. But since Mother Nature felt otherwise, I am going with the flow and throwing couple more white ones your way. And no, they are not fresh from today, they're from a snowy event earlier in the season but it did not look much different this morning.

It's a perfect jinx too, if you look at my previous post (Spring, Break, Bridges) where I felt the need to declare "I finally had to acknowledge that winter was not here any more" it explains a lot, doesn't it?

I had been looking for a signature photo of the Four Corners area of the village of Orchard Park for a long, long time. And then one day this past January I just came up on it. The snow was coming down hard and there was a bit of wind blowing the fluff around. I only took my film-based Nikon FE with me to keep things simple and enjoyed my walk through the village quite a bit.

The simplicity of the shooting workflow was freeing. I took one meter reading, added about a stop of exposure to account for the whiteness of the world, set that on the camera in manual mode, and then just walked searching for scenes I liked. Wind, focus, shoot, repeat.

This view seemed just about perfect and I was glad to see the photo afterwards as I believe it captured the mood of the moment. Did it? Feel free to leave a comment on this post if you agree or feel otherwise.

It took me so many years to find and take this photo and now there is a special dose of nostalgia embedded in it. After a long time in business (since the 1940s) the lanes closed down in 2015. Who knows, maybe the pole and the sign will stay, maybe they won't but I am glad they're to stay on this frame of film.

Orchard Park, NY Train Depot in WinterOrchard Park Train Depot in WinterNikon FE, Ilford Delta 100 Moving a bit south from Four Corners, the second photo is from a favorite location of mine. I like visiting the Orchard Park Train Depot in varying conditions to get different looks and moods. This day was no exception. Winter certainly provided the mood and I tried to catch it.

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