It’s certainly been a while. Here are some photos ranging from mid April to just this week.
I got this photo of the Cog Railway at Mt. Washington last week. I tried to make a fake mini out of it. The more I come back to it, the better I think I did.
The Cog is a unique means to get to the summit. I can say that before one day last summer, I never had climbed a mountain inside what was essentially a toy train. I still prefer driving. The Cog was interesting, but kinda slow. Meanwhile, there’s the challenge of the Auto Road. It can be unnerving. You drive between huge drop offs, often with no guardrail to keep you from rolling down all the way back down to Route 16.
But best part about driving up? Rolling up your window. Mt. Washington can be 80 degrees and muggy at the base, and mid-November at the top. The Cog Railway trains are basically open to the elements. Poking your way up into the cloud deck reminds you that clouds form for a reason: wet, cold, hurtling air.
My quixotic quest to turn all of Coös County into a diorama has mostly failed. It’s had an accidental success or two, but the fake miniature effect only works when I tell someone holding a photo that fake mini is what I was going for.
Other than that, it’s been a string of failures—images that look okay on the screen, but crap out as a print, and about a hundred more that just didn’t work at all.
This swamp works great. I did everything right. I shot it from high up. I controlled the exposure level both at the camera and in processing. Beyond that, though, I just got lucky.
Right? Do you see it? Fake miniature swamp? Yeah, I know, no one would ever build a miniature swamp. But…
tilt shift fake miniature photography, this one of the nearby town city (sorry, Berlin) of Berlin. I’d hoped to do an entire series of these for the April part of my “show” at White Mountain Cafe. It won’t happen, because I just can’t get enough of these to work. I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t look as good on paper as it does here on the screen. Also, I miss “real” photography and I have enough learning ahead of me without a gimmick distracting me.
So with that project D.O.A., here are a couple of the photos that did kinda work, which made the life size buildings sorta look like they’re miniature.
Closer to home with our local baseball diamond:
Here’s another shot from the same park:
I like this one from a pull-out on Highway 16 south of town that I shot in October:
The entrance to the Mount Washington Auto Road further down the highway:
The Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, site of a famous conference in the 1940s that gave us the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and a couple dozen stupid conspiracy theories:
I’ll close with my best, using a photo that I took in 2011 back in Portland. This is from the Tram that crosses Interstate 5 and climbs the hill to Oregon Health Sciences University:
I might get back to this fake mini stuff later. Until then, a return to “real” photography. I don’t think I’ve had a decent shot worth framing since Christmas.
I’ve been playing around with
tilt-shift photography fake miniaturization. (Edit: Turns out tilting and shifting are different things, and produce more wonderfully subtle effects than my lousy skills and laptop can do.) Still working on this technique. The results have been fun, but they’re not perfect.