Wide open spaces of the West in black and white

On March 27th, I went to the Rush Ranch in Fairfield, California, to look for material for my series of posts about places for photography near the greater Sacramento area. It was a cold, windy Sunday morning and I must confess that I pitied myself, because I really wanted to stay in bed. But I had a blog post to write and waiting for another cloudy day was not an option: those days are few and far in-between, and there is rarely any between April and October.

Off I went, asking myself, why do I have a blog to begin with, and what difference does it make if I don’t write a post about Rush Ranch? Probably none.

At the ranch, I walked a few miles on cow trails, in the pasture, among cattle, looking for compositions. It is difficult to add a tri-dimensional feel to the open spaces of the West. Many were the gates, barbwire fences, ground squirrels and crows. Few were the hills. The light was variable and spotty, and I tried to juggle all those elements, minus the squirrels and crows, in my frame.  

The lead photo is an open invitation through the pasture, winding along the nearly dry marsh, into the ­mountains and towards the light, at f/13, 1/160s and ISO 400. In post-processing, I added some grain.

I rarely post photos of the land in black and white. Notable exceptions are: a portrait of Maria Comprida, and a view from Morro do Bonet, from the Brazilian coastal range; and a landscape near Mono Lake, with a wild horse as the focal point

All things considered, I am relatively satisfied with the photos I took that day, for my upcoming post “Photography at the Rush Ranch in Fairfield (California, USA). “ Stay tunedl!

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Published by Alessandra Chaves

Photographer with a preference for nature photography in black and white and other abstractions.

17 thoughts on “Wide open spaces of the West in black and white

  1. I see a light in the distance just to the right. A nice natural phenomenon that really attracts me to this inspiring photo. Beautiful !

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  2. Nicely composed image! The gate leads you in from left to right and then the darker area of the curving valley leads you further. There is a sort of light there as well, but I am not sure what that is. Intriguing though!

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  3. We probably all ask ourselves from time to time why we persevere with our blogs. After all, it’s not like an actual job with tasks that we’re responsible for carrying out at a certain time. Nevertheless, we often act as if we have that kind of responsibility to put out posts. In addition, for those of us who create images, some of those images seem to take on a life of their own and want to go out into the broader world to be seen. Or maybe that’s just personifying the situation.

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    1. That’s exactly the problem. I have a posting schedule and a planner and act as if it was a job to write the posts, even though I don’t get a penny for any of it. But hey, it beats a job UCLA announced a while ago: they were looking for a PhD with teaching experience to teach for no compensation as an adjunct professor. At least, I’m my own boss here. 😂

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