On a day drive outside of Valdez, Alaska, I came upon the little town of Chitina. At this point, the road went from asphalt to gravel and, being in a rental, I didn't want to invite a windshield damage repair bill. So I wandered around a bit and found this dilapidated old saloon building. It was an overcast day and the image came out a bit bland. On the pc I played around with the colors, bumping up the color of the fireweed, and toning down just about everything else.
In the Summer of 1994, just before I was to head to Valdez, Alaska, for a job assignment, my wife and I took a few days off and headed up to California's Central Coast. This picture was shot one lazy morning as we sat in the quiet solitude of Sweet Springs Nature Preserve, in Los Osos.
While cruising the backroads of San Luis Obispo County one Spring I would stop, every so often, to get a few photos of the wildflowers in bloom. At one location a local stopped and asked if I'd like to see the flowers at the ranch where she was living. We followed her a few miles and then spent an hour or so wandering among the fields of lupine they had sowed.
The story behind this shot has not so much to do with when and where it was shot, but with what happened afterwards. I was preparing a "coffee table" book for use at home and wanted to use this image. However, the aspect ratio of the template I was using did not match my original photo. I compensated by turning a 5 x 3 pane window into a 4 x 3 pane window (see the original in the image above this one). Does this digital alteration cross the line from enhancement to that of potential fraud?