Wes Odell  


Pandemic  A  day with no people by Wes Odell

February 2021 - Pandemic A day with no people

About the Image(s)

Pandemic: This is a five exposure composite taken from the same spot on the Georgetown (Texas) Courthouse Square looking along "the Main Drag" ..... Austin Avenue. Since these are all vintage buildings dating to the late 1800s early 1900s I gave them an Antique Wet Plate or Vintage treatment in NIK SilverEfex. Obviously, I used a tripod. Not "staged." This is how it looked. Like it or not, it cannot be replicated in real life ... (I use an old Canon Rebel XSi and on this shot I had a Canon 70-200 at 70 mm, f:4 at 1/100, f/6.3 and ISO 200.) I use Photoshop Elements a few releases old on an iMac27.)


20 comments posted




Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Glad to have you back in PSA and the group. Yes, the image looks like an old photo taken more than a century ago. Even the street has texture like it is a gravel road. Very well done.   Posted: 02/07/2021 09:23:43
Wes Odell   Wes Odell
BACK TO PSA........ Yep, a long time. Some things look familiar, some new and different. Local activities have gotten to be too contentous and stifling, so I thought it best to renew my PSA activities. So far, so good. Thanks. We miss Carol, as I'm certain you do also. A wonderful person. wes   Posted: 02/07/2021 09:38:24



Russ Butler   Russ Butler
I think you have created a striking image with a Circa 1900 look & feeling. It is very fitting for Covid & related issues of today. I like the composition & the border adds to the vintage. Is a nice capture.   Posted: 02/07/2021 17:35:29
Wes Odell   Wes Odell
Thanks, Russ. Nice to meet you.
w   Posted: 02/07/2021 18:21:00
Russ Butler   Russ Butler
It nice to meet you also. I am a newbie to PSA joining this group Sep 2020. FYI, I am from Utah & raised in Gunnison. Main Street there is about 2 blocks long & looks a lot like your image.   Posted: 02/07/2021 21:34:30
Wes Odell   Wes Odell
Well, well, well. We moved to Sun City Texas in 2004 from Sandy where we'd been for ten years. Were there also for U of U 1952-60 and in Ogden and Bntfl from 62-68 with IBM. Born there but raised in Calif. Wife Marge born, raised and at U of U, also from Ut. I've been through Gunnison, Utah, so many times on the way to an elk hunt or a photo shoot in So Utah, I can't count. My g grandfather and cousins and families settled Richmond, and my Grandfather was Richmond's first Doctor. Odell Photography was started by my other Utah Grandfather and his half brother in 1892 in Logan where he was their first portrait ph'er. Another G Grandfather drove the family's covered wagon down Emigration Canyon in the second wagon in line in Sept 1847, The BIG Wagon Train is what I think it was called. Do you still live in Utah?   Posted: 02/07/2021 21:55:59
Russ Butler   Russ Butler
Very interesting, I also went to the UofU in the 1960's, Worked at Continental Bank & then moved to Boise, Idaho. I look forward to seeing your images.
Hope your week will be a good one...
  Posted: 02/07/2021 22:15:44
Wes Odell   Wes Odell
Did you know Don Hoffman at Continental?
I was the IBM rep for CB&T   Posted: 02/08/2021 07:03:55
Russ Butler   Russ Butler
So you must have been involved when Continental started its IBM check processing/accounting systems?   Posted: 02/08/2021 16:16:39
Wes Odell   Wes Odell
Guilty, as charged......   Posted: 02/10/2021 21:07:54
Wes Odell   Wes Odell
Or George Diener? I think he moved to Boise also.   Posted: 02/08/2021 08:49:49
Russ Butler   Russ Butler
Oh my what a small world, I knew Don Hoffman well. He helped me enlist is a Army Reserve Unit he was in. After Continental Bank
he moved to Moab. And George Diener, he was my mentor/boss at Continental & encouraged me to follow him when he moved to Boise. Was some good days... Hope yours is a good one.   Posted: 02/08/2021 15:11:34
Wes Odell   Wes Odell
I helped survey the property lines on the unit Don bought in the mtns behind Moab and helped get his water source, a spring, going. George organized a Guy's Albacore Tuna fishing trip out of San Diego, an overnighter, one year. Lots of nice memories from those days. I left SLC in 1968 for Salem Oregon, with my background in banking automation (great) for a management job in a State and Local Gov't (awful) Branch Office. Two years later I was in the hardware and mainly software bunch when it was legitimized by IBM's "unbundling," and that's where it got exciting.
As they say: "You can run, but you can't hide." Small world   Posted: 02/08/2021 16:30:01
Wes Odell   Wes Odell
I helped survey the property lines on the unit Don bought in the mtns behind Moab and helped get his water source, a spring, going. George organized a Guy's Albacore Tuna fishing trip out of San Diego, an overnighter, one year. Lots of nice memories from those days. I left SLC in 1968 for Salem Oregon, with my background in banking automation (great) for a management job in a State and Local Gov't (awful) Branch Office. Two years later I was in the hardware and mainly software bunch when it was legitimized by IBM's "unbundling," and that's where it got exciting.
As they say: "You can run, but you can't hide." Small world   Posted: 02/08/2021 16:31:06



Diana Magor   Diana Magor
So how many people were there in the images ? Did they just move too fast to register? Did you leave time between the shots? I'd like to do this with our main street to make it look empty but I suspect there are too many people around. At the moment there aren't many shoppers but there are still cars everywhere as no-one wants to use the buses unless they have to, so they are becoming American and driving all the time!   Posted: 02/08/2021 12:26:08
Wes Odell   Wes Odell
No people.
A few cars.
Time between shots was "not hurried," just re-composed so I could do the compositing.

People are brave, or foolhardy, now and they're "ouut and aaboot." And, we're getting our vaccinations.   Posted: 02/08/2021 12:47:06



Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Helllloooo Wes! Great to have you back.

Nice shot, looks great, and fun to see you in conversation with Russ.

General remark about blurring out people. Our colleague in other groups, Larry Treadwell, always recommends using a neutral density filter, or batch of filters, to cut down the light, enabling one to shoot at a very slow shutter speed so walking people blur and disappear from the scene.   Posted: 02/10/2021 16:08:52
Wes Odell   Wes Odell
Yes, on the long shutter to preclude motion. By coincidence, Author Tim Grey has a column on that same topic this week. I've never tried it. This time, there really weren't any people, so it was easy to just concentrate to get five that could be composited.

Very nice to be able to re-new old friendships and professional contacts. Thanks.   Posted: 02/12/2021 16:16:30



Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
This image reminds me of Red Bank NJ - on the other side of the country but had the same look when I was small. Now of course it went "urban chic" which to me stole the feeling of hometown USA. Good choice on using Antique Wet Plate. You've captured the feeling of nostalgia nicely. Good touch having the fire hydrant in the lower right.

Welcome back!   Posted: 02/14/2021 11:04:25
Wes Odell   Wes Odell
thanks. Feels nice to be back in #32   Posted: 02/14/2021 11:27:27



 

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