Heartland- DONE!

It started a year ago on a road trip to Kansas to visit Lonnie’s father.  I became obsessed with the seemingly endless flat horizons of Kansas, broken only by the occasional barn or silo.  There is a beauty in this stark landscape with the wheat fields, the barb wire fences, and the oddly industrial look of modern farms.  I took photo after photo with my iPhone (usually through the window as we drove along), and I had fun editing them right there in the car.  May’s road trip was melancholy, however, as we drove across the plains knowing that Lonnie’s dad had just died.  This time I took photos with my Nikon often with the lensbaby attached- mostly from the car at 70mph.  I was still obsessed with the landscape, but I also wondered each time I clicked the shutter when we would be driving these roads again.

In my AAUW photography group, we are asked to commit to a long term project of some sort.  After our trip a year ago, I decided to create a Heartland series for the assignment.

When I traveled to Yellowstone last month, I took these photos with me on a little external drive to work on; I was planning to make a photo book to take to my photography group.  I worked on it during a couple evenings after the kids were in bed, but I could never get the book to save- it would always say it was still uploading!  I didn’t have the time or energy for a frustrating computer project, so I decided to abandon it until I came home.  Once home, I sat down to work on the project again, only to discover that, no matter what I did, Lightroom would not recognize the photos.  I know all about moving photos from within Lightroom and have never had an issue with it until NOW.  I could see the photos on my drive and could open them from Photoshop, but they were invisible to Lightroom. There were several attempts over  period of days- but then I abandoned the project once more.  I sat down one last time to try again yesterday- and there they were! Right there in the Lightroom catalog- not grayed out- not missing, just THERE!  I may or may not print them.  I’m a bit sick of them right now- so much for the obsession!

So I decided that they will at least appear on the blog as a slideshow before they disappear again.  Many of these photos have already appeared on this blog- but here they are again- all together!

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Editing notes: to bring some cohesiveness to the project I re-edited all the images and added textures (usually scratchy ones).

 

2 responses

  1. Melinda, this is beautiful. The images you selected really tell the story of the Heartland and show the vast flat expanse as well as the incredible fertility of the place. Good job. What a great project to develop. Award winning!

    October 9, 2015 at 8:35 am

  2. I had a day like that yesterday, still unresolved. I get so tired of the ever changing CC and LR, it seems each time a particular software doesn’t work right anymore. It takes too many of my grey cells, as Hercule Poirot would say. Very nicely done Melinda of your summer travels.

    October 10, 2015 at 4:52 am

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