The neighbors are having their roof replaced, and I have a good view of the activity from my upstairs, so I thought I would make a few images and share them.
Early this morning, the workmen lifted all the old tiles and arranged them into piles of four or five all over the roof. By the time I walked Megan to school, they were in the process of carrying tile piles over to the roof’s edge, and tossing them into the truck below, where they landed with a loud, shattering crash. I wanted to capture something of the movement and mass of the tiles (those suckers are heavy), which was apparent in the effort the men needed to hurl them over the side, and in the sound they made when they landed.
I shot through an upstairs window using my longest lens, a 300mm on a DX sensor, so the effective 35mm focal length is 450mm (i.e., it’s like I had a 450mm lens on 35mm film). And this is all handheld and through a window. So they are not the crispest photos ever made. Still, I was pleased with the composition I achieved on a few of them, particularly given the limited options I had for vantage point.
With the trees making the background cluttered, and the morning sky very bright, I found that converting to black and white with a red filter made the subjects stand out a bit by both darkening the sky and brightening the leaves. Gave the images a little more punch.