Museum Wall

I am totally out of energy now for showing you lots of images – I have purchased new image processing software and have bent my mind into all kinds of weird shapes trying to get it to work, which leaves me with little energy for putting together a post.

So, all you get is one image today, in black and white and colour – and not one I processed with the new software, just my old free standby, Picasa.

The walls are part of the Haida Heritage Centre, which includes a museum. I can’t explain why I like this view so much, and especially the black and white, but I like it more than any other I took when we visited a couple of weeks ago, even though they have all kinds of interesting Haida art in them.

These are parts of two components of this group of joined buildings, which are in the style of Haida post and beam houses, forming the appearance of a modernised but traditional village. This is located on top of an old village called Kaay Llnagaay (“Sea Lion Town”). More on this facility in future posts.


This is one of a series of eight posts about the Haida Heritage Centre, the others can be found through this link.

Canon 5Dii, Nikkor-N (pre-AI) 24mm f2.8 lens, ISO 640, 1/800th, aperture not recorded.


13 thoughts on “Museum Wall

  1. Pingback: Museum Edits « burnt embers

  2. The photograph shows a simple nice strong composition. Actually I think I prefer the color version. Partly because of the way grey cedar often shows its blueish cast so strongly in photographs. And I am with you that at times our blogs and the accompanying photography takes more time than is available. However you have a great blog to show for it.


    • Thank you so much Joseph – it pleases me that my blog is of interest to people, and especially to those for which the subject matter is local and thus not giving added value through being exotic. If you know what I mean.

      What I like about the colour version is the green triangle, which is much more muted in black and white, and also the hints of brown in the wall beyond the overhanging beam which help a lot to draw (my) eye into that corner. But, overall, I prefer the black and white for being even more about texture than the colour version, and for being simple. I don’t often get a simple result like this – and every time I do, I like it. I wish I could remember to look for it when behind the eye-piece…


      • What green triangle?.. Oh, of course the grass. That took me a few seconds. Actually that green spot definitely helps the color photo and the brown in the wall is beautiful and repeats itself on the stone walkway. When looking all over again now, the second image, to me more visually stimulating, with its different textures and the clean lines that shore up the composition, still is the beautiful favourite. By my own rule of thumb it should probably be the b/w instead, but personal likes are forever tweaking the rules I like to live by (hope I ain’t rambling).


      • I think that is a very healthy way to live – rules (good ones anyway) getting tweaks for personal likes. (Tweaks would be the wrong word for lousy rules that some people like to live by).
        I agree about the walkway colour too. I could be convinced that the colour is a better image but right now, I like the way the mono version simplifies things a bit.


  3. I’m still on Picasa and probably will stay there. My other hobbies are screaming for my attention – like the 1000 photos needed to be put in scrapbooks from last yer for example. I love seeing how photos are changed and enhanced and made into new pieces of art. I like both shots here!


    • Hi Paula. I find that Picasa is good for many things, and I am sure I will continue to use when I need quick simple fixes to things. But I think I owe it to my pictures to at least try something more complicated – I think/hope it might help me to take better pictures. But, like you, I have only so much time and the blog takes a lot of it, apart from making the pictures.


  4. Beautiful lines and texture here and I think the black and white brings them out better than the color. If your new software is Lightroom, I predict that your initial frustration will be over shadowed by your enthusiasm once you get to the point of understanding it (as with any software). For control freaks, it’s amazing.


    • Hi Ken. Thanks for you comment – this style of building is just crammed with great lines and textures. If only the boards were hand-adzed like in the old days (which is asking for entirely too much).
      The new software is Lightroom. I am not a control freak (at least not in this department) or I would have moved to something like this a year ago right after I got the camera (its been almost exactly a year to the day, can’t believe it), or before. I am liking various features of it already. I also got Photomatix because some of the documentary kinds of photography that I do might be improved with the application of a (restrained) HDR approach. I want to try anyway, and see how it comes out.


  5. That is a neat intersection of building lines that I think work better in black and white. I sympathise with your dilemma. I have Lightroom waiting to load and yet at present I can’t really spare the time that loading it and getting to grips with it will entail. I need 36 hrs in every day!


    • Hi Andy – thanks for the comment. Not only have I been playing with Lightroom and a bit with Photomatix, but also trying to take some 3D images for an archaeology project in order to render their site into a 3D model and rotating video – simple software, but no where near well enough understood by me. And I think a bit buggy (which may just be a corollary to the previous statement). Now *that* is a time sucker, and I have had to give up for a while or my life would become a ruin.


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