Brian's Photo Blog — Article 354
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Ingress Sunrise Garden Photo Op
Friday 18 July 2014   —   Category: Shooting
Earlier this week, the Ingress craze finally came to iOS devices. Seeing that I am into science fiction as well as trying out the latest technology, I thought I would take it for a test run. So I downloaded the free iOS app and fired it up.

I was surprised and delighted to find an unclaimed portal only 680 meters from my house. After capturing it, I was interested in finding other nearby portals.

The next day, in the dawn before sunrise, that search led me south to Albany’s Teloh Calapooia park where there were two already-claimed portals. Pressing on to Linn-Benton Community College, I entered the campus from it’s relatively-undeveloped northwest corner. The first portal I found was at their horticulture garden.

While I was exploring the garden and trying to pinpoint the exact location of the portal, the red-tinted light of the just-rising sun started to illuminate the various garden plants. The gorgeous light and colors caused Ingress to pale in comparison, so I tucked away my iPad Mini and grabbed my pocket camera instead. Now the REAL fun was about to begin!

Last month, in You Don’t Take a Photograph, You Make It, I talked about my artistic approach to photography. Like the master photographer Ansel Adams, I see in my mind’s eye something that is not literally there in the true meaning of the word. And like him, I’m interested in something which is built up from within (myself), rather than just extracted from without. Therefore, I have no problem applying extensive adjustments to a photo in Adobe Lightroom in order to make the photo conform to my inner artistic vision.

But in the case of these photos, they didn’t require any adjustments at all! The colors you see here are what was really there before me in the garden, and are what came straight out of the camera! It’s hard to believe, but it’s true! That’s the special magic of photographing during the golden hour.

I’ve added nine photos I took that morning to the Neighborhood 2014 album. Of course, LBCC isn’t exactly in my neighborhood, but on the other hand, it isn’t very far away from it either.

I have quickly discovered that Ingress is NOT for me. I don’t have the time and energy for it. I’m so busy living REAL life that I don’t have time for traditional games nor the alternate reality type. I already have WAY more that I want to accomplish than I have hours in the day. I definitely do NOT have time to waste on Ingress! And because it is inherently a social game, but I am a dyed-in-the-wool introvert, there is an obvious mismatch between my mentality and the Ingress mentality.

Nevertheless, I have to give Ingress some credit. It motivated me to be at the LBCC garden at sunrise, which I would never have done otherwise. Because I was in the right place at the right time, I was able to take some really nice pictures. I wonder what other photo ops I’m missing because I’m stuck in my normal daily routine? Perhaps an alternate reality WOULD be worth exploring!
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