Posted on October 31, 2014
Haunted? Probably not. It’s more likely the beginning of settlement on this farm property.
I rarely talk about my shooting process, but here goes. I typically address three questions; sometimes mulling them over and sometimes almost instantly. The questions are 1.) Why does this shot appeal to me?; 2.) Is this the best angle to capture the image?; and 3.) How can I best convey the emotional response this subject raises in me? I have been influenced in these questions by Freeman Patterson (whose work I love!) and Ansel Adams (who still often inspires me, though dead, to consider black-and-white photos).
Here’s how I answered the questions. One. I love the mystical image of the fog, mist, and old wood contrasted with the reflection of the morning sun off of the window. Two. After moving around a bit, I settled on this shot because the light reflected best off of the window, the road draws your eyes to the cabin, and the trees frame the shot. Three. Getting a darker picture with the fog still prominent and the light just starting to break through came as close as I could come to conveying my emotional response.
In processing I preferred the starkness of the black-and-white photo (all I used to shoot), but included the color image for comparison.
Which image connects best with you?
Posted on October 25, 2014
For such a foggy morning (see previous post), I saw a lot of animals in my two-hour outing on Wednesday morning. I saw deer and sandhill cranes (both too far away to shoot). I saw buffalo and longhorn cattle and the critters captured below; some from roadside farms and some in “the wild”.
Posted on October 23, 2014
Posted on October 20, 2014
Posted on October 17, 2014
The traditional proverb, “The eyes are the window of the soul.” (attributed to many authors), suggests that windows are for seeing in as much as for seeing out. In the 19th century windows were very important as the primary light for most tasks. Many windows (especially with glass) were a sign of wealth. Taking pictures with windows in them is a good photographic challenge; as getting the light right both inside and out can take some work. What do these windows say to you about 19th century America or even 21st century America?
Posted on October 15, 2014
No. I am not that old (although there are some days I feel it). Jo and I visited Sauder Village in Archibald, Ohio; near the Ohio-Michigan border in northwest Ohio. The village portrays many parts of life throughout the 1800’s. Volunteers demonstrate many 19th century crafts and professions and are very well-informed artisans and lecturers. The village curator works full-time to maintain authenticity in both the look and action of the village. Today’s photos are a small tribute to the awesome volunteers at Sauder Village.
Posted on October 13, 2014
The Australian Black Swan was once found only around Australia. Importation and some resultant escapes have made the black swan present in very small numbers in Europe and North America as well as Asia. I have included two shots of the swan and one additional image, The additional image was from my panning of the flight of two swans and catching a bit of sun. Some would immediately delete such images, but I rather enjoy the slight abstraction and hope you do as well.
Posted on October 10, 2014
The serenely majestic Trumpeter Swan has a beauty in sharp contrast to their very loud honk. Thirty to forty of these rare swans can be found at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary along with ducks, geese, and other swans. I went out this morning in rather brisk weather (it was 33 degrees when I got up). Although cool, it was a beautiful and sunny Fall day. Here are some trumpeter swan images. Next week I’ll share some Black Swan images.
Posted on October 8, 2014
Pat and I set out early to try and capture some of Fall in Michigan during the golden hour (or two). A great surprise was to come upon a Great White Heron in one of lower Michigan’s many swamp lands. Enjoy.
Posted on October 3, 2014
Low contrast days can be difficult for outdoor photography. Our “mostly sunny” forecast turned out to be a cloudy-with-more-clouds morning. Pat and I did get some pictures. A mutual friend let us roam her lakeside property which not only was photogenic, but also very restful.