Posted on August 27, 2015
Posted on August 21, 2015
Two former university colleagues of mine live about a quarter of a mile. One was head of the religion department and the other (sometimes with his wife) teaches ecology, among other science courses. One has a chemically treated weedless, leafless, manicured ;awn and yard. The other yard is more organic with both wild and domestic flowers. One yard has more varieties of hosta plants than I can count. The other yard is more casual with lots of color. Both are friends. Here’s some pictures from their yards.
Posted on August 19, 2015
Near where I live is a sacred burial ground that was once used by the Pottawatomie native Americans. It was also the area where the settlers first inhabited the town that I live in. The transfer of land was peaceful unlike much of the settler land that was taken by violence. White people and Pottawatomie people actually lived together as neighbors. A dear friend bought this land many years ago and made an historical park that would commemorate both people groups. Here are some scenes from the park.
Posted on August 17, 2015
Some of you may be getting tired of barnwood. Others, I know, love the grain and etched aging of this wood. I will try to not post about barnwood for awhile. Try. These shots are all from one barn. I started shooting what I could from the shoulder of the road when a woman came out to greet me. She asked what I was doing and after I told her gave me permission to move unto the property. She was renting the farm. The barn was still somewhat in use for storing hay. In a story we keep hearing, the woman said the landlord just couldn’t afford to restore or save the barn. This barn was on the same property as the cutting machine from the last post.
Posted on August 15, 2015
For my digital editing I use Lightroom 5. It is an Adobe product designed for photo editing (unlike the more expensive Photoshop which is designed more for graphic design). I rarely do more than very mild adjustments. Even in strong adjustments, I probably don’t use more than 50% of Lightroom’s capabilities. I thought you might be interested in seeing some of what can be done with digital photos.
Posted on August 13, 2015
This past week I have been concentrating on making some of my shots work in a 1 by 1 or square ratio. I think this format works particularly well with flowers. Here are some of the results of this exercise.
Posted on August 11, 2015
On the way home from my dentist’s office this brightly painted car – shining in the sun – caught my eye. It was in a vacant lot on one of Jackson’s busiest streets. I pulled into the lot and snapped a few photos of a very beautifully detailed car. If you know make, model, and/or year of this car, please post that information as a comment. If you are interested, it is for sale ($27K).
Posted on August 7, 2015
A good exercise for mindfulness and developing a photographer’s eye is to confine yourself to a small area and take note of what you see. These pictures were all taken from one intersection in the town of Somerset.
Posted on August 5, 2015
On the same outing that led us to the field of wildflowers, Pat and I came across a school building from 1850. Stone is plentiful in glacier carved Michigan and was often used for construction. This field stone building was in use until 1955. survived an effort to condemn the building, and became the labor of love of a group seeking to preserve this part of history.
Posted on August 3, 2015
Pat and I both enjoy the beauty of wildflowers (see her pics at http://imissmetoo.me/ ). Driving down a gravel road, we were awestruck at the beauty of a large field of wildflowers. The field was about an acre with beauty everywhere. A gentle breeze, low humidity, and a mild temperature made this an idyllic stop. The memory of this great find was with me as I went to bed that evening. It really was a field of dreams.