Beach, Bar, & Surf

Before returning to the dock, our bus took us to the the northeast corner of the island of Cozumel. There was a pull off from the road to a small scenic overlook. Here some entrepreneurs from the area had set up some crude kiosks and a very tiny bar hunt. The structures were made from driftwood, wood from pallets, and plywood. Along with the usual touristy bangles and baubles, they were selling beautifully finished driftwood. The day was beautiful and the brief bit of ocean air was delightful (as was the margarita). Hope these images capture some of the loveliness of the spot . . . even with driftwood hut owners persistent hawking of their wares.

Waves and Walkout

Waves and Walkout


Driftwood Art

Driftwood Art


Driftwood and Coral

Driftwood and Coral


Construction Equipment

Construction Equipment

Bar

Bar


Driftwood and Sea

Driftwood and Sea

Zoo Abstractions

If we think of photography as a continuum, with documentary photography (capturing the event, object, story) on one end and interpretative photography (portraying the feeling, essence, emotive qualities) on the other end, most photography falls somewhere between the two poles. That said, photographers often show a preference – slight or strong – for one of these two approaches to photography.

For me, art is all about reaching head and heart. In my photography I try to capture enough of the subject to set a context but also try to provide an emotive element. Today’s somewhat abstract images from the zoo lean much more toward the interpretative end of the continuum.

In the first two images I attempted to portray the intrinsic beauty of the peacock through rather abstract (interpretive) images of the bird’s feathers. The third image is about the colorful beauty of the rotting process in a fallen tree. The last image is of eyelashes from an African cow. The interpretation comes in capturing the swirls and the shadows in this tight shot.

Tail Feathers

Tail Feathers

Side Feathers

Side Feathers

Rotting Log

Rotting Log

Beauty is in the eye . . .

“Beauty is in the eye . . .”

Chance

“Chance favors the prepared mind” is a quote attributed to Louis Pasteur. I don’t know if he was a photographer, but his words should ring true to every serious photographer. Read all you can. Practice all you can. And then be ready for whatever “chance” throws you way. Here are a few happenstance photos of mine.

The first one is of trees in my oldest son’s backyard. I was experimenting with a new 35mm lens, saw the trees, and wondered how the lens would work on them. I was thinking black and white all the way, but really not looking for this kind of picture. I like the drama of the image.
trees

The next two were taken during a visit to Cascades Park in Jackson, Mi.The heron was standing right in front of me as I approached the walking path. He (she?) tolerated a couple of shots before taking flight. The other shot was of a duck taking flight. I tried to track the duck and let the background and wings blur.
heron

take offThe final shot for today was taken on a country road. In some ways the picture is smore than a little disturbing, but shooting road signs seems to be a Michigan pastime. Farmers be safe. Viewers post your thoughts.
Bullet holes

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