More than Flowers

Even when Pat and I are shooting at a destination, whoever is driving stops when they see something or when the other says “stop!”. On the way to Holland we stopped at a beautiful railroad bridge setting. It must also be a good fishing spot as the bobber in the tree suggests.

Bobber and Bridge

Bobber and Bridge


At our Windmill Island destination there is the only working Dutch windmill in America
Windmill and Blossoms

Windmill and Blossoms


as well as craftsmen and a cafeteria-style eating place with authentic Dutch cuisine.
Wooden Shoe Miniature

Wooden Shoe Miniature


There are marshlands near the windmill where I was able to take this picture of a nesting Canadian Goose.
On the Nest

On the Nest


On the way home we stopped at a beautiful old barn where I took these pictures. I enjoy the intricate beauty of wood and, as I get older, the richness of wood that has aged well. May we all be so fortunate.
Barnwood

Barnwood


Corner Knot

Corner Knot


Formerly Wired

Formerly Wired

Study in Sunflowers

Sunflowers get their name both from their likeness to the sun and to their sun-seeking head turns during the day. Around here the outer petals are mostly withering, but I found these all in one yard in our neighborhood. The seeds are nearing maturation and will provide food for birds or humans or perhaps seed new flowers for the next summer. Which image do you like most? Why?

Full

Full

Smaller

Smaller

Sunrise

Sunrise

Up Close

Up Close

Train Station Impressions

These images of my trip to the Jackson Train Station are a bit more impressionistic. There was quite a bit of various types of cobblestone around; still in use from the stations early days.

Street, Curb & Sidewalk

Street, Curb & Sidewalk

Cobblestone Shadows

Cobblestone Shadows

As I mentioned in my previous post, there is a bit of renovation working going on. This picture was taken through the protective fence around the site.

Bucket and Chain

Bucket and Chain

The final images are of a knot in a railroad tie and a rail. The rail was catching all of the evening sun on its well-worn rail and reflecting a very bright light.

Tie Knot

Tie Knot

evening glow

Jackson Train Station

I returned to the Jackson Train Station to pick up my brother and sister-in-law. Once a busy hub, just a handful of passenger trains go through Jackson now. The train was late (as usual) so I got out my camera. The late afternoon/early evening light provided great contrast,

sign

This still life was all set up for me. I didn’t adjust anything but my camera.
Orange

Graffiti on a wall with fence shadows and the shadowed platform both invited my attention.

graffiti

station

This black-and-white shot was from a renovation construction area at the station.
chain

Finally the train came and I caught this image:
Train

The Shadows of Our Lives

Shadows are too often used to portray the sinister (“lurking in the shadows” – Don’t people lurk in the sunshine?) or scary (“shadow of death” – Who knew death had a shadow?). In photography shadows are often what brings interest to a picture. While the shadows often are used to accentuate the starring lighter areas in a picture, sometimes shadows have an equal or even starring role.

The fence shadows on a beautiful sidewalk bring value to the image and even tell an early morning story themselves.
Fence and Sidewalk

The late afternoon shadows on a storage tank seem playfully dramatic.
Storage Tank

This Civil War photo (reenactment – I’m not THAT old!) would be dull and lifeless without the shadows. The shadows made me want to know what the soldier was thinking.
Breakfast

Shadows help tell the story; both in pictures and in our lives.

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

Portraits

I enjoy taking portraits when people are not aware that their picture is being taken. I think you have a better chance of portraying the personality and character when they are not posing for a picture. Here are an almost handful of my favorites. Their vocations are a middle school teacher, a brilliant civil rights activist, an author preparing for a book signing, and a Michigan icon (with a University of Michigan building named after him). These are all good friends that have used the captures of them I sent them. Hope you enjoy the pics. As always, your thoughts and comment are welcome.

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