Posted on May 9, 2014
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.
Posted on September 14, 2013
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?
Posted on September 10, 2013
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.
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.
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.
Posted on September 7, 2013
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,
Graffiti on a wall with fence shadows and the shadowed platform both invited my attention.
Posted on August 31, 2013
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.
Shadows help tell the story; both in pictures and in our lives.
Posted on July 31, 2013
“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.
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.
The 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.
Posted on July 26, 2013
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.
Posted on May 21, 2013
Sometimes we can be like the cow that is certain that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. I enjoy traveling with my friend Pat (http://imissmetoo.me/) to capture road trip images. We try to go someplace once a week with our cameras. We have fun because we look at things differently (with very different photo captures) but have about the same energy threshold due to some physical problems.
I deeply enjoy these trips, but sometimes beauty is also as close as our front door. The fuchsia image was taken at the Hidden Lake Gardens Conservatory (in the conservatory with the camera by Mrs. Me – for you Clue fans). The Iris was taken after an early morning rain in the small planted area (8 square feet) between my driveway and my neighbor’s. I am happy with both images, but am moving away from flora for a time towards fauna . . . at least in terms of emphasis. I’ll always shoot what catches my quirky imagination’s eye whenever I can.