Winter Wonders

Winter in Michigan this year has been very cold and snowy. Opportunities for much outdoor photography have been quite limited. At home, I do keep my camera handy and shoot pics from my deck as in the rather slow shutter speed Winter Storm image below. The snow and ice can also bring unusual photo opportunities as in the seed under the snow image. Our kitchen faces south. This provided the opportunity for the back lit crystal and icicle image. The dots are water drops from other icicles. The last two pictures are staged (which I hardly ever do), but inspired by a water glass that caught my eye. I like the reflection and refraction of light as well as the window frame shadows.

Winter Storm

Winter Storm

Under the Snow

Under the Snow

Crystal and Icicle

Crystal and Icicle

Glass and Shadows

Glass and Shadows

Glass and Shadows 2

Glass and Shadows 2

Swirls, Curls, & Lines

Lines and curves are parts of what bring dynamic life to an image. They may help define the balance of an image or its energy or even its sensuousness. Straight lines bring stability to an image. Diagonal lines suggest energy and movement even in bricks and concrete like the image below.

Bricks & Concrete

Bricks & Concrete

Curves add gentleness and interest to an image. Imagine if this stalk were straight up. It would evoke an entirely different (maybe even boring) response.

Bent Grass

Bent Grass

These two images combine both lines and curves, making the commonplace somewhat more complex. Imagine the Grand River image being just a straight part of the river.

Benches, Bricks, & Shadows

Benches, Bricks, & Shadows

Grand River

Grand River

This last image has both lines (bank of river and dirt) but also has some curves and a few delightful swirls. This picture was shot at a fairly fast speed to preserve the energy of the rapids. Hope you enjoyed Swirl, Curls, & Lines.

Backwater Swirl

Backwater Swirl

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.

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