SHAPES OF THE SUBJECT - OR THE SHAPES ARE THE SUBJECT
The plan was to take advantage of the forecast of partly cloudy skies and small chance of rain. Should be great for some landscape shots of a series of waterfalls about 90 minutes from home. Well, by the time I got to the shooting location, the clouds parted and the sun took over. Water was flowing great but it was already 11:00am. I know I could have put on a neutral density filter to get the silky water but the water would have been blown out in the direct sun.
So, I gave up on the landscape search and went for something smaller. Little details, textures, shapes, and sizes abounded on this little town square. The color of blue caught my eye as I was walking past this door. And the rectangle of the padlock with the circular shape of the door lock forced me to stop and extend the tripod legs. A little processing in Color Efex Pro gave me something to bring home.
BOTANY BAY - CREATIVE LIGHT
If you follow my blog entries, you may remember this image in black and white. I wanted to get a little creative with the natural light that I experienced when I was setting up for this shot. I wanted to give the image an artist look by adding texture and modifying the color balance. I don't know if I like this version or the black and white version better. Maybe you can let me know.
SIMPLE SUBJECT - SPECIAL LIGHT
I honestly don't know why this scene caught my attention. Maybe it's the contrast between the blue umbrellas and the white table and chairs. Maybe it was the simplicity of the subject, two umbrella tables in an open field. Maybe it was the touch of light from the setting sun.
Maybe it was all of those. I'll let you decide.
BLACK AND WHITE - SELECTING THE RIGHT SUBJECT
Another veterans cemetery in Nashville, TN. I don't know why I don't do a lot of black and white images. When I convert to black and white I'm reminded of the emotion that it creates that color can't do.
Nothing vibrant, exciting or majestic about this image. In fact, it was a morning with heavy mist and an occasional downpour. The subject and the lighting conditions demanded black and white. I shot this knowing I would convert to black and white. It was the right subject.
MORE THAN JUST FISHING - THANK YOU JOHN MORRISOn a recent vacation to Branson, MO, we discovered a nature area call Dogwood Canyon. What a beautiful location. This fantastic river runs through the canyon with numerous cascades and waterfalls. The river is full of trout; more fish than in a hatchery. All of this provided to the public by the founder of Bass Pro Shops, John Morris. According to our guide, this structure was only recently built early this year. The stonework is absolutely amazing, spanning the crystal clear river. Just needed the water wheel moving.