Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Yellow Springs

The desire to take longer daily walk than usual
brought me to Yellow Springs.
A small town about 10 miles from home.
There are several local and state parks here.
Makes for good walking.

These are the Yellow Springs...
the town was named after them.
A large part iron in the water has formed the 
distinctive yellow color on the rocks.
Moss growing down the sides gives the green
and the blue water comes from the open sky reflection.
I had never seen it in just this way before.
It is normally in the shade, but since this is winter
and several trees were lost in the big wind storm
that we had here a few months ago...I received rare
treat. Perfect light falling on the springs.

I will have to walk here more often.
Who knows what else I may find.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Just A Little Snow

Less than 1/2 inch, but snow.
Just on the furniture not on the ground.
OK, that's enough.
I can see it, photo it, and appreciate it.
And I do not need to shovel it!

This was really taken in the mountains last November
and I just found it.


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Stream Detail #6 2008

Here I am on Dec 24th, still waiting for snow.
We have had the grey sky, the -16* wind chill,
the cold, wet rain.....all of the unpleasantness
that goes with winter but none of the beauty.

Ah Well, be careful what I wish for....

So, in between bouts of cold rain, I got out 
with the camera. I am not very comfortable taking 
the Canon 40D out into the rain after reading
 Dave Beckerman's comments about having
to dry out the camera after being out with it in the rain.
I guess I could always go back to the old
plastic bag with a hole cut in it for the lens.
If I "really" wanted to be out with a camera in the cold rain.

Winter without snow, the color becomes more muted,
more subtle, and the shape & form of things become 
more important.
Not quite B&W but getting close.
A few spots of color on the rocks. 
Left overs from the once brilliant fall color show,
now add just enough color to keep the image from 
being a real black and white.

I like the heart formed by the water
in this image. Maybe a reminder that:
Love is the reason for the season.

Happy Holidays to all !!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


Have you ever noticed the wonderful color
of sandstone?
All objects get warmer as sunset approaches
and the light changes.
But sandstone seems to almost glow from within.
Maybe it is because the stone
is porous.

We went down into the Hocking Hills area
this last weekend and this is one of the 
things that we found.

What Did It Look Like In Color??

Several of you have asked:
"What did the steps look like in color?"
OK, here it is.

Again, this is the way the camera recorded it.
And yes, I remembered to remove the orange filter.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Hocking Steps

Old Man Winter is fast approaching.
We have the dull, drab sky
complete with cold rain.
I know that snow is just around the corner.

This is a good time to get some Black and White.

These are the steps at Rock House.
Built during the great depression by the WPA
these lead down to the original parking lot.
Not hard to get to, just not seen by many
since they are now off the main driveway.

I did these in both B&W and color.
Different photos, not a color shot
photoshopped into B&W.

I have spent so many years in film that
I prefer to "see" in the medium that I am
using at the time.

On the Canon it is a simple matter to change
from monochrome to color, so no big thing.
Changing this way also allows me to use the
B&W filter option in the monochrome setting
rather than trying to recreate the effect later
in photoshop. I used the "orange" filter here.


Thursday, December 4, 2008

Red Reflections

As I look out my window
at dull gray sky.
I can change my focus to the monitor
and return to the 
wild, wonderful  color of fall.

A lesson, perhaps....
about what we should do when 
hard times turn life to a dull gray.

Change our focus...
look to brighter more vibrant times.
And remember, all things run in cycles. 

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Lamp Post

As the sun sets,
the last glow shines through
the not yet lit street lamp.

Who needs the power company.....

Yoctangee Park 2

Out of sight of the camera,
tourists come to visit / feed the ducks.
This is the start of the stampede.
Past the gazebo, into the parking lot.

Taken after a good Thanksgiving dinner,
others brought an offering to the "Duck God". 

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Yoctangee Park

On Thanksgiving Day,
after a big dinner,
what to do?

Ah! I know,
go down to the park and take some photos.
Helps walk off dinner
to get ready for the pie.

These are tree stumps, 
which are mostly under water.
But with a low water level we can see them.

You do take your camera everywhere....right?

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Morning Light

Before the cold, snowy, bleak mornings.
We see this, cool, inviting, and peaceful.

This looks more like Thanksgiving than 
what I now see out of my studio window.

So, in the spirit of the season:

Morning Light

Monday, November 24, 2008

Moonrise At The Cove

Looking out my window at the
grey, rainy, overcast, and
just plain "drismal" 
(that is dismal with drizzle)

I can remember the clear, cool evenings
spent in the cove.
In tune with nature and myself.

So, I will share some of that with you.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Fall Cabin

The tourists walk back there
to see the empty cabin.
Get back in their cars and
drive right past this.

Same cabin, different view,
different light,
different person looking.

Different feeling!

Find where the tourists go,
do not go there.
Find what the tourists see,
do not see that.
Find what the tourists find,
but, do not find that.

Find yourself instead.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Stream Leaves

By now, they are gone.
Taken down stream as if they
Never existed.

Beauty, for a fleeting moment in time.

If we are focused on the future,
Or on the things of the past.
We miss the "now" moment.
Which, after all,
 Is all we really have.


Pat & I 
as shadows in a leaf filled stream.
A metaphor for mans' impermanence.
A reminder of a happy time.
A saved remembrance of .......

Canon    50mm   as taken

Pony Tail

I know, I know....
Don't take photos while driving.
The bounce of the car defeats the auto focus.
 Just could not resist the 
"Pony Tail"

Canon     50mm     as taken

Hidden Falls

A point in time.
A place in space.
Where everything slows down
To listen to the fall of water.

Canon     300mm   as taken

Autumn Morning

Ah, The peace and quiet of morning.
Mist rising, sun breaking through the trees.
Even for just a few minutes, 
All is right with the world.

Canon    300mm    as taken

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Water Abstract

Changing color as the water rushes from one 
reflection to another.
Over the falls, down the river,
From Maple and Aspen reflections,
to open sky.

How do we change as we reflect
those around us?

Canon    300mm    as taken

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Last Light

A short time after the Fence Line was seen
this was also found in the rearview mirror.
At about 20 minutes after sun down.

Pull off the road, capture the view,
and go to dinner.
It is now dark out here.

Canon   300mm   as taken

Fence Line In Fall

The drive through the cove is an 11 mile,
 one way, narrow road.

It is slow going, especially during tourist season.
Which, of course, is why we do not go there
"in season".
Not only are the visuals better both earlier & later.
The trip is smoother without the
"Bambi jams" and "Bear jams"
of peak season.
A "bambi or Bear jam" is created, usually in season,
when a bunch of otherwise reasonable folks,
seeing some wildlife 100 yards away in a field,
come to a dead stop, right in the center of the road,
instead of pulling off to the side to let others pass.

This backs up the already slow moving traffic
and brings everybody to a dead halt.
It is not like these folks have never seen a deer.
And it is not that there is no place to pull over.
The park service, in their wisdom, has
provided a lot of pull off spots.

What the park service could not regulate is 
the total lack of consideration on the part
of some of the visitors.

Anyway, this being a one way road,
we mostly forget to look back.
Now, a good photographer should have 
trained themselves to always:
Look For The Light!

Regardless of which way the road is going,
Where is the light?
Where do I look for:
Side light, Back light, Top light,
Reflections of light, and let us
not forget the ever popular:
boring front light.

So, as I drive, I am always looking for the light.
(is that metaphysical or photographic?)
and I saw this in the rearview mirror.
Pulled off the road!
Walked back and set up my tripod.

Canon     200mm   as taken

Chevron Rock

You just cannot go to the mountains and not
photograph the water.
There is just so much of it.
Rivers and streams are everywhere.

In the fall the water turns color
with what is reflected in it.
The rocks create a counterpoint.
Both in tonality and stability.

Canon   300mm    as taken

Cross On The Floor

The old Baptist church in the cove..
Places the cross on the floor..
Made from bricks..
In a surround of wood.

It has become a challenge for photographers.
Due to the wood tones and the lighting.

When I first saw this place.
I thought that it looked like a skull.
Do you see it??

Canon   28mm   as taken

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Evening Light

OK, enough for today.
I will leave you with:
"Evening Light"

As the last rays of light stretch across
the cove,
they find the Methodist church.

And add just enough light for this.

Canon   50mm    as taken

Fall In The Cove 2

Turn, 180* from the last photo:
Exhale on the lens,
(sometimes the old ways are best)
watch, as the fog from your breath dissipates,
when the moment is right.....take it.

The 135mm lens was used here to pull together
foreground and background.

Canon   135mm   as taken

Fall In The Cove

Boy, talk about the right time & right place.
Another quick trip to the mountains.

This is late afternoon light,
The sun in and out between clouds,
As the rain moves in.

Right from the camera, as shot.

Canon  50mm

Friday, November 7, 2008

Golden Path

There are days when you just cannot turn round
without finding a spectacular photo.
Yesterday was one of those days.
Felt a bit like a mosquito in a nudist camp,
so much opportunity....where do I start.

Well, I started with what was in front of me,
and worked my way down each delicious path.

Each one better than the prior photo
as the light changed and back light
became side light and returned to back lighting.

This view, just below the crest of a hill,
tourists, standing, taking happy snaps,
wondering what that crazy man is doing down there.
heh    heh  

Canon    85mm    as taken

Aspen Reflections

Back, from a quick trip to the mountains.
With a few photos, of course.

We were told that the color and the weather
 was great, and it was.

Well worth the trip.
Even if the trip back was really long.
I know, the same distance each way,
but on the return it was after I had been
working 14 hour days.
Sun up to sun down.

Now I know why I carry several CF cards.

Canon   50mm   as taken

Monday, November 3, 2008

Train At Thurmond

Yes, these tracks are still in use, a lot of use.
One, waiting on the right..
another, out of camera range,
waiting on the left.

Both are waiting for yet a third train,
just beyond the concrete structure ahead.

Perfect light. 
All is stillness.

Canon   50mm   as taken