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

Thurmond Station

Restoring the past.
This will eventually become better than
it was before.

When it was a stop on the rail line.
Its own bank, retail stores, and homes,
all lined up facing the railroad tracks.

Trains still use these tracks.
Not like at home where we have
swapped rails for trails
and built the bicycle center of Ohio.

Canon    28mm   as taken

Water Glass In Fall Light

The camera, never leave home without it.
Take it with you everywhere.

Pat does not even get embarrassed anymore
when I get out the camera and photograph 
the water glass on the table
while waiting for our lunch.

After all, you never know when you may 
find something wonderful.

Late afternoon light,
through high windows,
splashing across the table.
Creating reflections, shadows, prisms.
A reckless child with a paint brush.

Canon   50mm   as taken

Out Of The Flow

Floating in a peaceful backwater, 
fall leaves.

More beautiful now than when they were alive.

Pushed together by the water into 
groupings not seen before.

Here a neighbor...there a friend,
all is one.

And, at least in this place,
at this time,
peace is upon the land.

Canon   85mm   as taken

Up Stairs

Southern Ohio is just full of great, colorful places.
This is just across the street from where
 we stopped for a quick lunch.

Looked out of the window:

Canon  50mm   as taken

Cross House

We found this in WV 
a real welcome to the area.

No, nobody lives in it.
There was just so much going on
that I could not resist taking a photo.

Canon  50mm   as taken

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Follow The Yellow Leaf Road

On the way home from WV.
A scene to show all the fall color.

Sometimes the old ways still work well.
This photo done with a UV filter softened with clear nail polish.
An old school method that is a perpetual winner.

Todays lenses are too sharp for many applications.
So we add some "fuzz factor".
I look for the impression, not the "reality".

Canon  50mm   as shot   camera filtered

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Fall Stream

Almost hidden..... just seen.... a climb to photograph
Blue water, a reflection of clear sky.
Fall leaves, a reflection of the cycles of life.

At the end of a very long day,
the weary photographer climbs up one more hillside,
finding this idyllic spot,
a place for the days' last photograph.
And a bit of relaxation in the fleeting fall light.

Canon       50mm         image as taken in camera

Hawk's Nest

Did I mention the great color?
Trip timing was perfect this year.
The view from Hawk's Nest was great this year.
The colors, from the late afternoon sun were almost surreal.
Which is fitting for late October....
when the vail between the worlds becomes thin...
and things go "bump in the night".

Happy Halloween

Canon     85mm    image as taken 

Glade Creek Wall

This wall at Glade Creek. On the main office, if it matters.
Seemed like a part of a greater work of art created by time and weather.
Would have been a shame to pass it up.

Camera was deliberately tilted and leaned in order 
to emphasize the "art work".

Canon    85mm    as shot

Red Canoe

Down the road and round the bend,
Pat yells from the passenger seat..
"LOOK, HONEY !!  "
and, sure enough there was a red canoe.

So, just like Wallace Nutting must have done
back in the 1900's...when he photographed: Pine Landing.

We stopped and worked the subject.
Perspective, focal length, color balance, water condition,
and timing. Since the wind was blowing and the boat was moving.

OK, it is a cliché, but things become that way 
because they work!
Because they have a certain universal appeal.

Canon     85mm     image as taken