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".