Showing posts with label fall color. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fall color. Show all posts

Thursday, August 18, 2022


 

From a field trip last year.  Autumn is on the way. Can't wait.

Friday, May 4, 2018

A New Era Begins



A New Year Begins 
Due to the many attacks the blog has moved to this location:
www.worksbystephencarl.com

In 2017 the site had problems with downtime. Multiple hacking attacks and ransom ware issues took their toll. It required a lot of time and effort to reclaim, repair and rebuild everything.
During the process of recreating the site, I had plenty of time to think about ways to make it not only more secure but to improve the content as well. I have given a lot of consideration to my goals for the site and how best to achieve them.
So much of what you see in the world these days is negative. We go about our lives with a list of worries too long to recite. Most of the things on that list are outside our personal control, which only adds to our distress.
In my view of the world, I prefer to focus on the things that are Right vs. Wrong. I choose to see the Beautiful vs. the Ugly and to think about the Best, not the Worst.
As part of this philosophy, I would like my site to be a source of positivity and beauty. A place where people may come to view images of natural wonder, think a few uplifting, positive thoughts and move on feeling refreshed not distressed.
With that goal in mind, in 2018 I am taking the blog in a new direction. My focus will be more on creativity and beauty, less on technical and commercial issues.

As you may know, I am a professional artist working in several different mediums, including photography, stained glass, and painting. I have found that there is a commonality to all these mediums and in my opinion to all art forms.
You must first learn to master the basics, the mechanics if you will, of your chosen medium before you may then strike out on your own to express your unique vision of the world.
There are many places where you can learn these basics, things such as how to use a camera on manual settings, how to cut and grind glass, or how to mix almost any color from a limited number of paints on a pallet.

The “ART” part is what’s different.
How do I learn to see what would make a captivating photo? How do I make it look so natural that people feel as if they were standing inside the scene?
What subject can I paint that has not been done before? What vision of reality can I conjure with oils on a canvas?
What glass panel design can I produce that is not already in a pattern book? What pattern of transmitted light can I use sunlight to create?

To paraphrase Edgar Degas, “Art is easy until you know how.”
The easy part of ART includes the tools and equipment. All these physical things can be purchased, owned and used.
The difficult part of ART is the emotion and vision. These intangible things cannot be bought and are best when shared with others.

So… In this New Year, the focus of this blog is changing in form as well as location. It will speak much more to the ART side of things. We will discuss beauty, vision, creativity, emotion, elegance, grace and the journeys these elements take us on.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

A Return To Amish Area


--- Fantastic Fall ---

I have finally gotten enough time to start
processing the images taken over the last 6 weeks.
Fall is one of my busiest times of the year.
Usually a large exhibit, several shows, and always
the travel. On the road 4 weeks out of six,
with stops at home just
long enough to sleep in a good bed and get clean clothes.

So, now that the leaves are down....I need to get to work.
Sorting and processing several thousand images.
I sort of wish that I was back out there:
with camera in hand, the smell of fall leaves, crisp air...

This is the time of the reasoned response,
rather then the reaction response from the field.
When I am out in the field: I respond to the sights,
sounds, smells, direction of light, air temp,
number of other people around,
and probably a lot of things of which I am unaware.
This reaction response is expressed in terms of F/stops,
color balance, filters, and shutter speeds.
The object is to capture, as faithfully as possible,
the stimuli to which I am responding
and my mental & emotional response to it.

Is this a WOW! subject? What should it look like?
How can I say wow in a 2 dimensional image?
How do I get the wind into the photo?

Is this a "what is this doing here"?
What could I say about this?
Just how incongruous is it?
How far out of context? What does it mean to me?

Is this a "boy, is that giving a mixed message"?
How can I emphasize it?
What part of the message do I want to strengthen?

It may be some as simple as, "that's neat".
What is the best treatment for this?
A soft simple statement?
A bold treatment with lots of punch?

This is initial field response is
Step 1 of my photographic process.

Now, begins Step 2.
Sit down in front of my Mac,
take a deep breath,
begin.






Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Road Trip Re-visited

--- Beyond The Bench ---

One more from the road trip a friend and I
took in late October.

Here, the composition of the walking trails
with the position of the benches was
the key to getting the feeling I was after.

Of course, everything needed to be in three's
and the design of the green space
had to be just right.

ENJOY

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Fall Trip To Lima

-- Caution Curves Ahead --

A field trip with a friend.
Good weather, good light, and good company.
It is hard to beat an afternoon like that.

ENJOY

Road Trip

--- Over The Top ----

A road trip with a friend resulted in this image.
I had seen this in the spring when I did
the Tall Churches trip but it was not the right
time. The fall color is what was needed.

ENJOY

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

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.
 ENJOY

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:
HAPPY THANKSGIVING 

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)
weather.

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.
Enjoy!

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.

Shadows


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

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