For the third year in a row:
I am happy to report that two of my images were selected for the Black & White Magazine 2015 Single image Contest Issue No. 107 available at better newsstands now.
“Can’t Wait” was selected for the Architecture/Interiors category.
“Floating Sticks” was a Peoples Choice winner in the “Pattern/Texture” category. There is only one Peoples Choice winner for each category so I am honored to have been chosen.
I’ve posted photos of this old schoolhouse before but I had a chance recently to explore it a little more. Plus I had my Eos M camera with the 11-22 lens on me and I wanted the chance to shoot at a wider angle than I have in the past. Beyond that there’s not much else to say. The interior of the building is as simple as it can get, basically one big room. The collapsing floorboards kind of limited where I dared to tread so I stuck to the outskirts.
The first shot of the exterior is a bit of a bummer. I know the dynamic range of the sensor on the Canon is limited in the highlights and I usually work around that. I should have exposed for the super bright sky behind the building but I never paid any attention to it. The one time where chimping would have helped me. Instead I have a too bright, burned out sky and there’s not much I can do about it. I usually do alternate takes in tricky lighting situations but for some reason I only took this one shot, at least from this angle. Other shots of the exterior from different angles turned out better technically but I liked this angle best so I just have to live with it.
I think those little ads on this site are annoying (especially since I don’t reap any benefits from them) so I plan on doing away with them soon. Most likely after the holidays, I plan on taking some time to upgrade my site and work on adding some galleries. The blog format isn’t a good way to showcase my work. What I’m not sure of is exactly what I want to do. I’m thinking of switching to more of an actual website with the blog being secondary but I don’t really want to stick with the “whatipic” name. Either way it’s going to cost me. If anyone can give guidance or suggestions feel free to drop me a line.
Of course, thinking about galleries and creating them are two different things. Most galleries I see on other photographers sites have distinct titles like, “landscape” or “Myanmar” and the images therein fit the categories. Trying to put my photos into categories is something I find very difficult. But I do want some kind of separation of the images and I don’t want to dumb it down by just going with “color”, or “black and white”. Looks like I have my work cut out for me (I’m full of idioms ;-) ).
The WordPress snow at least. It doesn’t bother me like it does some, and it’s only around for a month or so anyway. We all know that I don’t take myself seriously enough to think the “snow” is distracting from the importance of my blog. ;-)
I’m still climbing the ladders of success though and I’ll soon make yet another announcement of acceptance of my work into publication.
It’s that time of year when I start weeding out the good from the bad in my photos from the year and selecting images that I believe have a fighting chance in the art world. I have some competitions coming up at the beginning of the year and dwindling down to a few choice photos to submit is, thankfully, a tough job. It’s always a nice feeling to have a wide selection of images that I feel are good enough to compete in the tooth and claw artsy competitions. I will now spend my free time narrowing down my work and looking at the same images over and over and over again. And if anything like years past at the last minute I will grab a photo out of nowhere, figure, “what the hey, they just might like this”, and it will end up winning.
Monkey balls, that is.
It seems like this is a banner year for monkey balls, or hedge apples, bowwood, bois d’arc (French for “wood of the bow”), bodark, geelhout, mock orange, horse apple, naranjo chino, wild orange and yellow-wood. Offficially the Osage orange tree, has been quite noticeable for me this year as I drive around the rural regions of southwestern Pennsylvania. They are always around every year but I don’t remember seeing sooo many as I have this year
I find the trees quite picturesque, with their scraggly branches and the bright yellow fruits glowing in the autumn sun. After all of the leaves have fallen is when they really stand out. I’ve seen a number of good ones that would have made for a good photo but unfortunately I was usually doing my day job and I couldn’t simply stop to take a photo, let alone trespass on someone’s property. But the other day I was able to grab this photo and although I like the composition I can’t help but wonder what it would have looked like with more balls. Just a few weeks too late.
Maybe next year.
Sticking with the southern exposure photography. I know this work isn’t very creative but I don’t have anything else to show at the moment and I’ll have to get creative through the winter, so there’s still a chance. :-)
Here are few low light photos that just ooze with color. I’m thinking they are a nice change from my black and white work.
Notice the lack of people in the photos? For a place as vibrant as South Beach can get the crowds were definitely small during my visit. Maybe the weather, which was warm but super windy with showers blowing in and out, was a factor or it was just a slow time of year, regardless it was kind of nice to spread out a little. Plus, since I’m not much of people photographer I enjoyed photographing without thinking or waiting for people to get out of my way. I know, I know, people are a big part of “travel” photography but you have to remember, I’m not a travel photographer, just someone on vacation. :-)
I was on a much-needed vacation getaway last week to pause and refresh. A little trip down to Miami to get one last blast of summer before facing the dreaded winter in Pennsylvania. It was just that, a vacation with my wife, and I tried my best to keep photography to a minimum. I even kept my DSLR at home and traveled with a smaller camera, the EOS M, in order to keep it on the lay-low. The camera is frustrating to use because of its touch screen interface but it provides decent results if you don’t inadvertently change settings while shooting, which is very easy to do and I did plenty
Next trip I’m taking my normal camera and will just deal with the extra weight and size. Although I was able to snap a few decent pics this time, I lost out on just as many photos because of equipment restraints. I’ll throw a few colorful South Beach themed photos up this week but I’ll start today with a black and white life guard shack.
That’s the way I feel about old abandoned rural buildings. I want them to stay standing as long as possible. Old barns are as simple as a building can be yet there is a timeless quality about them that a new pre-fab steel building can never have.
I feel the same about urban buildings if they have some character or history but they tend to get tampered with a little more often. Worse of course, especially in USA, is too many old buildings are torn down in favor of a “new” structure that totally lacks any design. I’m just glad that Americans don’t own Europe or all of the great old architecture there would have been replaced long ago with nice concrete block boxes with aluminum window frames. :-(
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