The holidays are over so I should resume normal broadcasting. That would be great if I had a lot to say but I don’t, so I think I’ll slowly get back in the groove by just posting a few random photos. Enjoy!
Time for a little down time (and to seriously look for an alternative to this mess of a blog site).
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!!!
…I am happy to report that my image “Tanked” was selected as a Peoples Choice winner in the Pattern/Texture category in the Black & White magazine contest issue #113, available now at finer newsstands everywhere. Considering I really didn’t feel like like I had anything worth submitting this year that came as a big surprise. BUT, an even better surprise…
…my image “Hanging Pod” was a winner in the Flowers/Plants/Fruits category and as a result I will get a feature in an upcoming issue in 2016!!
So, it was a nice way to cap off the year and I hope I can take my creativity to new levels next year. It’s things like this that get me excited about my photography and it helps to get me out of my self induced slumps.
Ah yes, the snow has returned to WordPress!! It’s the most wonderful time of year! To add to the delight, I believe this photo I shot today has that light, snowy feel to it, even though it’s a weed. A dandelion in December!
I haven’t done much macro work this year, most likely because I haven’t owned a macro lens since June. I sold my Pentax Limited and haven’t gotten around to acquiring another one yet for my Fujifilm. But my tiny MCEX-11 extension tube comes in handy once in a while to extend the closest focus for all of my lenses. Works wonders even with the 18-55 zoom. Nothing crazy but opens up a few new perspectives when the need arises, such as today.
I haven’t posted in quite a while so I thought I would show a couple of recently shot building photos. The first is a newly constructed office building in a suburban office park. The late afternoon clouds looked so good I couldn’t resist. The empty parking lot helped to balance out with the sky. Color was the word here.
The other shot is an old one room schoolhouse that I spotted a few days earlier. There seems to be a number of these buildings scattered around the back roads and I liked how the morning light accented the school amongst the trees. This was a natural for black and white
I apologize for not being too timely in my posts here at Whatipic. It seems I have been caught up in life and the photos worth talking about have been few and far between. I do, however, have some good news regarding my work coming up, so stay tuned for that. I am also working on an alternative site to better showcase my work. I know that is something I have been talking about for a while but I really haven’t found the time to focus and work out the details, plus I wasn’t sure exactly which direction I wanted to take the new site. The hardest part is in order to have galleries of my work I would have to categorize my photos. With the exception of either black and white or color, I always found that to be the hardest task.
I’ve been dazzling you with great autumn color the past few posts and now, unfortunately (for some, I imagine). it’s time to tone it down a bit. We are now entering the “brown period” of autumn, where all of the fallen leaves lose all of their color, the soil is almost always muddy, and the only color is the blue of the sky on that rare clear day.
I happen to like this time of year for black and white photography. The bare limbs of the trees are way more interesting and the dark textures of soggy ground work in my favor. It’s easier to spot old cars or other interesting subjects normally hidden in the weeds when driving around the countryside and the bold clouds can make a landscape even more dramatic.
But enough about me. Here’s a “brown” photo.
It wasn’t planned at all but I was able to get a few more autumn photos shot at the last minute, literally. It was a rainy day yesterday when I took these photos and the colors just seemed to pop as I drove through the rural countryside. But the heavy rain continued throughout the night and today was a whole different picture. The rain finally stopped this morning but the wind kept blowing and as I looked around this afternoon I noticed that almost all of the leaves are gone. The trees were stripped bare. We are now entering the “brown period”, when the colors fade to brown, the soil turns to mud, and I start thinking about shooting black and white.
Can you really get tired of autumn foliage photos? I think not!
Most of this batch was shot in a local semi-hidden park. It’s one of the few places in the immediate area where there is a water feature to catch reflections. It’s best to visit it early in the morning on weekdays but I stopped by on a late Friday afternoon. The place does get crowded from nearby residents but I probably wouldn’t have been able to shoot the guy fishing otherwise.
These were all shot with my Fujifilm X-T10 and Fujion 55-200 lens. The lens has been a superb performer, fast and sharp, although I’m still trying to get the hang of its handling with the smallish X-T10.
Continuing on with some autumn themed photos. I shot these earlier today in the local park. It was a last minute excursion and I didn’t expect much as the local park is far from being picturesque. My plan was to just focus on details, if I found any, but, as usual, I don’t even remember my plans when I start shooting. I just looked for what grabbed my attention and tried to make the best of it.
I find autumn scenes tough to photograph and be creative with. EVERYBODY takes nice fall photos and it’s difficult to be different. Considering there are no grand New England type vistas in my backyard, there are no quaint white churches nestled amongst blazing red maples here, and I do have a job to go to during the week, taking fall photos becomes more of a challenge for me since autumn scenes change daily and good light comes and goes and I usually have no control over when I can shoot. That’s why most of my autumn photos consist of things on the ground, things the “fall”. Nuts and dead leaves are a constant source of entertainment for my lenses.;-).
These scenes from the park aren’t anything you haven’t seen but at least the colors, in small areas, were pleasant.
A few colorful autumn scenes to tide you over until everything turns ugly for winter. Winter is when I really go into black and white mode because any color beyond beige is tough to come by. These are just some shots I took as I go about my day. The photos in the woods are the exception as I purposely went into the woods at a local park to see what I could photograph. There wasn’t a whole lot there of any interest, just a lot of trees and yellow leaves. Regardless it was nice to just be out with my camera around my neck and just looking for photo subjects. I’m a little out of practice so be gentle.