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.
I often come across scenes or subjects and think, “yeah, that’s something”. Sometimes they work, sometimes not. The main thing is, I think they are something when in most cases they are far from something. There’s that little voice that tells me to shoot first and ask questions later. Sometimes it is later when I realize why I thought there was something there. Sometimes I’m left wondering.
A short selection of pre-sick photos. It all went downhill after these.
But, happy to say, I am all well now!!!!
So it’s Saturday which is probably not a good day to post but I actually started this post on Tuesday with full intentions on posting for Wednesday. Not sure what happened there. Between still recovering from being sick and going back to work at my normal job, time flew by pretty quick. I won’t elaborate or bore you much more on my quick getaway, only to say that I’m not pleased with where my photography is heading. These are some of the photos I took on Assateague Island and although they are technically OK, I absolutely LOVE the colors I am getting from the Fuji, I’m just not feeling them artistically. I need to get a little gritty again as none of my “pretty” picture are going to get in a galleries anytime soon.
What I do need is to not think about how I’m going to find that next great shot but just go find it, if that makes sense. In other words, all of my favorite photos that I took where just happenstance. Scenes or subjects I just happened to come across and I made the best of it. Stop thinking, start doing
Yes, you read that right, an all-reclusive vacation. Considering I have been sick the last four days my vacation week turned out to be a dud. Oh well, there’s really not much I can do about that, I guess. I’ll just have to move on and go about my daily duties on Monday and try not to look back too much.
Of course not looking back is a little more difficult when you have a slew of photos to sift through. Taking a quick glance at them, I find that the photos I did manage to shoot aren’t helping my cause any. I had this grand idea to take a short drive to Assateague Island to shoot the “wild” horses on the beaches. It’s right around the corner from Ocean City, Maryland where there are plenty of inexpensive hotels, especially after Labor Day. I told my wife it would be an easy drive and at the least we’ll be able to have dinner by the shore for at least one night. She was hesitant but agreed it could be a decent quick getaway.
As unusual at it sounds, considering I live in western Pennsylvania, I have never been to Ocean City Maryland. It seems like EVERYBODY around here goes there at least annually. I really had no desire, it’s just not my thing. I prefer secluded over crowded when it comes to beaches and a little more dynamic when it comes to cities. So it never crossed my mind. But I have always wondered about Assateague and I thought it would be a good photo-op.
To make a long story short, the trip there was an easy six hour drive and we got an inexpensive room right on the boardwalk at the top rated hotel. The boardwalk was everything I imagined and although my wife likes it since she grew up around boardwalks on New Jersey shores, I just don’t feel it as much. But it was pleasant enough to walk on during the evening. Just too many people for my tastes, which probably attributed to my down fall. Anyhow, dinner was great and we settled in for the evening since I planned to get up early enough to take the long ten minute drive to Assateague before sunrise.
My wife, Cathy, doesn’t normally like to go on my early morning photo jaunts but she decided to ride along with me and I’m glad she did. I enjoyed the accompaniment. We pulled into the island park while it was still dark and it was a little tough to maneuver since I didn’t really know where I was going, nor where I would find any horses. But as I was driving into the entrance the shadowy figures of about a half dozen horses standing next to the road made it known that they were there….somewhere. That and blobs of manure on the road that I had to dodge ;-)
Since I don’t get to take too many seashore sunrise photos I thought I would find a beach parking lot and try a few shots until the light brightened up enough to go horse hunting. As soon as I got out of my car to grab my tripod in the trunk I realized I was going to have problems. The humidity and mosquitos were both relentless. I kind of expected both but it just seemed magnified when I was there. And the photography became a constant battle of wiping of lenses and wiping off my dripping face. Throw in the fact that I’m wasn’t really prepared equipment-wise to be taking on such projects (no ND, gradient filters, wide lens selection, etc.), I knew things just wouldn’t go good.
This shot is typical of the lousy photos I started taking from that point on. The “thing” in the air is, I’m guessing, a mosquito in flight as it was buzzing around the camera. The image has a weird “haze” to it as I was constantly trying to clean the lens and shoot before it fogged up again.
I’ll continue on later in the week when I’m feeling a little more energetic and after I had time to process some photos.
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