Category Archives: Still Life

Ceramic

Why you ask, because someone must buy them. This was a bin full of ceramic skulls. Mexican pottery actually. Nothing like a box of colorful heads.

Ceramic Skulls - Click To Enlarge
Ceramic Skulls – Click To Enlarge

I have been work in more black and white lately. This photograph has been processed with an Agfa 400 35mm film type filter. Agfa was the film I used in the 60’s and 70’s so I am experimenting with a digital variation.

I don’t seem to have any old photos of heads so it’s hard to compare this with an original. Probably a good thing. It was the 60’s after all.

Country Store Closing Time

My good fortune to have a camera in hand.

Closing Time At The Country Store - Click To Enlarge
Closing Time At The Country Store – Click To Enlarge

These shots are way beyond my comfort zone. Too close to portrait work for me. But I do get satisfaction when it works.  I must give credit to the cat here.

Closing Time At The Country Store - Click To Enlarge
Closing Time At The Country Store – Click To Enlarge

I don’t know how long she was napping on the merchandise, however I’m pretty sure no quilts were sold that day.

Closing Time At The Country Store - Click To Enlarge
Closing Time At The Country Store – Click To Enlarge

The wood and sun through the side windows allowed me to pull the soft honey tones. On one hand more light might have helped, but I would have lost the feeling here.

 

Contrast And Grain

Some images don’t fit a current theme or subject, or maybe they just stand on their own. I have taken many photographs because the subject felt right, but the photo needed to be put aside for a future article.

I think these fit into that category. I do like the feel of each one. Color detracts from the pictures here, it’s all about ‘Contrast and Grain’.

Please click an image for a larger view to display the small details.

Connecticut State Library
Connecticut State Library

Light brown stone and water stains give the statues of learning on the Connecticut State Library a softer tone than the stark and glaring brightness seen on a sunny day.

Country Barn In Monochrome
Country Barn In Monochrome

An old and weathered barn in a monochrome look brings out all the feeling of the rough wood.

Old Pier Window In Black And White
Old Pier Window In Black And White

When this window photo was viewed in color it meant little, a discard for sure. However, after it was processed in a black and white the rain splattered dirt, cob webs, and even old insects were completely clear. I’m sure this is one you either love or hate. I have had both reactions evenly.

Pier Pylon In Monochrome
Pier Pylon In Monochrome

Last here is a simple pier pylon waiting for one of the tall ships usually tied up here in the Mystic repair yard. There are a few hints of color, everything is low toned.

Comments are available on this article and I would be interested to see if I am the only one who likes this type of work.

 

 

 

 

Flowers Gone By

When I am in a flower garden, especially a large one, I take hundreds of photos. Sometimes 3 or 4 of the exact same composition at different exposures just to be sure I have it right.

However, I also have a hard time deleting perfectly good photographs. Even if I have several the same.

Today was the day to clear out some of these old files. I got side tracked as usual. I found myself changing an image’s look to go from a bright and vibrant flower at its peak, to be subdued and past its prime.

Flowers Gone By
Flowers Gone By
Flowers Gone By
Flowers Gone By

Typically I try not to change any photographs to be something that was not what I saw in the first place. Just a preference and besides I’m not that creative.

Flowers Gone By
Flowers Gone By

Now I also have an excuse not to delete all the files.

 

Colt & The Church Of The Good Shepherd (1)

In 1867 the Church Of The Good Shepherd was opened in memorial to Sam Colt, Colt Firearms, and their three decease children by his wife Elizabeth. Today the church is on the Historic Registry and still serves the people of Hartford Connecticut.

Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut
Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut

The church building is close by to the original Colt factory building and Colt factory housing in downtown Hartford. It was designed by Edward Tucker Potter a well know architect at the time. Several others buildings designed by Potter are also on the National Historic Register.

Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut
Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut

The outside of the church includes small design elements that represent the Colt family and their famous firearms.

Inside the church is like a museum of incredible stained glass windows, hand carved wood, and high arch ceilings.

Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut
Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut

We were given the unique opportunity, and honor, of a photo shoot here. There really is no way to describe this beautiful building, but we have tried to show it through our photography.

Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut
Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut

In order to display the remarkable stained glass, long views of highly polished wood, and the  awe-inspiring colors we shot in darkness using only the outside light filtered through the stained glass.

Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut
Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut

We were able to capture much of the beauty of this church and a  series of 3 articles will be posted here.