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Tropical Flowers – Something Different Here

Not everything we photograph has fur or feathers. Only about 99% do.

These images presented an entirely different challenge for me. Patience and planned composition. Nothing flying by at 100 miles per hour.

Tropical Flower
Tropical Flower

I did enjoy trying to capture the visual under the water as well as the plant. The still water helped me here. Typically I don’t see things like this as I photograph.

Tropical Flower
Tropical Flower

This plant captured water and held it for the flowers as they bloomed. The sun shining in the stem caught my eye.

Tropical Flower
Tropical Flower

Now that spring has come to New England I should stop and pay more attention things other than ‘critters’.

Monochrome New England Whaler

New England Whaler
New England Whaler

Last week, as part of a challenge, I created this photo in Black and White.

Time constraints didn’t allow me to finish all my shots, however I did want to post this one.

The scene is a restored Whaling ship docked behind two period houses. The ship here is the ‘Morgan’. I believe this is the last  Whaler of its kind.

Growing up in NYC history like this was only in books. I guess that’s why this simple image fascinates me.

Monochrome Photos Challenge

Castle Ruins
Castle Ruins

Old ruins seem to me to be a good candidate for black and white. These ruins were on a hill top over looking the Rhine river in Germany.

There is a stretch of river along the northern Rhine that has over 25 old ruins. Some have been restored, most have not. Many of these castles fell to Louis XIV in the 1670s when France annexed parts of the German border.

Using monochrome here gives a sense of a dark dreary sky and shadows where it was actually a bright and sunny day.

Due to a prior commitment all I can do are 3 Monochrome days. Not only has this been fun but it has reminded me of the 35mm days and how B&W can change the entire direction of a photo.

Thanks for the push to monochrome John Etheridge.

Monochrome Photos Challenge – Day 2

Day 1 turned out to be better than expected. Maybe not the quality of the shot, but I believe the message was heard.

Day 2 has no message. If you find one get help.

Crypt Speyer Cathedral Germany
Crypt Speyer Cathedral Germany

The cathedral in Speyer Germany is not as large as some of the more famous Gothic ones in Europe. However it is the largest Romanesque cathedral.

Construction began in 1024, the consecration was 1061. There are 8 Holy German Emperors buried here. The image above is one of the smaller side entrances to a crypt.

 

Dividend Pond In HDR

Getting color and balance in an image with water and bright sky can be impossible. A camera sensor is not nearly as complete as the human eye. In most shots like the ones here something will suffer.

HDR, High Dynamic Range, images help solve the problem. An HDR image is basically 3 images combined together into a single image. One is taken at correct exposure, one a bit lower, a third higher. Combined and the highs and lows balance with a correct exposure.  In the right situation of course.

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I’m still working on when I want to use HDR. Merging 3 images means only landscape shots since there can be no movement between each photo. I also don’t want to ‘over cook’ any photos either during the developing (post process).

Now that we have sun I will need to practice. HDR takes some setup and I usually am photographing things as they run by. I guess it will force me to slow down.

Waterfall Adventure

I called this an adventure because it was the perfect time to find and photograph these falls. It was also probably the worst.

We have talked about finding a way to get close to these falls for some time now. They are in sight of US highway 91 north and for years we commented on ‘need to find a way in’ as we drove past. Finally we did.

However we went after a rain, ice was still on some rocks, and there were no paths. It was slippery fall leaves, shale rocks, and a steep climb (down and up). Obviously we did it anyway. Certainly not the right choice, however we did finally get to photograph the falls.
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I Prefer My Mansions Haunted

The Harkness Mansion in Connecticut is an incredibly beautiful building. There are also large Victorian style gardens, open fields, marsh lands, and it’s topped off with rolling waves on a  rocky beach. Something for everyone. This is all part of the Harkness state park we photographed a few months ago.

I visited this time on a bright and sunny winter day. However there were a few shots that just seemed to need a different presentation. So here I have tried to have a ‘haunted’ mansion feel.

Harkness Mansion Connecticut
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Harkness Mansion Connecticut
Harkness Mansion Connecticut

 

Lately I’ve been slowly adding the short lens back into my photography.  Like the shots here, it is back to the basics. Compose the picture, set the camera, use multiple shots and exposure, then process back in the office.

Typically I have myself set up with a long telephoto lens, mounted on a monopod, and a sling pack of misc. stuff. I photograph anything that blinks!

Part of me likes how much more territory is available in the view finder. How lightweight everything is and there is no mad rush to get the shot right.

Still I am positive a once in a life time wildlife picture, say an Eagle in a top hat riding a Moose in  pajamas, will present itself and I will not be ready.