It is so easy to fall into a safe place, and when you do your work will suffer.
I felt it was time to mix other styles back into the site.
Photographed in an old garden, South Carolina plantation.
After dawn the summer sun can be blinding on open water. This photograph was taken with the harsh morning light off to my right and shooting into shadows.
Rather than even think about forcing color the intent was for plain B&W, high contrast. The fog helped, which I of course never considered.
Most images of a Rose are all about color. I wanted to try having the photograph rely on the flower and shape onyl, no colors at all. My first try was boring. Softening, and a diffusion gave it a little character.
Note: The heat is keeping me inside until end of day. Swamps and marshes are having tropical heat right now, which is why we have such diverse wildlife. It also cooks photographers. With luck I can catch up on my photographs.
I shot this in the small cemetery down the alley in a small church yard. The man’s life out lined on the marker was fascinating. Especially given the time he traveled this much. He was 10 at the time of the US Civil War.
Anyway, read the stone below, then the text provided by Wikipedia. I had no idea the incredible life this man lived.
Edward Henry Strobel (December 7, 1855 – January 15, 1908) was a United States diplomat and a scholar in international law.
Strobel was born in Charleston, South Carolina on December 7, 1855. He was educated at Harvard College and at Harvard Law School. He was admitted to the New York bar in 1883. In 1885 he was appointed Secretary of the Legation of the United States to Spain, serving until 1890.
Based on notes from his period in Madrid, Strobel wrote a book on the Spanish revolution in 1868. Strobel returned to become Third Assistant Secretary of State in Washington, D.C. during 1893-1894. He served as U.S. Minister to Ecuador in 1894, and to Chile from 1894 to 1897. He returned to Boston in 1898 to become the Bemis Professor of International Law.
In 1903 Strobel took a leave of absence to represent the Kingdom of Siam at the International Peace Court in The Hague in 1903. In 1906 he moved to Bangkok to become the American Adviser in Foreign Affairs to the government King Chulalongkorn of Siam.
Edward Strobel died in Bangkok, Siam on January 15, 1908. He had suffered blood poisoning after a long illness that started with the bite of an insect in Egypt two years earlier. He was cremated in a ceremony on February 5, at which King Chulalongkorn himself lighted the funeral pyre. There is a memorial stone dedicated to Strobel in the churchyard of the Unitarian Church in his hometown Charleston, South Carolina. (Wikipedia)