Monthly Archives: January 2018

Contemplative Photography Lesson

Sunlit Entryway – Yakima, WA

I have been working to develop my process for contemplative photography.  My assignment today was to take a walk with a fresh open mind not looking for any specific thing to photograph.  The practice objective was to just wander and let the world around me catch my eye.  If something caught my eye, I needed to keep my mind open, take my time, and explore specifically what was it that captured my eye, what was important, and what was not.  Only then I could raise my camera and frame the image.

Walking along Front Street, I saw a bright orange flash that stopped me dead in my tracks.  It was in stark contrast with the surrounding area of old stucco and bricks. Shadows from a metal gate added to the contrast.  Soft mottled shadows from a street tree graced its surface.  The vertical bars of the gate framed the brilliant orange.  What a wonderful gift I was given.

A Different Way of Looking

Sandhill Crane Landing Abstract

Last spring I took 3500 images of Sandhill Cranes near Othello, WA in a 3-day period.  After the trip, I quickly went through and picked a couple of my favorites.  Today, I decided to go back and pick out a few more of my best images.  I found this one of a crane landing in a field.  I used an equivalent of a 600mm lens, but still did not get a good close-up.  This image was further enlarged by a factor of 4.  As expected, the resultant image was not very sharp.

So what can you do with a fuzzy image???  Why not try an abstract processing method.  I used Topaz Impression to get this result.

Lesson Learned:  Don’t take so many darn images.  It is a real pain to review 3500 images. (I am still not done.)  I took a break to post this one.

For reference, below is my original image:

Love Triangle

“The Rest of the Story”

Here is the rest of the romantic story from yesterdays post.  The male on the right is the one that is working bringing in the materials for the nest.  The one on the left is the one who is having the fun.  The female in the middle innocently looks on.  Oh well!

An Unhappy Pair

Nesting Blue Herons – Florida

One year ago, I and a couple of great friends were getting ready to go down to Florida to photograph at the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival. I am not a wildlife photographer, even though I work hard at it when I get a chance. What I enjoy the most is just watching the bird or animal behavior.  If a good image comes to me, I will gladly receive it.

We watched this pair of herons at a wetlands reserve between Titusville and Orlando.  They had quite an interesting behavior pattern.  The female (the one behind) was not a very faithful partner.  The male would leave the female to gather more twigs to build the nest.  While he was away, another male would fly in and mate with the female.  The first male would see the other and rush in with his beak filled with a branch chasing the second male away.  He would stay in the nest with ruffled feathers for a while, then go back out and collect more branches.  As soon as he left, the other male would fly back in.  This occurred over and over while we watched the show. 

I may be imagining this, to me it looks like the male in the foreground looks a little pissed off, while the female looks a little bored and disgruntled.

Need a Little Brightness!

Chihuly Museum of Glass, Seattle, WA

It is a dreary winter day today.  I needed a little brightness and whimsey.  I looked to the brilliant display of Chihuly glass at the Seattle Museum of Glass.  To add a little more energy, here is a 9-image vertical pan combined into a single image.  Let your imagination flow!

Playing With Fall Colors

Washington Arboretum, Seattle

I constantly look over my previous images to review how I have achieved a certain look so I can improve on it.  Today I was reviewing my images for examples of pulling a viewer into the frame through the illusion of depth.  Well, this image has nothing to do with that, but it still caught my eye.

The image is a double exposure of a couple of maples in their fall glory.  They had strong dark branches with the leaves receiving side lighting.  I was in a light playful mood, so I tried a double exposure.  I like the way it came out.

Happy New Year

“Fire in the Sky” – Heather Heights Sunrise

Today is the sunrise of a bright New Year.  For me, each New Year is full of hope, opportunities, explorations and adventures.  It is a time to enjoy and nourish family.  It is a fresh start to make new friends, renew past friendships, and continue great experiences with old friends. Each New Year is an instigator to renew my “inner self”, rethink what is most important in life, learn and explore new things, and thank the Lord for His gift of each new day and live it to its fullest.

Happy New Year 2018!