What couldn’t be a better way to spend a vacation?
Leaning back in a chair on a wonderful sunny afternoon in Hawaii. Not a worry crossing my mind. Holding a beautiful glass of Cabernet up to the light. Gazing at those wonderful bubbles. And sharing it with the one I love! What a great day!
Brilliant beauty is everywhere. This single red maple leaf, edges covered with hoarfrost, made me stop in my tracks. It was just hanging there waiting for me to discover. Just a few ice crystals held it captured on the branch. After taking several photos, I turned around to look for other treasures. I glanced back, the red was not there. The leaf had fallen to the ground.
“Red, White, and Green … the Natural Colors of Western Washington”
When you see RED, SHOOT. This little advice from John Barclay sticks in my mind. Fall has a multitude of color contrasts. A red maple leaf always catches my eye. I saw “Greeting Card” written all over this image when I snapped the shutter.
A fallen red leaf nestles into a bed of green, getting ready for a long winter’s sleep
Red Maple/Yellow Ginko – Washington Japanese Garden
This is what fall color is all about. I was able to photograph in the Washington Japanese Garden almost at its prime this fall. Colors were gorgeous everywhere. This particular scene caught my eye contrasting the brilliant reds and yellows,
I am taking an on-line course, “The Compelling Frame” by Dave duChemin. My focus for this excursion was to explore how different types of light created different effects. Here, the soft mid-morning light set the colors of these trees on fire. I am always searching and exploring ways to help me progress through my never-ending journey in photography. I strongly recommend Dave duChemin’s course.
Fuji X-T1, XF10-24mm @24mm. f/22. 1/13 sec, ISO 1600
The sky was very dark and covered with clouds. The landscape was very dark and covered with shadows. Then for a few seconds the sun popped out in a small gap in the clouds. The landscape opened up its arms for me to enjoy. The three hour drive starting at 3:00 AM to catch the sunrise was worth it!
Canon 7D MkII, EF100-400mm 3.5-5.6L IS @ 400mm, f/7.1, 1/1250 sec, ISO 1600
A couple of days ago, I took a couple of hours to visit Peace Valley Park to try to get a couple of nature shots. As I arrived, three bus loads of kids arrived for a field trip. There went my opportunity to get any wildlife shots with all the noise. It was a great day for the kids though. So I put my camera to my side and just enjoyed the walk in the woods.
When I got back to the nature center, I thought I would try the bird blind. It provided a good spot to try out my new 100-400mm zoom and the low noise and fast shutter speed performance of my new Canon 7D MkII. I was pleased with both.
Fuji X-T1, XF18-135mm @ 135mm, f/5.6, 1/20 sec, ISO 400
Today’s message is very simple: “If it is RED … Shoot!” So I did.
Lesson Learned: The image is not as sharp as I want it to be due to the low shutter speed. I had a lot of room to increase the ISO sensitivity. I just was not paying attention. When I am walking around doing “hand-held” shooting, I fall back to shooting “snap-shots” instead of taking my time to optimize the image. Take my time!!!!
Fuji X-T1, XF18-135mm @ 44mm, f/11, 1/320 sec, ISO 250
Does this look a little familiar? Sometimes one gets lucky. This image is a multiple exposure of the St. Augustine lighthouse combined with a B&W version of yesterday’s post. I thought that that the unknown swirl image posted yesterday would make a good texture background for something. I combined it with an image taken just a few frames earlier. Magic happens sometimes.
Lesson Learned: Take what each moment brings you and cherish it.
Fuji X-T1, XF18-135mm @ 83mm, f/11, 1/170 sec, ISO 1600
The red twig dogwood adds a little color to the cold winter scene in our backyard perennial garden. Of course, when I see red, I shoot. During our walks in our backyard, Karen and I usually stop here and spend a quiet moment or two. The bench is tucked in between shrubs and trees. It is a nice private place in the middle of our wide open area. Each spring I prune the dogwoods down to about 12 inches above the ground. New shoots pop up to create a 5-6 foot bush each year. Along with our winterberries, the dogwood provides a bright red contrast to the winter landscape.