April

Nov 112017
 

Last night in bed I heard what I thought was rain. In the morning, I saw instead it had been the sound of leaves falling as temperatures plunged below freezing. Our back yard and flower beds were covered in a carpet of gold. Not long after sunrise under overcast skies, it was too dark to take pictures. Then it began to snow.

After breakfast, I bundled up and went for a walk around the neighborhood with my camera. Still snowing, there was no wind—only quiet. Underfoot were leaves of green, yellow, and red, lightly blanketed with white. Pristine. Not yet trampled by pedestrians; just a few footprints.

Though I’d been a little disappointed at not being able to photograph my first impressions of gold, during that walk I discovered a different kind of beauty—and hope you enjoy these images.

[Click on any image to view large as a slideshow.]

Dec 012015
 

Start fresh this coming Spring with a workshop in Miksang contemplative photography. I’m delighted to be able to offer “Opening the Good Eye” once again in the rich and vibrant city of Asheville, North Carolina, April 21–24, 2016.

Early-bird registration discounts are in effect through January 1st, 2016 and class size is limited to 10. For more information, view the Asheville flyer or visit the registration page. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

May 042015
 

I am so delighted with my new camera system, the Olympus OM-D EM-1. Half the weight of my Nikon D300 with an equivalent lens (purchased 7 years ago), it alleviates a shoulder problem that developed from hefting it so many, many times a day to take pictures.

I found these flowers on my birthday walk. The images are unedited in JPEG format, except for resizing.

Birthday Flowers №1

Birthday Flowers №2

Feb 162015
 

I am excited to be able to offer “Opening the Good Eye: An Introduction to Contemplative Photography” in Chicago, Illinois on June 11-14, 2015. Classes and field trips will take place in the north side neighborhoods of Rogers park and Evanston.

Fees are discounted for Early Bird registration, and class size is limited. For more details view the Chicago flyer, and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Red Camera

Jan 162015
 

Birds on a Wire

Flock No2 ©2014 April Siegfried

For three days I watched this flock gather each morning on the same set of poles and wires, and stay into the afternoon. (The overflow crowd spilled onto the next set of poles down the road.)

A cashier in the local drugstore said they’d been doing that for a couple of days before I arrived in Asheville to visit family for the holidays.

On the fourth day the birds were gone.

What you can’t hear through this image was the noise of their constant chatter. It was an astonishing, wondrous experience!

Aug 082014
 

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I’m testing a new layout and some WordPress plugins which will (hopefully) make it easier for me to post more often. “Simplify, simplify, simplify” is my current mantra. I’d love to hear if you run into any issues or have other feedback as I change things up.

May 162014
 

Crabapple Tree ©2014 April Siegfried

Spring has finally arrived in Chicago, after a long and unusually harsh winter.

Yes, these are “flowers”—so difficult to see and photograph in a way that is fresh, that’s not similar to the thousands of images already housed in the data banks of our mind’s eye. Their abundant beauty is so welcome, however, that I can’t help but try to express that experience.

Click on any image above to view large as slide show (with 5 second pause between each.)

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Crabapple Tree
Panasonic DMC-FZ40; 1/25 sec @ f7.1, ISO 100 (handheld);
Focal length: 8.5mm (47mm EFL)

Crabapple Flowers
Nikon D300 ; 1/125 sec (handheld);
AF-S Nikkor 18-200 mm f/3.5–5.6 G ED plus
Canon 500D Close-Up Lens

May 152014
 

Sometimes I get all tied up in knots about my images. Is it interesting enough to shoot, good enough to share? Is that really the color I saw when I was there?

And sometimes it’s fun to just relax and play.

Here I came across someone else’s playtime, but I got to enjoy it too.

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Nikon D300; f11, ISO 200 (handheld);
AF-S Nikkor 18-200 mm f/3.5–5.6 G ED

May 102014
 

Fog №3

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Nikon D300; 1/145 sec @ f11, ISO 250 (handheld);
18-200 mm f/3.5–5.6 @ 105mm (157mm EFL); focus distance 33.5m

This wasn’t exactly what I “expected” to see on a foggy morning in spring. Once I let go of those ideas and realized what I was seeing, however, I had great fun on this walk.

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