Apr 012011

{click image to view large}

I came across this subject in the courtyard of a fabulous place called “Architectural Artifacts“, where they generously let me roam and take pictures to my heart’s content. Propped upright against a fence, it was perhaps 15 feet tall and I have no idea what it is.  🙂

An 80,000 square foot complex on three levels packed with oddities, Architectural Artifacts is my new bad weather go-to location.

Nikon D300; f8 @ 1/250sec, ISO 400 (handheld);
18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 18mm (27mm EFL); focus distance .79m

Mar 222011

{click image to view large}

This is another subject photographed in the same location as Barrel №1. I’d taken some hand held shots the day before, but upon reviewing them decided to return with my tripod. I also took along a collapsible reflector to help throw light into the deep shadows, but actually ended up using it to block the rising sun. Even so, I caught a bit of flare—which fortunately seems to belong in the scene.

Nikon D300; f13 @ 1/6sec, ISO 200 (Neotech tripod);
18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 65mm (97mm EFL); focus distance 1.5m

Mar 052011

{click image to view large}

Nikon D300; f11 @ 1/125sec, ISO 900 (handheld);
18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 60mm (90mm EFL); focus distance 1.33m

Just Passing Through
{click image to view large}

Nikon D300; f11 @ 1/125sec, ISO 720
18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 35mm (52mm EFL); focus distance 2.66m

Rediscovered while “cleaning house”, this pair of images was photographed last September when our neighborhood streets and sidewalks were under construction. I wonder if the workmen were annoyed…

Jan 132011

{click image to view large}

Another find on the side of a dumpster in Asheville, North Carolina. This back street gave me a lot of presents to delight in over Christmas.

Lumix DMC-FZ40; f5 @ 1/60sec, ISO 400 (handheld);
Focal length: 9.2mm (60mm EFL)

Jan 022011

{click image to view large}

Seen the day after Christmas—red and white!

Nikon D300; f8 @ 1/125sec, ISO 200 (handheld);
18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 90mm (135mm EFL); subject distance 14.96m

Jan 022011

{click image to view large}

Walking behind stores of a small shopping mall in Asheville, North Carolina, the hues and patterns of this door to a loading bay caught my eye through the falling snow.

I’m grateful to each of you who took the time to stop by this past year—for your comments and encouragement. Happy New Year, everyone!

Nikon D300; f8 @ 1/180sec, ISO 900 (handheld);
18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 200mm (300mm EFL); subject distance 14.96m

Dec 152010

A pattern of shadows.

{click image to view large}

Cleaning house, this is one from the archives I couldn’t quite bring myself to delete.

Though I often walk past this location, on that October morning the sunlight made a shadow pattern I’d never noticed before—and haven’t seen since.

New possibilities are always unfolding, even in familiar surroundings.

Lumix DMC-FZ40; f8 @ 1/125sec, ISO 80 (handheld);
Focal length: 22.3mm (135mm EFL)

Nov 262010

In morning sidelight, shadows play off the rivets of a metal door.

Silver Door
{click image to view large}

Nikon D300; f8.0 @ 1/180sec, ISO 200 (handheld);
18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 28mm (42mm EFL); subject distance 1.5m

In morning sidelight, shadows play off the lattice bars of a metal gate.

Green Gate
{click image to view large}

Nikon D300; f11.0 @ 1/130sec, ISO 200 (handheld);
18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 200mm (300mm EFL); subject distance 3.76m

Only 20°F outside, so it’s a good day to process older photographs.

Though I must have passed these subjects in a back alley many times before, on this particular September morning they jumped out at me. I’m learning we can pass the same things over and over, but their appearance is constantly changing.


Oct 132010

Arching milkweed tufts artfully arranged on the ground.

{click image to view large}

Just the other day… I spent a happy three hours of the morning taking photographs in a nearby park which features wetlands and a lagoon. I was surprised to discover over a hundred geese “sleeping”  in the marsh  before sunrise. Panning to capture geese in takeoff will take a lot more practice to pull off well. 😉

Meanwhile, here’s one scene I photographed while looking down instead of up.

Lumix DMC-FZ40; f/5.6 @ 1/50sec, ISO 400 (handheld);
Focal length: 25mm (139mm EFL)

Aug 212010

Exposed bed springs against a colorful felt.

{click image to view large}

Another find on a different day, in the alleyways of our neighborhood.

It’s a little creepy to be walking alone in those venues with a nice camera, but also a bit like traveling to a different city and exploring with fresh eyes.

Nikon D300; f/8.0 @ 1/125sec, ISO 2500 (handheld);
18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 105mm (157mm EFL); focus distance .90m