Aug 022011

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…which so easily go unnoticed in our everyday life.

This was photographed in morning light while making the bed on vacation in a “Mountain Hideaway”.

I’m discovering that it’s easier to notice such details when on vacation.  🙂

Now my question is how to view everyday life as an ongoing vacation, which one source defines as “an extended period of recreation.” That seems especially apt!

Panasonic DMC-FZ40; f4.5 @ 1/30 sec, ISO 400 (handheld);
Focal length: 10.2mm (67mm EFL)

Jun 072011


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Walls and viaducts supporting elevated trains are ubiquitous in Chicago. In my walks, I’m fascinated by their colors, textures and the tenacity of plant life which attaches itself on or in close proximity.

There’s an oddly organic quality to these hard, concrete structures…

Panasonic DMC-FZ40; f5.6 @ 1/40 sec, ISO 100 (handheld);
Focal length: 5.1mm (28mm EFL)

May 252011

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During my walks through the back alleys of our neighborhood, this wall keeps drawing my eye—especially in soft light. Is it the color, texture, or age? I finally decided to stop thinking about it, and simply capture to share as best I can.

“…to express the inexpressible” is part of a quotation ascribed to the photographer Alvin Langdon Coburn. That may be what we are all trying to do with our photography, and my mistake is in trying to validate the resonance with words.

Nikon D300; f11 @ 1/180 sec, ISO 500 (handheld);
18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 135mm (202mm EFL); focus distance 33.5m

Mar 232011

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Continuing the series…

Nikon D300; f9.5 @ 1/30sec, ISO 200 (Neotech tripod);
18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 48mm (72mm EFL); focus distance .89m

Dec 142010

Textured patterns and colors underfoot.

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Photographed near noon on a clear day, with sidewalks wet from snowmelt. The light was so contrasty I could only see black and white textures, but the camera also saw rainbows of color.

Nikon D300; f8 @ 1/8000sec, ISO 200 (handheld);
18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 95mm (142mm EFL); subject distance 5.96m

Sep 202010

Peeling paint in pastel hues.


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Nikon D300; f/8.0 @ 1/125sec, ISO 2500 (handheld);
18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 35mm (52mm EFL); subject distance .5m

Peeling paint in muted hues.


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Nikon D300; f/8.0 @ 1/125sec, ISO 2000 (handheld);
18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 95mm (142mm EFL); subject distance .71m