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Man-Made Bubbling Waters

Photographing flowing and bubbling water fountains and other such man-made scenes is fun. Here are some examples I made recently in North Carolina.

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Walking Greensboro on a Quiet Sunday

The absolute best time to visit cities is, for me, on a weekend when there are lots of parking spaces and just enough “folks” to make it interesting. I always find interesting things of which to point my camera; each time I’m there seeing it all in new perspectives. Telling a story with as few words through photography is typically my objective. Such as …

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Getting Down with your Camera

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The term “getting down” was, when I was a much younger man, common slang used to reflect perhaps wild and excessive celebration or other actions by individuals or a group which might be pressing the boundaries of polite or decent behavior. Today, I’m no longer interested in wild or excessive behavior, so when I say “getting down” I am referring to lowering my body closer to the ground. Unfortunately, when I make photos and wish to lower my angle of view my body has a very difficult time “getting down” to the desired level, creaky knee joints and all. But, fortunately I have a camera with a rotating, swivel LCD screen that allows me to simply bend over, hold my camera down to knee level and then rotate the screen to horizontal. Look what I can achieve. I really like this photo and I hope you do too.

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2014 in Flowers, Landscape

 

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Colors at a Vineyard

Besides the obvious enjoyment derived from the “product” of vineyards worldwide, there is much to be gained in the way photo opportunities. The Commonwealth of Virginia and the State of North Carolina are home to many great vineyards, each with their own distinctive type and quality of wine. When the weather gets hot, and summertime flowers begin to bloom, one can find lots of “color” in between the rows of grape vines, and in the surrounding area. Here are several examples I made recently at Autumn Creek Vineyard near Madison, NC.

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Posted by on July 14, 2014 in Flowers

 

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Welcoming Entrances

It’s a good idea when you find an interesting photographic subject, to try and find other similar subjects that together might form an interesting collection of compositions. When I saw the first scene at the main entrance to a large financial institution’s main entrance in Greensboro, NC, with the shiny brass doors with plate glass reflections on either side, I liked the uniqueness of the scene. I then looked for other similarly interesting building entrances as I walked about the streets. This collection is what resulted.

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High Rise Greensboro

I took a new wide-angle camera lens with me to the central business district in Greensboro, NC to focus on several subjects, one being the high rise buildings located there. Compared to other mid-size cities, Greensboro may not have as many tall buildings, but one thing it does have is a fun city center with lots of friendly places to eat and drink, and to share with others a nice weekend day with close-by parking and acceptable crowds. In short, I like it! Share with me some of what I saw the day I visited over the July 4th weekend.

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Posted by on July 9, 2014 in Architecture

 

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Up on the Mountain

I am very fortunate to live as close as I do to the Blue Ridge Mountain chain of peaks and valleys. It’s a scenic and historic area, full of sights that make one smile. I visit there frequently, always with my camera, and when I depart for lower elevations at home I say a word of thanks for what I have seen and experienced that day. Enjoy these scenes.

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Posted by on July 7, 2014 in Landscape

 

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Hot Flowers

These colors are indeed HOT! Summertime hot. I have to make photos like these when I can because they will not be around much longer this year. Enjoy!

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Posted by on July 4, 2014 in Close Up, Flowers

 

A Little Bit of Greenery

This spring we’ve had lots of rain in SW Virginia and that made the vegetation green and lush. Now that July has arrived it’s much hotter and dryer, so the green colors may turn to yellow and brown. I hope not. My camera lens loves “green.” I made these images while walking around our neighborhood. The Magnolia blossoms are about gone for the year, and I can’t stop making photos thereof. I love the “color softness” of those flowers!

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Posted by on July 2, 2014 in Close Up, Flowers

 

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Paths

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I discovered this nice view while driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway, about 15 miles south of Roanoke. What made me look was the winding dirt road that led to a small house, sitting in a location that to me looked like a place I could quickly grow to love, were I to live there. It was a “path” that led my eye to a destination which I could see—the house. Other paths in life may not be so obvious, such as in the photo below.

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Here, the hiking path leads into a deeply wooded area which could contain challenges and obstacles unseen. Still, we usually discount the unseen and enter down paths such as this because we have faith that we’ll be safe regardless. I like this photo composition because of what we can’t see in it. We can imagine, and that’s one thing about photography that means a lot to me.

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2014 in Landscape

 

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