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Letters

Making photos is not always about sunsets and landscapes. How about just “letters” of the alphabet? Examples below. Use your imagination and creative eye when you click the shutter. By the way, the term “Crooked Road” on the first image (a Tee-shirt) relates to a Blue Ridge road that goes through the center of the Bluegrass music heritage area of the region. Lots of signs, tee-shirts, hats and such seen all about the area.

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Lines

One common subject I focused on during a recent photo trip. “Lines.”

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Painting the Wall with Sunshine

There is a 1920s era song titled “Painting the Clouds with Sunshine” which, since I had just recently listened to it on my iPhone, served as my inspiration to title this post. I was planning to publish these two images I made recently in Danville, Virginia’s historic Tobacco District, and was thinking of how to introduce it all on my photoblog. It came to me in a flash. One or more artists had indeed painted the upper walls on this old brick building with “sunshine” and that resulted in many smiles from passers-by I am sure. I am always glad to see business owners and local governments strive to improve the appearance of their central business districts, which in some cases may have declined over the years. This colorful work of art really did the job in that regard!

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Lighting the Way

Seen below are “lights” which illuminate the way into many homes and business today, just as they have done for centuries. When I see one I like I typically look for others. This day I found two which I felt had some photographic interest. Composition is important for these type images. Get close and make sure your camera is focused and exposed correctly. But, most important is to make the photo tell a story by itself if at all possible.

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Looking for Colors

I often like to pick a specific subject when I look for nice things to photograph. Sometimes it’s old buildings, signs, doors and windows, landscapes, or people and animals. On my last photo trip I was looking for “colors.” I was lucky because I found lots of nice colorful images. Here are the best ones. Sometimes “luck” helps, as in the case of the pigeon and the balloons. Enjoy!

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Nature’s Beauty

I can’t help but marvel at the beauty I often find in simple, close-up compositions of various photographic subjects I find in nature. God’s handiwork for sure. My point is that when you go about with your camera in hand or pocket, whether it be your mobile phone or a traditional model, look for compositions that others might overlook in their haste to move along or to find some spectacular view of a majestic landscape or the warm feelings conveyed by a setting or rising sun. Be different! There are many, many possible images just waiting for someone like you to record them for posterity — or your Facebook page. Here are some examples I made recently.

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Posted by on February 27, 2014 in Artistic and Creative, Close Up

 

Similar Color, Different Background

On a recent photo trip I found two interesting subjects and made these two images. The obvious similarity is the red-orange color of the central object, but what made both special in my view was the contrasting backgrounds in each. Always keep a “photographic eye” out for things you see as you travel about. By the way, the photo with the “leaf” was taken next to a cemetery, and the leaf itself is artificial, apparently having been blown off an arrangement next to a gravesite.

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Posted by on January 15, 2014 in Artistic and Creative, Close Up

 

One Man’s Junk, Another Man’s Treasure

I often try to see items as they might appear in black and white when I make photos, and some of those items quite frankly might be considered by some as “junk.” But to me they become treasures when I look at the compositions that result. This is the great benefit of photography today. One can “create” with a simple or complex camera. Here are several recent examples I made.

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Posted by on December 27, 2013 in Artistic and Creative, Close Up

 

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Christmas in the House

One thing is for sure, when December arrives my creative wife Barb starts to unpack the inside Christmas decorations she places around the house. Outside decorations, limited as they are, have become my job, along with hauling up the artificial Christmas tree upon which the lights sometimes work, sometimes not. Anyway, this Christmas season I thought it might be nice to share some of these treasures we have accumulated over the years. Many of the decorations were purchased when we were stationed with the Army in West Germany during the 1980s. Each are carefully packed away when the holidays are over, waiting for next year when they will again be displayed for all to enjoy. Merry Christmas!

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Selective Shadows

When the sun starts to lower in the sky during the late afternoon ome can often see some interesting patterns and colors with shadows that really make for some interesting photographs. As I go out with my camera, I often take several topical photos (for example interesting shadows) so that I can later group them into a brief photo essay that focuses on that specific criteria. It’s all about “seeing” things that many people may miss. Be creative!

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