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!
Category Archives: Artistic and Creative
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
I love small towns. Especially those that have found ways to remain economically sound in terms maintaining a vibrant city shopping center. Main Street in Stuart, Virginia, located in the high foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, on a busy Saturday, is a perfect example. Visiting the town with my wife one weekend, I wandered around making photos of various things I saw, while she shopped for materials with which to make more of her wonderful quilts. Nothing special about any of these photos but I believe they give one a sense of the welcoming nature of the town.
Over time I have developed a “photographic habit” of always looking for patterns, textures, design and simple objects which I think might make for an interesting composition. The key is to be able to focus in and compose a scene in the camera’s viewfinder that shows something special and perhaps interesting. I think the first photo below shows best what I am talking about. This was the entrance to a store front, but by focusing in on just a small part of the entrance way where I could frame several different colors and patterns, I got something different. The second photo is a perspective view of the front windows to a Mexican restaurant, with a brightly painted stucco front. The last one with the birds is simply the result seeing a large decorative design on one wall of a deli we were eating lunch in one day, and focusing in on just a small portion of the artwork design. This is all about having fun with your camera, but doing so with a purpose.
There is no question that good lighting can make a photo special, even when it’s a simple subject. Here are two examples, one man-made and one natural (sunlight). I really like the simple nature of our back porch light on a rainy evening. So much warmth. The sunlight was reflected in a special way on “weed” type plant I saw in a field late one afternoon. It made the weed stand out in a special way. See the light when you make photos!
Fieldale Virginia near our home was once a vibrant, prosperous community, and today it still is, but in a far different way. In 1916 Marshall Field who started the famous department store in Chicago purchased the site which was previously Waller’s Ford and built Fieldcrest Mills which became one of the largest textile companies in the region. The intent was to have a direct, quality supply of textiles for the department store. Over the years the Fieldcrest brand become one of the most respected in the United States, however economics and other factors eventually led to the decline of the textile industry in the south. There is today a large amount of pride in the accomplishments of those who worked for decades in Fieldale; and to celebrate that history, residents annually conduct a weekend long festival. For me, it’s a treasure trove of photographic images, several of which I have included here.