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Pickin’ Up Dirt Thing

I spent most of my professional life working around “dirt” in some fashion, having spent almost 30 years as an Army Engineer at home and abroad. Thus when our two girls were young they listened to me talk about what I was doing, and sometimes saw first hand what that was. One of them coined the term “pickin’up dirt thing” to refer to any sort of heavy construction equipment they saw. Recently, we hired a local construction guy to come demolish our in-ground swimming pool, and to then dump loads of fill dirt into the resulting hole. Yesterday, looking out the window at the Case front-loader sitting out back waiting to complete the job, I laughed to myself when I said, “There sits a pickin’ up dirt thing.” Then, I was inspired to make some close up, and somewhat unique black and white photos of it, just to be a bit creative. So here you go!

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Take a Pick

I have sort of gotten into the habit of posting (on Fridays) a mix of photos with no common theme, except that I like them. I make many photos during the week mainly because I usually have at least one camera handy (like my iPhone 5S) and I like to keep my eyes moving around for interesting subjects and compositions. So here we go for today.

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Years ago I picked up the term “God Beams” from one of the professional photographers I follow. That’s what I saw on an early morning walk in our neighborhood, with the sun rays poking down from the opening in the clouds. After I got some distance from home I started looking at the sky and regretted I had not carried one of my cameras along. Then I remembered my iPhone 5S, which has an excellent camera. Lots could be written as a caption to this photo.

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This image is of grass and other debris sitting in the middle of a fairly large shallow puddle on the street at the end of a cul-d-sac where I was walking after a rain storm. Normally the grass in the pavement is dry brown and not so nice looking. But the sun beam striking the grass after the rain and the reflections off the water made for a nice image.

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As I was backing out of the driveway in my car recently, I looked to my left by the driveway door and spotted several very nice looking butterflies feeding on these flowers. Having one of my cameras on the seat beside me, it was a simple task to hop out and get close to make these two colorful photos.

So, there you go. Take a pick which one (or more) you like best. Photography is fun, but you need to get outside the house to make it really get interesting. Cheers!

 
 

The Little Post Office

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This is one of my favorite photo locations in Martinsville, Virginia. The “Little Post Office” is on the U.S.Register of Historic Places and is well maintained today. It was built in 1893, and is a small one-story, gable front brick building with a frame rear extension. The exterior and one-room interior of the building are detailed in the Queen Anne style. It was used as a contract post office by star route mail delivery supervisor from 1893 to 1917.

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It’s a very photogenic spot, with many close up photo opportunities as can be seen below.

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Posted by on September 17, 2014 in America's Past, Architecture, Close Up, Landscape

 

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Contrasts in Nature

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These two photos definitely contrast with each other. One bright and cheerful, the other not so much. Sometimes it’s nice to look for such images. Getting “close up” was important to me.

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2014 in Close Up, Flowers

 

A Bright Moment in Time

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I’ve written before several times that it’s a good idea to keep your eyes open for possibly interesting photo subjects. One evening while waiting for supper, and as the sun was setting behind our home, my eye caught a small bit of orange coloring out back in one of our Dogwood trees. Looking closer I noted that the setting sun was creating an interesting effect on a small portion of the tree; just that part that had begun to change from Summer green to Fall colors. Grabbing my camera, which had a telephoto lens mounted, I walked out to see what I could see. The above image was the result. It turned out pretty special in my opinion. So, I say again, “Keep your eyes open and a camera close at hand.”

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2014 in Close Up, Flowers

 

Around the Mill

There are lots of photo opportunities around Historic Mabry Mill near Meadows of Dan along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. Here are some examples I made this summer, while trying to keep clear of all the tourists.

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Flower Mix

Getting close photographically to flowers brings out more colors and details that otherwise might go unnoticed to the casual eye.

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

 

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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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Interesting Views of Bricks

Here’s a mix of photos I made recently that mostly focus on brick buildings in the background. I like that sort of composition because it usually has lots of contrast, as well as some nice colors.

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Posted by on June 18, 2014 in Architecture, Close Up

 
 
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