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Wandering the Path

I could probably write a lot of philosophical words about the title of this post, thoughts such as “taking advantage of paths in life that are placed before us.” But, this is a photoblog and not a place to get some personal developmental inspiration. I do hope, however, that my photo compositions below make you think about what might lie ahead for your camera lens, if you’ll just wander along paths, such as this walkway in a local nature area; and if you do, perhaps you’ll discover something nice just waiting for you. But, be quick because some scenes might change quickly, as it did with this twitchy squirrel.

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Posted by on December 19, 2014 in Black and White, Landscape, Wildlife

 

Santa’s Workshop

Passed by this in a mid-town Greensboro, NC shopping center, during the day when there were no visitors to see Santa Claus. I liked the colors, thus the photos. That time of year, eh?

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Posted by on December 15, 2014 in Architecture, Landscape

 

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Opposites

These two images are certainly opposites.

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Posted by on December 2, 2014 in Landscape

 

Painting on the Water

These images look to me like painting on the water.

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Posted by on November 29, 2014 in Landscape

 

Around the Bend

Whether it be while walking in the woods, alongside a railroad track, or along a river bank, there may be questions in the mind about “what lies around the bend.”

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Posted by on November 26, 2014 in Landscape

 

My Favorite Rural Church

I have not been inside the United Methodist Church, on a narrow road south of Stuart, Virginia, near the North Carolina border, but I have made photos of it, twice. In both instances I was not expecting to see it as I drove by, because it’s set a ways off the main road. I believe I was led to this church for a reason, not so much to become a church member, because it’s too far from home for that. Instead, I believe I was given an opportunity to see and photograph it because when I’m there wandering around composing with my camera, I’m at peace, thankful for all that the good Lord has given me.

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When we were living in Europe, I learned that there is a difference between a graveyard and a cemetery. The former is located next to a church, while the latter is located elsewhere. This is obviously a graveyard. Looking at the headstone, I noted that “William D. Mays” was 86 years old when he died in 1891. Thus, the church and graveyard have a long history. I like this composition because of the way it places the headstones in the foreground.

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Another view from farther back. And lastly, another composition even farther away, and framed in the shade of a large tree, still with fall leaves.

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I never tire of visiting this church with my camera, and yes I know some may be asking why I don’t go there on a Sunday, no matter the drive from home, to worship with others drawn to this great looking rural, Blue Ridge Mountain church.

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2014 in Architecture, Landscape

 

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Black and White Mix

I like to mix my color images with black and white compositions. This works well on high contrast scenes. Nice to vary your technique from time to time.

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Posted by on November 17, 2014 in Architecture, Black and White, Landscape

 

Blue Ridge Farming Landscapes

On a clear day, such as this one, I like to go find farming landscape photo compositions in my favorite location, the Blue Ridge Mountain region of Virginia and North Carolina. I am so happy with my Panasonic GX7 camera, but if all goes according to my pre-order plan, I hope to get my new Fuji Film X100T camera later this month; the latest model of a camera I have lusted for over several years. Yes, I know, “lusting” is a sin; but hey, it’s only a camera we’re taking about. Now to the photos. Enjoy.

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Posted by on November 12, 2014 in Landscape

 

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Rushing Water in the Wild

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If you are a person who likes to kayak, especially on Class 3-4 rapids, then a scene such as this will get your blood rushing, just like the water. Once, I had a kayak but it was used only under (shall we say) Class Zero-Minus conditions, such as on a quiet fishing lake. Anyway, finding and photographing scenes such as those that follow gave me equal pleasure to that experienced by those who like to “ride the rapids.”

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Posted by on November 3, 2014 in Landscape

 

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The Civil War House

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On our recent train ride aboard the Great Smoky Mountain RR (see prior posts earlier this and last week) one of the main historical attractions along the ride (per our staff host who rode with us in the car, giving us drinks and when necessary giving us some local lore) was what is referred to as “The Civil War House.” On the outward leg of the trip, I missed seeing it since I was on the side of the passenger car opposite to the house. However, on the way back I decided there was no way I was going to miss seeing it a second time. So, I positioned myself by the open space in the connecting area between cars, where I could look out at the passing views with no window involved. I was not alone. Soon I was joined by another passionate photographer and his wife, both very nice folks. We shared the limited space with me looking forward to provide ample warning to the approaching attraction. His wife remembered our host saying that the house was located at mile-marker 70 “something” so when we passed MM 80, counting down I started to pay very close attention. Then in a flash, I saw the house coming into view as we sped along. We both made room for the other and started clicking away. I’m not sure what he got, but I was pretty happy with one of my images. The scene reminded me of how much American Civil War history there is still around today in Virginia and North Carolina. In this case, I’d never have had the opportunity to see it had it not been for riding on the train. Lucky me!

 
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Posted by on November 1, 2014 in America's Past, Landscape

 

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