I have driven by this house sitting a short distance off a main road numerous times, and liked the bright green metal roof contrasting with the yellow paint on its foundation and brickwork. So, I recently stopped to make some close-up images and after I did I came to different conclusions.
First, the owners used a nice paint scheme to make the simple house look better, as in the first image. But if you look at the close-up of the eagle on the chimney, you’ll note they did a bit of sloppy paint work. Poor guy has a big gob of paint on his head and lots more on his wings and tail! Once again, two views of the same subject tell a better story photographically. Far away, everything looks good, close up not so good. Still, only a person like me would notice the details on the eagle anyway, because to get the shot I had to use my telephoto lens. Main point…the house looks better overall and that’s what counts.
Two views of the same object often work better photographically. In this case my objective was to show an angled view of an old reservoir dam, as well as how “silky and clear” the water looked coming over one of the dam’s spillways. Had the second photo been shown by itself, you perhaps would not have known what it was a part of; e.g the reservoir dam. Photos should be able to tell a story, as a record of what you saw around you at any given moment in time. No one else but you saw that scene when you did, and it’s important to convey that vision to others. In this case, it took both photos to do that.
This is Louie. He’s a two-foot tall Vermont Teddy Bear and is about the most friendly huggy bear ever. As you can see, he likes to wear one of my hats from time to time, just to show off his good looks. This one is his favorite and I have to admit it gives him an adventurous look; and as you will now learn, Louie does have his wandering ways. He normally sits on “his” chair, keeping the cats from sleeping on the nearby bed during the day getting loose hair all over, and then faithfully watching over me at night while I sleep. I tried for awhile letting Louie sleep in bed with me at but he snores loudly and steals the sheets. While our two cats like Louie, he’s not so fond of them and they know it.
As I mentioned above, Louie has a wanderlust about him and this morning when I woke up I noticed he was missing off his chair. I first rounded up the cats and had a talk with them seeking to find out if they knew what had happened to Louie or perhaps as a prank had kidnapped him during the night and carried him off somewhere so they could climb into bed with me and cozy up, loose hair and all. They denied any involvement, gave me a “how dare you accuse us of such a terrible thing” look, hissed at me and with tails pointed high pranced away to sulk. (I knew they’d be back soon because it was getting close to the time for them to be fed). Anyway, I determined Louie was in fact just plain missing.
After looking around the house some more and not finding Louie anywhere, I glanced out the kitchen window and there he was sitting on a limb in one of our dogwood trees out back looking at me with a gleam in his eyes and I am sure joy in his little Vermont Teddy Bear heart, because he had finally found a way to escape the boring confines of the bedroom.
I noticed he had removed the leather medallion he normally wears around his neck (see first photo), probably so it did not get tangled up while he was climbing the tree. I went out to get him, laughing all the way, and he was so happy to see me he leaped off the limb into my arms as I neared the tree. Walking back together with him hugging me tightly, I asked him where he might go on his next walk-about as he had done earlier today, as the sun was rising but before his “people” were awake. He just stared at me with his glassy eyes most likely thinking that was his business and not mine.
I trust my brief tale of Louie will warm your heart, just as telling it has done to mine today. Louie is special to me and never ever refuses being hugged…when I need a good one. Louie has relatives at the Vermont Teddy Bear Company…lots of them, big and small, each loved and cherished by people of all ages. I highly recommend looking onto adopting one as I did. You will not regret it…except if you get one that learns how to drive your car!
This old Ford was parked near the street on a vacant lot, with a For Sale sign on it, so I decided to get some close-up images of it before it was sold…which it probably is by now. It was in good condition. I liked the checker-board effect on each side of the front fenders where they joined the engine compartment.
Today’s young people are wearing colorful socks…that’s for sure. Saw this near the check-out counter at a local shoe store, and I had my camera handy.
What grabbed my attention was the clever way the guys who were running a street corner car wash had set up their sign to attract attention.It got mine, but unfortunately for them my vehicle was already clean.
When I looked at the first photo on my computer after downloading it, I noticed the star-shaped, bright red flower looked like it was “floating” above the green background. Look that way to you? If not, it’s still a nice close-up image.
I used my flash on the this photo to make the colors pop…it was a cloudy morning when I made it and the purple colors did not look vibrant enough without some artificial light from my camera. Looks just like I wanted it to now…vibrant and sharp.
I am a sucker for old signs when I have my camera in hand. This one was on a dry cleaning business…now closed. It was the “little man” that caught my attention…as did the contrasting patterns behind.
The people who take care of empty carts at shopping areas always seem to me to be attentive and patient, given the fact that so many careless shoppers just leave their empty carts anywhere they please after they unload regardless of the fact that storage racks are nearby. This man at WalMart was one such attentive and patient person. He was not aware of the fact I snapped his photo, but had he been I bet he would have given me a big smile. These folks are not paid enough for what they do! As an aside from a photographic processing standpoint, I decided to make it B&W because I felt the image was distracting with all the varied colors on nearby parked cars, and the bright colored vest he was wearing. My subject stands out better this way.
This photo represents my entry into the Letter “B” Contest of the Week. Kidding aside, the cupola sits atop the originai Bassett, Virginia High School…now closed and converted into a community facility…and the “B” stands for…? The intricate scrollwork around the letter was what caught my attention…plus the cupola itself backed by the bright blue sky.