After I made these two photos it came to me that they are really opposites. First, these images were made looking through the front window of an antique store, and they are clearly ceramic figures. The main difference is that the first one, the clown, may cause people to say “Yikes, what a scary face!” while the second one, the cowboy, most likely will be met with a much happier and warmer reception. Clowns frighten many people, while cowboys always seem friendly and manly. So, that’s my story…opposites. Short as it is.



Marking the Obvious


Sometimes we see something that makes us chuckle a bit. This is one such scene that made me laugh, but I understood fully why the road sign had been placed where it was. This hydrant is located next to a wooded area in our neighborhood and up until this year the hydrant had been partially covered with yard clippings and debris placed there by those living nearby. County officials apparently decided that by marking the hydrant as they did with this street sign, that people would stop placing their yard debris in the area. It worked. An interesting photo if for no other reason being its uniqueness.

Small but Significant


These pansies look large in this image but they are small in relation to other spring flowers, and they are by far more significant because of their colorful beauty. They are also a very hearty flower, as we have had them blooming for most of the winter regardless of the weather. It’s been a relatively mild winter where we live in SW Virginia, but unfortunately the cold is still hanging on…like today with some wet snow falling, and temperatures about thirty degrees lower than normal projected. Unlike me being tired of the cold, the pansies seem not to care at all.

Moody Day


This image fits the title of this post and vice versa. I first took a telephoto lens shot of some tulip poplar trees in our back yard on a recent cold, cloudy day, and then processed the image using computer software (Silver Efex Pro for those who care) to achieve the look I wanted. It took the word “moody” and tripled it in definition, plus gave me a very nice and creative image that would look nice after being printed on glossy paper (at say 18×24 inches) and then framed and hung on one of the walls in our home. This is what I really like about digital photography these days. One can capture a very simple image such as these leafless trees and then give it a look that has much more impact and meaning.

Evolution of the Automobile

All one need do is to look at the millions of junked cars sitting in unsightly lots and elsewhere in the United States to realize just how much the American automobile has evolved over the years…especially in design and excess use of chrome. I suppose the same will be written 20-30 years from now pertaining to what we see today on our roads and highways. But…the best part about all of this is that we have lots of excellent photo opportunities just waiting for our cameras.




Grape Hyacinth

Here are two views of a bunch of Grape Hyacinth flowers blooming underneath our post-mounted mailbox located curbside. The first view contrasts the flowers with the rock bed behind, while the second gets closer to highlight water droplets from the drizzle falling when I made the image. I like the second view best, but it’s sometimes interesting to put contrasting objects together in a composition. These little, early-Spring blooming flowers are only an inch high and they spread like crazy during the year. I am definitely ready for warmer weather! It was 75 degrees last Saturday and 39 today with cold drizzle falling. But, these flowers seem not to care!



Indoors and Outdoors

People who see me making photos inside stores such as the local Food Lion may think I am strange when I stand in front of simple displays such as this one with my camera pressed to my eye, getting as close as I can to get the composition I want. They may also think I am some company executive documenting the skills of the store’s produce manager. I don’t always have my camera with me when shopping but I often take it along just to be prepared to capture some image that may be interesting to me and hopefully others. As an aside, Apples are one of the products I buy regularly because I have one a day…hopefully keeping the doctor away, as my dear mother used to advise me when I was young. I peel mine by the way…do you? OK, how about close up images made outdoors. Here’s one I took the other day.


Again, like indoors at the Food Lion some person who might have seen me making this close up of a single daffodil flower in our back yard (they are really blooming nicely this year) may have wondered what I was doing down on my knees crawling up close to the flowers so as to get this one single bloom in the composition. I learned awhile back that when taking photos of flowers it’s best to position your camera in such a way so as to have a different view not normally seen. For example, many just take their photo looking down on the flowers, as would be normal. Boring, perhaps.

So, there you go, close up images indoors and outdoors. It all can be fun, you choose!

A West Wind Blows

P1020253Here is another of my favorite objects on which to focus my camera lens. Given that this weather vane was positioned high on top of a Victorian-style house in Martinsville, VA, use of my telephoto lens at maximum 200mm setting was mandatory. Unfortunately, the vane is distorted by the angle of view from so far below, but regardless it contrasted quite well with the clear blue sky. First time I’d seen a “rooster” as center part of the device.

Lines and Shadows

P1020256-EditI used a telephoto ┬álens to capture this image of a circular window near the roof top on an old house. I liked the way the shadows contrasted with the circular lines of the window. Same with the photo below, but now we’re using straight lines and shadows. Those shadows in the middle look a bit like Roman numerals…whatever. The original color photos look better (to me) in black & white (sepia actually).