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Bohemian Hotel

“How shall we learn to know ourselves? By reflection? Never; but only through action. Strive to do thy duty; then you shall know what is in thee.”
–Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Today’s photo of the Bohemian Hotel is the result of getting up early on a day off to go to Celebration, Florida for a morning walk. I took along my Fujifilm X-T1 and a lightweight tripod and captured this photo when the sun was just above the horizon and the lake was perfectly still. This is an HDR image, comprised of three bracketed exposures combined in HDR Pro and Photoshop.

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Bohemian Hotel Celebration, Fujifilm X-T1, Bracketed HDR Image

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Stumps of History

“The unrecorded past is none other than our old friend, the tree in the primeval forest which fell without being heard.”
— Barbara Tuchman

I couldn’t help but imagine how different this place must have been when a tree occupied the space where there is now only a stump. It’s cooling shade most likely comforted hot and weary workers and animals. I can imagine a tire swing suspended by a rope hanging from the lower branches, that swing occupying for many hours the attention and energy of those too young to help with the work but too old to need a mother’s constant care. I think of the birds, squirrels and other creatures that must have found shelter in that tree either temporarily or as a home for a lifetime. What is now a stump once supported, nourished and enhanced life. Although the present quickly passes, what’s past is present.

"Stumps of History", Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/13 at 1/1000 sec., 58mm

“Stumps of History”, Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/13 at 1/1000 sec., 58mm
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The Corruption of Beauty

“The first sign of corruption in a society that is still alive is that the end justifies the means.”
— Georges Bernanos

Seeing that my Gun Control? post went over like a fart in church, today’s photo is an attempt at some abstract redemption. This is one of those rare photos where a title and complete concept for how I would process it came together instantly and spontaneously on first view of the RAW image file. I love that.

James bought this orchid last summer when the cancer was briefly in remission. As it is now in bloom for the first time since its purchase, I thought it was a good subject for a Valentine’s Day photo. I wish he could have seen it bloom.

"The Corruption of Beauty", Nikon D800 in DX mode, ISO 100, f/8.0 at 1 sec., 60mm DX micro

“The Corruption of Beauty”, Nikon D800 in DX mode, ISO 100, f/8.0 at 1 sec., 60mm DX micro
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In the Shadows of Speed

So you might be wondering about the curious title of this post, and why the images included don’t convey motion or speed. Here’s the short answer: the photos are of the International Speedway Corporation™ headquarters in Daytona Beach, Florida.

I mentioned in an earlier post that I was late getting to the beach the day I drove over to photograph the sunrise because a building had caught my eye en route. This is that building. These are the shots I captured when the sun was just peeking over the horizon through the heavy cloud cover that day.

The two images were caught about 5 minutes apart at a slightly different angle. I bracketed the shots, varying each by one to two stops, and decided in the end to create two HDR composite images from the various exposures. I like the mood and tones doing so added to the result. You can see that I did not choose to exploit the opportunity to make these images excessively surrealistic, as is so often done with HDR. It is a bit more telling in the second image, due to the increased contrast between light and dark among the sky and clouds.

Nikon D300, ISO 200, f/27 at varied times from 4 - 10 seconds, 29 mm

Nikon D300, ISO 200, f/27 at varied times from 4 – 10 seconds, 29 mm

Nikon D300, ISO 200, f/27 at varied times from 4 - 10 seconds, 29 mm

Nikon D300, ISO 200, f/27 at varied times from 4 – 10 seconds, 29 mm

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