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Concrete Contrast

“Progress is measured by the speed at which we destroy the conditions that sustain life.”
― George Monbiot

“Concrete Contrast”, Nikon D800, ISO 100, f/7.1 at 1/400th sec., 70mm

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Soothing Shadows

“There are some things your mind has been hiding from you.”
― Obert Skye,
Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo

I captured this photo at the same time I got the one used in my post on August 18th. The onset of the rising sun is more pronounced here, as are the hues and tones I exploited in post production. I hope you enjoy these soothing shadows.

"Soothing Shadows", Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/13 at 1/80sec., 28mm

“Soothing Shadows”, Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/13 at 1/80sec., 28mm

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A Doorway in Time

“One day we awaken and this was the dream, and everything that we have lost in this dream will be restored. This is what I hear in my own dreams. But then I awaken to the days of our loss and the nights of our regrets: having nothing to repent, nothing to look forward to.”
— Carl Minie

"A Doorway in Time", Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/16 at 1/125 sec., 180mm

“A Doorway in Time”, Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/16 at 1/125 sec., 180mm

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Time Passing

“Time passes by, memory stays
Torturing silently, rest of our days…”
― Aanchal Negi

"Time Passing", Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/14 at 1/60 sec., 44mm

“Time Passing”, Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/14 at 1/60 sec., 44mm

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

Today’s photo is my response to the Weekly Photo Challenge over on The Daily Post. The theme this week is “Silhouette”. I had no such images on hand, so I went out this morning around 9:30 AM and pointed my camera toward the sun as it was still fairly low on the horizon. I hope you like the photo.

"Silhouette of Trees", Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/13 at 1/80 sec., 28mm

“Silhouette of Trees”, Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/13 at 1/80 sec., 28mm

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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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Gin at Sunrise

“There’s always a story. It’s all stories, really. The sun coming up every day is a story. Everything’s got a story in it. Change the story, change the world.”
― Terry Pratchett,
A Hat Full of Sky

"Gin at Sunrise", Nikon D800, ISO 400, f/11 at 1/60 sec., 28mm

“Gin at Sunrise”, Nikon D800, ISO 400, f/11 at 1/60 sec., 28mm
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Visit my booth at Space Cost Pride this Sunday, May 25th!
Wickham Park Pavilion, 3701 Wickham Road, Melbourne, FL

Contrast and Reflection

Posts have been absent the last 10 days or so because of my focus on preparing for and executing my first showing at an outdoor art festival this past weekend: the Port Orange ArtFest. A lot of work — and a good deal of time and expense — went into the preparation: I had to buy a table and display grids and mat board and sleeves and photo paper and ink — lots of paper and ink — and signage and frames and … You get the idea. It was an investment in time and money that was well worth it. The first public exhibit of my images, this was a unique opportunity for me to get real-time, candid feedback on my work. The best feedback was typically not directed to me, but was observed as I watched and listened to people going through my booth. Curious to see what would appeal to people, I took a variety of images as matted 9×6 prints to offer for sale. One of those I almost did not take was Cornered – a recent abstract piece published here on April 6th. It was the first piece that sold and a nice bit of encouragement to continue my photographic abstracts. It was a good opportunity to mingle and converse with a diverse crowd. It was both fun and educational to engage with those that took time and real interest in viewing my images, asking questions about technique and locations and lighting. One visitor spent over 30 minutes perusing my work and speaking with me; she ended up buying 2 prints. In the end, I walked away having learned a lot about my own images and excited to participate in another show — after all, I invested in the necessary gear so I may as well use it! So, I’ve sent in my vendor registration for the Space Coast Pride festival on May 25th in Melbourne.

Today’s photo is another one from my trip earlier this month to Dalton, Georgia and captured at Prater’s Mill around 7:30 AM. I liked the deep shadows and the way the vapor coming up off the water nicely blurred the transition between the shore line and the reflecting waters of Coahulla Creek. I hope you like it, too.

"Coahulla Creek", Nikon D800, ISO 200, f/9.0 at 1/40 sec., 98mm

“Coahulla Creek”, Nikon D800, ISO 200, f/9.0 at 1/40 sec., 98mm
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How Time Heals

“Believing the lie that time will heal all wounds is just a nice way of saying that time deadens us.”
Jonathan Nolan, Memento mori

This is an older image that I decided to revisit and process. It’s the ruins of an abandoned farmhouse in Stockton, Utah. I hope you like it.

"How Time Heals", Nikon D300, ISO 200, HDR using 3 frames and bracketed aperture at 10 seconds per frames, 35mm

“How Time Heals”, Nikon D300, ISO 200, HDR with bracketed aperture at 10 seconds per frame, 35mm
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The Laughing Place

There is a spot in Kissimmee that sits hidden just feet from Highway 192, the main road through town. It is a place that has somehow beat the odds against the so-called progress resulting from having Walt Disney World in your back yard. It is fortunate to have kept most of its pristine natural beauty. It was a favorite spot to bring my camera as a teenager back in the 70’s; in fact, I won a 1st-place ribbon in my first photography contest in high school with an infrared photo taken here. At some point, I started referring to this as my “laughing place”. Of course, I took that name from Joel Chandler Harris’ “Uncle Remus” story with the same title. In the story, Br’er Rabbit explains that his laughing place is where he goes when he wants to forget his troubles. I’ve killed many hours forgetting my troubles in the shadows of this cypress swamp, watching leaves drift silently by on the mirrored surface of its black waters. Back then, as now, I would often find myself wishing I could somehow just hop aboard one of those leaves and let the slowly moving current quietly pull me away to wherever it wants me to go.

"The Laughing Place" [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/11 at 1/100 sec., 16mm

“The Laughing Place” [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/11 at 1/100 sec., 16mm
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