fine art photography

Firestorm

“We all live in a house on fire, no fire department to call; no way out, just the upstairs window to look out of while the fire burns the house down with us trapped, locked in it.”
― Tennessee Williams, The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore

I had a pretty abstract day; hoping you might enjoy an abstract photo.

"Firestorm", Nikon D800 in DX mode, ISO 100, f/45 at 44.0 sec., 60mm DX micro

“Firestorm”, Nikon D800 in DX mode, ISO 100, f/45 at 44.0 sec., 60mm DX micro

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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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Hopping Aboard the Macro Bandwagon

“You don’t have to be the best, you just have to be better than you were last week.”
— Jerry Ghionis

I was feeling inspired this morning by the macro and minimalist images posted recently on a few of the photo blogs I follow, particularly those of Mike Osborn and Richard Cooper-Knight. I’d not used my micro lens — a DX format 60mm micro Nikon lens — since I bought the D800 last June. It seemed like a good time to put the D800 in DX mode and give it a go. I lit the photo using one of my favorite trial-and-error techniques: a dark room, a tiny flashlight and long exposure. I essentially “paint” the subject with the light while the shutter is open. This allows me to control the amount, quality and direction of light on a whim and leaves a good bit of the outcome up to spontaneity. I hope you like the result.

"Strawberry", Nikon D800 in DX mode, ISO 100, f/11 at 10 sec., 60mm micro

“Strawberry”, Nikon D800 in DX mode, ISO 100, f/11 at 10 sec., 60mm micro
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Uncapped in Red Square

“I was born and I live in a small village, where the centre of life is the square, and the small bar/cafe.”
— Diego Della Valle

Today’s photo is a bit of a diversion for me, being a heavy application of textures and filters during processing in an attempt to create an abstract piece that’s a bit more “artsy”. What do you think?

"Uncapped in Red Square", Nikon D800, ISO 400, f/5.6 at 1/2000 sec., 300mm

“Uncapped in Red Square”, Nikon D800, ISO 400, f/5.6 at 1/2000 sec., 300mm
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Lines and Cow

Drive just a few miles outside of Kissimmee and the sea of hotels, gift shops, questionable restaurants and theme park-related tourist traps disappear. These obstructions give way to Central Florida’s natural beauty, cypress swamps and pastures. This is by far the Florida I prefer. It is the Florida that surrounded me growing up, before “Disneyfication” completely turned the place upside down. In childhood, I often walked through the pastures and cypress swamps near our home with my friends. Those adventures revealed so many little marvels of nature; marvels that seemed to me then and still do now to be revelations of Divine planning and intent. It saddens me that my favorite childhood swamp is now a parking lot and apartment building. I suppose they live on, in a sense, having given life to the fascination I have today with observing and photographing the order from which our chaos is derived.

From a technical standpoint, today’s photo is about composition and using lines to draw and direct the viewer’s eye. I hope you like it.

"Lines and Cow", Nikon D800, ISO 400, f/22 at 1/125 sec., 116mm

“Lines and Cow”, Nikon D800, ISO 400, f/22 at 1/125 sec., 116mm
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Done Monkeying Around

The child’s grave this remembrance occupies bears no marker nor name, providing no details about the story it tells. For me, this is the saddest photograph I captured while photographing the series I’m calling A Grave Image. I’ve tagged each of the 15 posts in the series with “A Grave Image”, too, so they can be viewed easily and dynamically as a complete collection at any time using that tag.

Some of you might be pleased to hear that this is my last entry for a while in this series. It was never really meant to be a series, but since people seem to like the photos I kept them coming. I will most likely post and append additional photos to it from time to time moving forward, but for now I wish to move on to some other (potentially brighter) subjects. Although grave decorations are a gloomy topic, they offer an interesting look at grief and one aspect of our attempts to honor the memory of a loved one. The experience of taking (and processing) these photos has included some significantly cathartic personal moments. Others readers have seen something appealing or curious about these images, too, because the number of daily blog views has been up more than double the recent norm on some days. Perhaps it’s foolish of me to switch my focus when it’s having a positive impact on blog exposure, but I’ve spent enough time haunting the local cemetery for a little while.

"Done Monkeying Around", Nikon D800, ISO 200, f/8.0 at 1/100 sec., 68mm

“Done Monkeying Around”, Nikon D800, ISO 200, f/8.0 at 1/100 sec., 68mm
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You’ve Changed

Perhaps at some point in the past, this graveside figure was cute. I think that time has come and gone… Time and nature are transforming this concrete cherub into a figure that’s looking anything but angelic. It reminds me of Chucky, that creepy possessed doll from the late 80’s horror film, Child’s Play. It also made me think of my friend Jill; she has a neighbor whose yard is littered with distastefulness. I guess whoever rests under this awkward angel doesn’t have to worry about his neighbors complaining. They are probably scared they’ll awaken Chucky.

"Cherub, Changed", Nikon D800, ISO 200, f/8.0 at 1/320 sec., 300mm

“Cherub, Changed”, Nikon D800, ISO 200, f/8.0 at 1/320 sec., 300mm
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Entertaining Angels

Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
— Hebrews 13:1

"The Angelic Life", Nikon D800, ISO 200, f/5.6 at 1/640 sec., 116mm

“The Angelic Life”, Nikon D800, ISO 200, f/5.6 at 1/640 sec., 116mm
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Make Your Sad Go Away

“The man walked past me and stopped, observing the blood running down my neck.

“Your injury. Let us tend to it.” He looked out through the open doorway and silently gestured to someone out there. “Our world,” he said, “is far more advanced than yours. For reasons you’ll understand shortly.”

A thin, bony, naked woman entered the room, carrying two small, white kittens. She sat one of the fluffy cats in my lap and stuffed the other down my shirt. She turned and left.

“There,” said the large man. “The kittens will make your sad go away.”

-― David Wong, John Dies at the End

"Player vs. Prayer" Click here to view larger size. Nikon D800, ISO 200, f/7.1 at 1/80 sec., 62mm

“Player vs. Prayer”, Nikon D800, ISO 200, f/7.1 at 1/80 sec., 62mm
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A Light Touch

“I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty every day.”
— Oriah Mountain Dreamer, Canadian teacher and author, excerpted from the poem The Invitation

Today’s photo is another in the new series I have spontaneously found myself working on, and which I’m calling A Grave Image. Let me know what you think.

"A Light Touch" Nikon D800, ISO 200, f/5.6 at 1/80 sec., 300mm

“A Light Touch” Nikon D800, ISO 200, f/5.6 at 1/80 sec., 300mm
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