SILO

Posted: July 14, 2016 in Barns, Details, Photography, Wabi Sabi

Slideshow gallery with four shots of a silo at the abandoned farm.

Not all of my posts fit the true definition of wabi sabi, but I think today’s offering does. 

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A trip around the corner to see what is left of the abandoned farm, which continues to vanish a piece at a time.  I will give you broader views, but right now, I am just wowed by the remaining exposed wood.

ANOTHER LOOK

Posted: July 9, 2016 in 60mm lens, My Backyard, Photography

Click on any of the gallery photos for a slideshow.

At some point during my rain shower photo shoot on Thursday, I decided to get down under the hostas, rather than shooting them from the top, resulting in a completely new perspective. And lots of wet clothing.

I’m more than a little disappointed in the neighbors and the people who drove by whilst I was shooting. One would think that the sight of a woman stretched out full length on a sidewalk would excite some curiosity or concern, but apparently here in the Town of Scott, the Rugged Individual is allowed to do his/her own thing without folks getting all judgy on them.

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GENTLE RAIN

Posted: July 7, 2016 in 60mm lens, My Backyard, Photography, Rain

It rained this afternoon, insistently for a while, but then it settled in to a soft and gentle sprinkle.

Gentle enough, as a matter of fact, that I went out and shot some lovely hostas in the rain.

And one Solomon’s Seal.

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There’s a really interesting project you can do with your family that I call a “Square Foot Safari” and the premise is that there is a whole universe at our feet, but you need to get down there to see what is going on. Kids can sketch what they find in their one square foot patch, makes lists, write up observations or just be amazed by the whole experience.

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Yesterday, I did my own version of a Square Foot Safari which involved laying down on a blanket in the far corner of my backyard and shooting what I found using my 60mm lens. I made up my own rules and those rules were essentially that if I could reach something by rolling over or propping myself up on my elbows, it was all good. But I was not going to get up from that blanket.

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In part, that is because I like parameters and rules and plans, even if they are just things to ignore, but mostly because it was a simply glorious day and I was very comfortable right where I was.

I was even okay with the wildlife that roamed into my space:

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My safari journal:

When I felt that I had successfully catalogued my little corner of the world, I put my camera aside, rested my cheek on the blanket, and promptly fell asleep.

Anyone will tell you that a safari can be exhausting.

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I’m always a sucker for a shiny red car, but I do love these old blues and greens. 

As of yesterday, my right eye is now sporting a snappy new lens. (Left eye is scheduled for Tuesday.) Since many of you are photographers or artists in another medium,  I think you would find this whole light perception thing to be fascinating. If I use only my left eye, the world has a soft, yellowish tint, as though illuminated by an old-fashioned lightbulb. If I use only my new eye, yowzah! Now everything is brighter, with a clean blue-white glow, much like an iPad.  As I review this post on the screen, there is a marked difference in how I perceive the shots, depending on which eye I use.

I think I will like my new windows on the world, though all this brightness will take some getting used to. (“Vampire Photographer Adjusts to Lights in the New World. Film at 11:00”)

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A dense green canopy filters the sunlight,  green plants are working hard to reclaim these wrecks and, for a photographic trifecta, what is left of the paint job on the Pontiac is green as well.

I love this part: you can see the leafy growth on the driver’s side fender. Those same leaves are mirrored, but as shadow-shapes on the passenger’s side.

Nice touch, Mother Nature. Nice touch.

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