February Birthstones

February Birthstones

It’s either a pile of amethysts or else some ice melting crystals.  Either way, it’s typical February.

February 26, 2012 | Leave a Comment 

Drooping Blooms

Drooping Blooms

And still another image from my neighbor’s back yard.  It’s nice haveing subjects available without having to do a lot of gardening myself.

February 13, 2012 | Leave a Comment 

Building Angles

Building Angles

Angles, shapes, texture, shadows and near monochromatic – I like ‘em all.

December 22, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

Another Borrow

Another Borrow

December 13, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

Not Untitled

Not Untitled

 

When I was working on my photo degree, all of our final prints had to have titles.  ‘Untitled Number ___’ wasn’t allowed.  I’ve continued that with this blog, but sometimes the title is more work than the image.  I finally gave up on this one, but at least I didn’t call it ‘Untitled.’

I like the symmetry of the fence, but had trouble deciding whether to leave the brick wall level or ‘straighten’  the fence and sidewalk which are at an angle and let the wall go crooked.  Each version is interesting, but I went with reality.

 

December 6, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

Center of Interest

Center of Interest

There isn’t any.  I posted before that I sometimes like to make images that go against the ‘rule’ that a photo should have a strong center of interest.  This rule or guideline is important if you want to quickly capture someone’s attention, but the image can become a ‘one trick pony.’  If the trick is good enough, that may be all you need.  In a scene like this one, I often move in closer to isolate different details as their own image, but an overall scene lets the viewer examine the details and relate them to the image as a whole.  One thing that attracted me was the ‘sky’ above the roof on the right that is formed by a building in back.

December 3, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

Time to Head Back Home

Time to Head Back Home

I like gargoyles, it’s just that I’m used to seeing them perched high above. So I can only assume that this guy came down for a drink of water or whatever and will be on his way back to his usual haunts soon.

September 29, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

McDetritus

McDetritus

Sometimes I post photos of things that amuse me.  I’m not sure if amusement is the exact feeling I have here.  There was a garbage can about 10 or 15 feet away from where this stuff was left.  It’s not as though the junk was tossed haphazardly;  it was placed down carefully.  How hard would it have been to have thrown it out properly?

August 19, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

At Starved Rock State Park

At Starved Rock

This structure is at the Starved Rock State Park. Obviously, it’s much smaller than the Starved Rock itself. Perhaps it’s named something like ‘A Little Peckish Rock.’

August 2, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

A Galling Situation

A Galling Situation

I first noticed this gall on one of our willow trees a few years ago. It was the size of a small melon. It has certainly grown over time. It may be a crown gall, though they usually occur closer to the roots. Some sources suggest removing the gall (but this recommendation is for galls about the size of a walnut and not a big one like this) and others say to remove the tree to prevent the spread of the bacterium that causes it. At this point, I’m just going to leave it alone, since none of the other trees are affected and I’m not into tree surgery.

July 17, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

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