“Keep a little fire burning; however small, however hidden.”
― Cormac McCarthy
It’s not often that I revisit a subject, especially a flower. However, I felt this one needed to be viewed a bit closer in a slightly different composition. So, here it is. The slightly different angle even changed the title for me. I see more of the ‘fire’ in this lovely tulip than I had before.
I find it interesting what even a slight shift in vantage point an do to things. In fact, I think I prefer this composition more than my previous version from a few days ago. There seems to be more energy and depth in this version and the light seems to play off the foliage a bit more.
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mmm
3 sec, f/29.0, ISO 100
“Art doesn’t give rise to anything in us that isn’t already there. It simply stirs our curious consciousness and sparks a fire that illuminates who we have always wanted to be.” ― Kamand Kojouri
Deeper into the woods the path winds, the canopy ablaze with brightness and surreal colour. Ahead, a wall of shimmering orange and yellow, like ethereal flames, dances in the breeze, amidst dark tree trunks, filling my eyes with the magic of autumn light.
It’s this light that inspired the “Golden Paths” series and my desire to capture some of this wonderful experience in words and images. Words fall short, but the images approximate feelings. Every turn of the path fills my soul with delight. After a dull, rainy summer, the extended and mild autumn more than makes up for it. I expect every day on the trails to be a final opportunity, but it keeps giving, though I’m restricted to weekend walks. I find the leaves turning gradually, a transition from summer greens to autumn yellow and orange. Red makes an appearance in subtle ways, never quite overpowering. A handful of leaves are scattered on the ground, the rest, still hanging on, despite rain and wind. It’s difficult to believe that November is only a week away.
Nikon D800 Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm 1/4 sec, f/11.0, ISO 100
“The very life of any creature is a quick-fading spark in fathomless darkness.” ― Anthony Doerr
As I have completed my “Into Green Veil” Series, I am pausing to consider my next project, which will also be a short series of some sort. As I pause, I have the opportunity to go back over the past month’s photos and consider some of them to share.
The above image is a bit of playing with long exposure and the fire-pit at my camper. It is truly amazing what a different view, such as long exposure, can do. In this case, I did a one second exposure to reveal the intricate play of the sparks within the fire. Just a bit of fun, worth sharing here.
“Love, they said, burns you and builds you. But with you, there’s no ash. Just light.” ― Kamand Kojouri
I honestly could not think of a better title for this image of the same tulip that I shared yesterday. According to my mother-in-law she has had this variety of tulip in her gardens for some time, thus the ‘old’ reference. Also, I can’t get the image of a flame out of my head when I look at it. The mix of silky red and coral tones in the light are just stunning to me and it seems almost alive with movement.
This image was made yesterday evening, and the tulip, true to its nature, had begun to close back up again, accentuating the look of fire. I thought the side view would also provide a different and better view of this unique tulip, variety unknown.
Nikon D800 Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm 0.5 sec, f/32.0 ISO 400
“There’s a lesson in every silence.” ― Aniekee Tochukwu Ezekiel
The new life is a thing of wonder to me. After months of cold and snow, fresh sprouts emerge from the earth and trees begin to bud. The dull grays and browns are interrupted with bursts of colour.
As I walked to a local forest a few days ago, I was really drawn to these intensely coloured leaves. When the sun hit them just right, they looked like tiny flames on the ends of the branches. Thus, the title for this image.
Nikon D800 Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm 1/250 sec, f/8.0 ISO 400
This photo was made in early November and autumn had settled in comfortably, for an extended stay. The days had already shortened enough to bring out amazing, bright colours, but the air was warm and comfortable. Best of all, the bugs were gone; even the dopey fall wasps.
Along a minor path of the south-east corner of the East Duffins Creek Headwaters trail is this beautiful grove of maples, interspersed with beech trees. The maples had already dropped many of their leaves, but the beaches, with their smooth,metallic looking, trunks, were magnificent, as the soft, warm sun shone through the canopy and set them ablaze with golden light. I stood here for a long time, reveling in the beauty. The leaves seemed to be almost on fire with their own light, thus the title, “The Fire Within”. There really was no other way to describe this scene. I also employed my vertical-pan abstract technique to further enhance the surreal feeling of this place. I think it nicely locks in some fine details but the movement adds life to it.
Nikon D300 Tamron 70-200 mm f/2.8 @ 135 mm 1/4 sec, f/32.0, ISO 250
Part two of my November 2014 hike. As I said in yesterday’s post, I was actually hiking to a small grove of trees that I had photographed successfully in the past. The light conditions where not good in that location but it was spectacular on my hike in and out of the forest.
The photo above is testament to that. The late afternoon sun was close to setting but bright enough to make everything it touched glow with light. Doing vertical pan photo abstractions has become a favourite technique for me and the results can be quite astounding and unpredictable.
This grove of planted pines was found along one of the many paths leading through the Walkers Woods Conservation Area north of Pickering, Ontario. There was still snow on the ground from the previous day’s snowfall as well as a smattering of bright orange oak leaves. It seemed the elements all came together in this photo. When I got home and previewed my photos it looked like the whole hillside was on fire, thus the title of this piece. Many people have commented that it looks like a painting and I would agree. I am very pleased at the results and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.