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“Ghostly Greens”

“Ghostly Greens”

“Nothing is ever as simple as it seems. At the edge of perception, weird things dance and howl.”
― M.H. Boroson

Every now and then, a photo surprises me. For those of you who are photographers and take interest in my camera settings, which I post with most of my photos, you will have noticed that the studio florals do not vary a whole lot. I will tweak aperture if I want more depth of field and adjust shutter speed to compensate for that.

My results are fairly consistent. I end up with a low-key, fairly vibrant image of the blossom I am photographing. Also, since my studio lights are a consistent colour temperature, I don’t adjust my settings in post and I get predictable colour results, true to the original.

An exception to this was this blossom, a chrysanthemum, if I’m not mistaken. I suspect the blossoms have been dyed to this green tone, but the lights produced an unearthly green that did not match the original. They also caused the exterior petals to become quite diaphanous, making the whole image ghost-like. It first this bothered me, but on further consideration, I thought I’d publish the image as-is so you can also experience this effect. I’m sure there is an explanation for this, having to do with specific light frequencies, which I will have to research at some time in the near future.

By the way, this image was made only a few minutes after the carnation I posted yesterday.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
2.0 sec, f/32.0, ISO 100

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“Shining Brightly”

“Shining Brightly”

“The joy you feel when you become a small life particle sun and share its brightness and warmth with those around you is indescribably great.”
― Ilchi Lee

As the upcoming winter makes its presence known daily, with cold winds, sleet, and icy mornings, a bit of autumn still remains. Beech seems to have some extra ‘stick’ to its leaves. They are almost always the last to fall and bring patches of brightness to even the dullest days.

I made this photo a few days ago, when the skies were not quite so dull and a bit of colour still shone through from the background. Even there, you can see a few patches of golden orange in the higher branches.

The beech leaves themselves are a bit weathered, but that is typical of this time of year and they are surprisingly intact considering the hot summer drought we had this past year. Surprisingly, most trees in my area produced some of the most astounding colour in years, despite the harsh conditions they faced.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 92 mm
1/80 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200

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“Warm Fuzzies”

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“As the sun lives on when it sets in the warmth it has given to others, you too will live on in the hearts of those whose lives you have touched.”
― Matshona Dhliwayo

I could think of no better title for this image of a mature milkweed pod, backlit by a late afternoon autumn sun.

The image was not one I set out to make but was one of those ‘opportunities’ that often comes up in most photographer’s days. There is a grove of poplars which I photographed last year, at their peak of colour, that I was hoping to revisit for another try. The light was not great and I have yet to review all my shots. However, as I stood there photographing the poplars, I could not help but be drawn to the multitude of brightly shimmering milkweed pods as they moved about in the gentle breeze. Each one seemed to lit up from inside. Also, for this time of year, it was a warm day, thus the combination of the warm and fuzzies.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 170 mm
1/160 sec, f/6.3, ISO 200

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“Among the Pines”

“Among the Pines”

“Travelling the road will tell you more about the road than Google will tell you about the road.”
― Amit Kalantri

My third installation from my autumn walk in the woods. Once more, the image was made in a very brief time frame when the sun shone brightly between the trees, lighting up the forest floor with an unbelievable ‘glow’. C.S Lewis referred to it as a “God-light” and I can’t think of a better term for it. There is a life and energy in this light that is so utterly profound. You want to stand there and just absorb it. The light strikes the trees, yet leaves barely a shadow, as it reflects softly within the forest.

It was one of those days you wish could go on forever because it is so awe inspiring. I was happy to have witnessed it and even happier to be able to keep some of it as more than just a memory. Something to share and, hopefully, brighten someone elses day, when they need a bit of light to get them through.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 70 mm
1/4 sec, f/9.0, ISO 200

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“Dance in the Light”

“Dance in the Light”

“Any patch of sunlight in a wood will show you something about the sun which you could never get from reading books on astronomy. These pure and spontaneous pleasures are ‘patches of Godlight’ in the woods of our experience.”
― C.S. Lewis

The light in the forest last week was beautiful and brief. I was able to make a series of these forest ‘abstractions’ while on a short lunchtime walk. All were made within a few hundred meters of each other and then, the light was gone and the forest settled into an autumn gloom.

So, drink in this warmth, this “Godlight’, and dance like the trees of the forest in a gentle breeze. Reach your arms to the sky and turn your head to bathe in the warmth of the autumn sun, for inevitably, this gift will fade, and snow and cold will slow our step.

The golden glow was caused by bright yellow maple leaves which covered the forest floor, between the delicate new growth, on a gently sloping hillside. In the distance, some vestiges of green still shine through.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 70 mm
1/4 sec, f/25.0, ISO 200

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“The Light from Within”

“The Light from Within”

Why we love with close hearts
Why we love with souls apart
Let the love flow from hearts to souls,
Let the world glow”
― Megha Khare

For the past few years I have found great pleasure in creating these photo abstractions, all done in camera, no Photoshop blur effects.

Several years ago, I was introduced to this technique by a photographer friend who did these for a brief period. She was kind enough to give me some pointers and I took that technique and personalized it. Since I make these images free-standing, each image is slightly different and unique. I usually make three or four and decide on which I like best. I always have a vision in mind but they are always a surprise. The light plays in such unique ways that it is hard to fully predict the outcome, though I have gotten better , I think, in my initial composition.

The image above was made as I was on the inner edge of a pine forest. The sun was shining brightly on the maples and birches just outside, creating this gorgeous glow, which reflected onto the forest floor. Many of the details are missed in the viewfinder, like the green grasses in the foreground and the solitary green leaf, glowing in front of the pines.

The forest, though seemingly dark, is alight with this reflected glow which seems to come from the ground itself, despite the cooling temperatures as we approach the inevitable winter time. You’d almost think it could melt the snow. I’m hoping for a few more days of this warm fall light.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 80 mm
1/4 sec, f/25.0, ISO 200

High resolution image can be viewed on 500px

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“Two and Three” – Sauble Beach

“Two and Three” - Sauble Beach, Ontario

“There is so much to say about a past. It’s a vein of gold through a mountain, leading to an incontrovertible stone heart of truth. But the future is a horizon – a faintly visible line that will promise much, and always remain too far away to touch.”
― Aliya Whiteley

At first, I had no idea what to title this image. It was made at the end of another day of swimming and volleyball on the beach at Sauble. As the sun was setting, I looked at the posts and remembered the great times we had that day. That’s the “two”. On the horizon, barely visible, three boats head back to port, as the sun prepares to set, ending another glorious summer day, spend with friends and family. Today’s experiences are soon to become our past and new ones lie just beyond the horizon, in tomorrow.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 200mm
1/60 sec, f/4.0, ISO 200

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