On a dull chilly day, what do you photograph? A snack, of course.
“I have been finding treasures in places I did not want to search. I have been hearing wisdom from tongues I did not want to listen. I have been finding beauty where I did not want to look. And I have learned so much from journeys I did not want to take. Forgive me, O Gracious One; for I have been closing my ears and eyes for too long. I have learned that miracles are only called miracles because they are often witnessed by only those who can can see through all of life’s illusions.”
― Suzy Kassem
What do you do on a dull day after a few days of posting photos with bright orange leaves? You do a studio shot of clementines. Well, at least that’s what I did. I’ve been looking at this bowl on our kitchen table for the past few days, considering it as a photo subject. It’s also the result of constantly looking for and being aware of the wonderful yet mundane things in our lives.
The arrangement in the bowl looked like a still life and I believe the studio lighting that I had set up for my series of flowers late summer worked well here as well. So, here is the result.
These clementines also seem somehow appropriate for me, since we are now approaching Christmas season. Growing up, clementines were a rare treat and always signified Christmas season. Nowadays you can find them nearly year round, but there is still something special about a December clementine. It brings back fond memories of cozy evenings with family and friends, sharing treats and memories.
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 200 mm
1.0 sec, f/14.0, ISO 200
Hi Resolution image on 500px
“For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.”
― Henri Cartier-Bresson
Spring thaw, though not officially spring, has begun in southern Ontario. The scant snow and ice of this past winter is releasing it’s captives to open air once more.
This scene, which I titled “Left Overs” is so typical of some of the trails I hike on. The local conservation authorities have put great effort into creating walkways over sensitive areas of the forest, especially low, boggy areas, which would otherwise be damaged by all the foot traffic. These wooden plank walkways also serve as wonderful canvases for images like this. The leaves of last autumn lie pressed to the wood like a multi-media artwork, in tones of grays and browns, with the occasional splash of green and orange for the cedars.
I find myself stopping frequently and enjoying this mini art show that most people simply walk past. I supose I’m a bit strange that way and people look at me oddly as I point my camera downward at something that has no significance to them as they enjoy the outdoors their way.
Tamron 70-200 mm f/2.8 @ 125 mm
1/40 sec, f/3.2, ISO 250