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The ongoing quest…

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I love the exercise of finding something beautiful among the seemingly mundane. It’s a great way to keep my photographer’s eye in shape–continually training it to see the forms, colors, and textures that come together to form an artistic composition. You’ll notice I use the word “training” and “exercise.” The quest to better my photography in this way is never-ending. Which is just fine with me. It’s a journey, and as a photographer, I enjoy every step along the way.

Frozen in time…

Frozen in time

To me, here’s what’s really profound about photography: the ability for a mere mortal to capture a moment and freeze it in time. On its face, this might seem rather self-evident, but truly, when you think about it, you are capturing an image in a completely unique manner–once the shutter opens and closes, it will never again to be seen in precisely the same way, by the photographer or anyone else.  The frozen drops above are a perfect metaphor for this idea–the leaf and water molecules are frozen in time literally, and figuratively. No human being will ever again see exactly what I saw that morning,  but using my camera as a visual vessel, I have trapped the artistic moment forever. Pretty cool, if you ask me. Hope you enjoy…

Last vestiges of autumn…

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As the world around me turns increasingly grey and brown in January, I often yearn for the season gone by, even as I look forward to new treasures ahead. In looking back over the last several weeks of shooting, I recently came across this early December image, just waiting to be shared. This delicate leaf was just hanging on when I shot it one breezy morning… one of the last leaves to join all the others, disintegrating into mulch, creating fodder for new life in the spring. I am drawn to compositions like this because I love to be able to capture that “moment in time” when even the smallest, often overlooked, aspects of nature can be contemplated, and a greater meaning can be found. The leaf is long gone by now, but my image, and my memory of the moment, remains. Hope you enjoy…

Elegance, magnified…

 

There is something so exciting and fulfilling about macro photography. I never tire of the joy of discovery–peering through the lens at a Lilliputian world, stumbling upon  compositions that reveal minute, breathtaking beauty, most of which are within mere feet of my door. We had a stretch of lovely autumn weather recently that offered a wealth of possibilities for morning macro photography. Freshly fallen leaves, still mostly alive and supple with sap and vibrant color, yet captive and resting, waiting for my camera. The frost and dew still lingering at these early morning hours added a touch of brilliance to scenes that were lovely to behold to the naked eye, but up close, became exquisite. Hope you enjoy…

 

 

Days all aglow…

 

Scrumptious color, everywhere I look these past weeks. We’ve had a particularly long, beautiful run of color this autumn in Middle Tennessee, which has drawn me outside, camera in hand, like a bee to honey. It’s truly irresistible. I love it when a tree like this maple is bursting with warm reds and golds, which creates a canopy of brilliant warm tones below. Even the trunk is glowing. As I was standing underneath, shooting upward, leaf after leaf dropped down around me, reminding me that these days are fleeting. Time to savor, appreciate, and shoot. Hope you enjoy…

Autumn art…

 

I live for autumn. The world is awash with the most beautiful color imaginable. Sometimes it truly just stops me dead in my tracks, and I have to pause and breathe it in. I realize it should be a melancholy time, when the vibrant life of summer fades, dries, crumples, and eventually blows away… but I think for  exactly that reason, I cherish autumn’s fleeting, vibrant beauty all the more. Lately, I’ve been blessed with a double dose of opportunity–fantastic autumn color plus an early morning dose of sugar frosting sprinkled over nature’s palette. Two mornings this week I bundled up, cold tripod in hand, and set out to discover new worlds laying right before my feet. Geometry, color, and texture was everywhere… nevermind numb fingers and toes… it was a photographer’s wonderland. Hope you enjoy…

Nature’s canvas…

If Jackson Pollack worked in pine needles (haha)… hope you enjoy.

Life as art….

 

One of the joys of photography for me is finding something fairly ordinary, capturing it with my camera, and somehow, through my own vision initially behind the camera and afterwards, viewing and processing it onscreen, rendering a final image that emerges greater than the sum of its parts. Something, in other words, truly artistic.  Nature’s just filled with these artistic possibilities…you just have to walk outside and find them! Hope you enjoy…

Frosty starburst…

 

This image is a follow up to my last post, taken that same morning. I love the way these tiny evergreen needles look like starbursts, each popping out in perfect symmetry, and crystallized in the morning’s frozen dew. Hope you enjoy…

 

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Winter’s first sparkle…

 

There is something almost electric about the first frost of the season… you look out and all you can say is… wow… I had forgotten about this magic! Overnight, it was as if fairies from childhood tapped their wands on everything living and gave the world a spectacular lustre… a glow that beckoned me to bundle up and venture out with camera in hand. And, truly, I was rewarded. This was one of my favorite shots, where it appears as though these scarlet leaves have been dipped and sugar-coated, in preparation for the day. This is one of those times when you realize there is a wonderful world waiting to be photographed, all just a few yards from the back door. Welcome Winter! Hope you enjoy…