Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Pine Forest

I like to tell myself that there is always a picture to be had. My job is to find it.

I have driven by this stand of trees almost every day for the past year. There have been a few times that I thought about stopping. Finally, this one particular day, I did stop. But I didn't have my camera with me. Seeing such wonderful light, I decide that I should hurry home and return to take this photograph.

It's title is simply "The Pine Forest"

[Nikon D300, Sigma 10 - 20mm @ 20mm, ISO 200, 1/13 sec, tripod mounted, ND filter]



Pine needles beneath my feet. A warm late afternoon sun on my face. Summer fading away.
Few green plants remain, reaching for light and warmth, desperately wanting to hang on beyond the changing season.

The sweet smell of pine filling the air. Bird songs echo, carried in the windy breeze.
They mask the nearly silent crunch of needles underfoot.

I feel peace here.
Alone, I embrace the solitude.

And I am warmed by the quiet comfort one can only get when surrounded by beings such as these.
My big brothers watching over me.

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Red Trillium Studio Tour

I am participating in the Red Trillium Studio Tour this weekend, so another photo entry will have to wait a day or two, unless I can find some time to add another entry this weekend. Stumble Upon Toolbar

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Late Autumn Forest On A WaterColour Canvas

I came upon this scene, while out photographing with a friend. A flock of geese had just been swimming through the calm water, leaving this rippling reflection in it's wake.

The title of this photo is "Late Autumn Forest On A WaterColour Canvas"

[Nikon D300, Nikon 16-85mm @ 45mm, ISO 400, f/4.8, 1/200]


If this were a poem,
instead of a photograph,
each tree would lie within its own stanza,
each rippled ending would be a rhyme.

Whether the scene is created with light, or words, or water, or paint,
there is no mistaking the almost primal call
with which trees and water can draw us beyond our fragile selves.
The enduring forest, the ever present sea, dwarfs our briefest of existence
when set against the possibility
of the same view that generations of our ancestors enjoyed.

Perhaps it is that enduring sense
of grandeur and timelessness
that lures us often
from our urban dwellings
to be renewed within a forest walk,
a wondrous mountain view,
or the feel of sand against our toes
as we stroll the beach along a summer shoreline.

And recognizing
if even for just a moment
our connection,
our fellowship
with the nature around us,
we pause and breathe it in:
that sense of peace,
that sense of renewal,
that sense of life itself.

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Uncertain Future

I have always found myself attracted to photographing doors - and windows - like this one, titled "Uncertain Future".

[Nikon D300, Nikon 16-85mm@18mm, ISO 2000, f/3.8, 1/100]




The first attraction lies in the variety of stories that can be attached to a scene such as this. Who lived here? Worked here? Who stepped out of this door carrying with them the hopes of a new day, a promise of a brighter future? Or who stepped out and felt immediately weighed down with the gloom of another day without hope? A day of carrying the constant burden of unrealized dreams.

Perhaps this was a door to an entrepreneur's dream? A shop to lift oneself out of one's lot and into a better future that spoke a promise of better times for the sons and daughters that were loved so much and for whom the sacrifice of hard work was lessened by the very nature of the love one had for them.
Perhaps a young man carried his dreams of fortune with him as he confidently walked through this door to another day of honest work, with it's promise of advancement up the ranks - perhaps to one day owning his own business.
Perhaps this was the door through which a lonely person greatfully entered to the comfort of no more rejecting glances, at least for this day.
Refuge or relief? Which one accompanied the opening of the door?

There might be a notion that somehow this door speaks of the past... but to me, it speaks instead of what might have been.

Rust, worn bricks, crumbling foundation...once again, don't be shy. Let me know what YOU see. Comments always welcome!


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Thursday, November 19, 2009

First Photo Posting

I have finally decided to launch this blog to complement my PhotoDiction web site. My expectation is that I will periodically publish a photo here, with the intent of discussing what drew me to the scene. My hope is that you enjoy the photos and that you get a glimpse into my rationale for taking the photo. I also hope that you will feel free to comment - on either the photo itself, or my comments about the photo.

The title of this photo is: "Friendship Endures".

[Nikon D300, Nikon 16-85mm @ 40mm, ISO 800, f/8.0, 1/320]





So... why did I shoot this?

The first attraction to this scene was the architecture (late 1800 - early 1900) juxtaposed with the colorful art panels painted on two of the windows. There are many elements showing wear and weathering - just as there exists in many relationships. The solid foundation is able to withstand or endure the elements that strive to wear it down. The bright and almost festive color of the art panels nicely contradicts and nicely complements the 'barriers' between the two women figures. The boarded window hides some element that was between them, long past broken down. But then... we all have secrets, don't we!

The top row sits upon a row of windows that show obvious signs of renewal. Though the foundation may be getting old, the refurbished row provides a good reminder that all relationships can be supported by renewing that which they stand upon. Be it love, friendship... or just a wondrous old building getting a new lease on life.

Don't be shy. Let me know what YOU see. Comments always welcome!

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