Lensless

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I had no intentions of posting today, but I was nominated for the 7-day nature challenge on Facebook by another photographer.   I posted photographs from my archives the past two days and the photographer then reminded me that I was supposed to post photographs of the snow like everyone else.  Well, I honestly tire of looking at pictures of the snow after about a week or so of repetitively seeing them.   But, to make the photographer happy I decided to go out and shoot this afternoon.  I climbed through at least two feet of snow and played.  It was warm, 40 degrees F and it felt great to be outside and playing with my camera.  I felt somewhat like an animal on the prowl as I searched for my subjects.

While I was photographing a pine cone using back lighting and creating beautiful bokeh I remembered an article I recently read about lensless photography.   Because I had the time and was on a mission to create some unique winter images I decided to try it.  The above photographs are the results.

Do you love the hazy effect as much as I do?  I feel like I captured my prey.  One might argue that the first image is too “blue” meaning the white balance is off, but I was in the shade and it is a winter/snow shot and it is cold so to me, the color is perfect for what I was representing with my work.

Which do you prefer?  The color photograph or the black and white?

Bagpipe Player at Sunset

 

Evening at Spanish Bay

Evening at Spanish Bay

SS 100, f 14, ISO 400

“No other game combines the wonder of nature with the discipline of sport in such carefully planned ways. A great golf course both frees and challenges a golfer’s mind.” – Tom Watson

This image was taken during the 5:15 pm bagpipe session at Spanish Bay Golf Resort.  The sun was setting and the haze, clouds, and colors were dynamic.  I wanted to capture the bagpipe player in a mystical, yet methodical way, thus I used the background as my focus and captured the bagpipe player as a silhouette so that the mind naturally wonders to the sound of the music amidst the light and the ocean breeze.

To see this image in black and white – just as dramatic as the image in color, visit Monochromia, a black and white photography blog, for my Thursday post.  I’d love to hear which image you prefer.

Have a fabulous weekend!  And, may the sun be at your back.

A House, in Black and White

“I never expected anyone to take care of me, but in my wildest dreams and juvenile yearnings, I wanted the house with the picket fence from June Allyson movies. I knew that was yearning like one yearns to fly.” – Maya Angelou

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Strong, Powerful, Beautiful

“A horse is the projection of people’s dreams about themselves – strong, powerful, beautiful – and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence.” – Pam Brown

Strong, Powerful, Beautiful

Strong, Powerful, Beautiful

Magical Things of Life

Magical Things of Life

Magical Things of Life

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper. – W.B. Yeats

Mystical Morning

Mystical Morning

Mystical Morning

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Saturday morning I co-led a workshop through the Heritage Conservancy.   We met at a local Conservancy property for a sunrise shoot.  The morning was nothing shy of mystical and magical.  As the sun rose and the fog lifted, three spirited horses galloped through the pasture.

Behold Snow

“Kindness is like snow – it beautifies everything it covers”- Unknown

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“When Christmas bells are swinging above the fields of snow, we hear sweet voices ringing from lands of long ago, and etched on vacant places are half-forgotten faces of friends we used to cherish, and loves we used to know.”- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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“How did it happen that their lips came together? How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill? A kiss, and all was said.”- Victor Hugo

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