Each year, for the past few years, I've printed a small number of photo books and given them to my friends, family, and those that have really encouraged my photography. The last of the 2013 books is now in the mail and I can finally show them off to the rest of your fine people.
You can download and view your copy here: 2013 photo book
Last weekend, was a cold foggy one. My usual walk at the lake was not in the east bit comfortable. Still, it was beautiful in its own right. As I walked along the ridge overlooking the beach, I saw this scene:
What caught my eye was the way the tree broke the parallel lines of the beach. However, when I began processing the image, I was pretty dissatisfied. The lines were not as parallel as I had thought. There was ice floating in the water that were distracting. So I gave the problem some thought and opened up Photoshop.
The first step was to re-crop the image to provide some better balance and focus on the tree. I then straightened the shorelines and removed the distracting ice. Finally, I straighened the tree line and applied some basic adjustments.
Sometimes our images need a little help to get them to be what we envisioned when we snapped the shot. Is it cheating? Is putting makeup on a pretty woman cheating?
This image combines two favorites in one photo; sycamore trees and fog. I am always looking for a good sycamore scene. The white trunks are gorgeous, especially in the winter. The problem is that I struggle to find scenes in which the tree contrasts nicely with the background.
When I wake up and see fog in the morning, I always run out with my camera. I am intrigued by the way the fog shrouds the landscape, hiding details or coyly revealing brief glimpses.
Imagine how excited I was to see both a nicely contrasting sycamore sitting in a foggy scene. The reflection...pure bonus!
New Year's Eve means the big charity ball in South Charleston, Ohio. Every year, a Civil War period ball is held to benefit the South Charleston Opera House.
I've shot the ball a few times and every time, I struggle to take good images. The light is low and there is a lot of motion. Still, it is beautiful to see and one of my favorite events of the year. Those of you with very good eyes might notice that my good friend Debbie is playing in the band. That woman has skilz!
You can see the entire set of photos at this link.
It's unusual for me to capture Debbie and Sarah in the same image. Mostly because Sarah is a barn cat and not normally allowed inside of the house. Let's just say that Sara was really enjoying her very temporary house priveledges.
It was a quiet visit. The moment seemed the perfect subject for a photo. Snap, snap... I am accutely aware that I am taking pictures, but I am always shooting around Debbie and she mostly pays me no attention.
Sarah was just happy that she could take a bath in the warm house. Sooner thatn she would have liked, it was back out side for Sarah. I took the opportunity to walk over to the barn to see the new calf and lambs. Sarah followed me and quickly became engrossed in her day job...looking for mice.
It was a fine day for both Sarah and I. A nice way to wrap up 2013 at the farm. As I look at the images, I am reminded that every year, I wonder how I am going to top the previous year's images. How can I possibly create photos that are one notch ahead? How can I continue to grow as a photographer?
2014, you are challenging me already.
This is one of those photos that you see the moment you turn the corner. I was across the farm yard when I saw the girls and I was a fraid that they would run off before I could get closer. I walked slowly towards them until I was close enough to get the shot and then fired off a series of photos.
This image is all about the girls wearing their pinnies contrasted against the massive side of the red barn. It's an iconic image that speaks of the simplicity and of an era past and the innocence of youth.
It's the holiday season and that means time for me to look at the photos I've taken in the last 12 months and decide which ones I want to put into my annual photo book. It's like choosing your favorite child (I only have one, so that would be easier for me than most).
I finally have the book ready to send off to print and I thought you might like a sneak peek. The image above? That's your sneak peek. That's all you get. Some of you may or may not recieve a copy and I wouldn't want to spoil the surprise.
Sunday, I got to shoot the cutest three year old that you will ever meet. I know you have seen a lot of three year olds. You probably even think you have the cutest three year old. You are wrong. It's common mistake made by people that have never met this three year old.
Was I right or what? I see you nodding your head. Yeah, I see you over in Chicago and in Boston.
Just feast your eyes on pure uncut cute. I'll just sit here and let you absorb it all.
You tube has kittens playing the piano. Face Book has that weird little puppy that looks like a mutant stuffed animal. Neither can hold a candle to little miss H.
You can thank me later,