Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Black & White Photography


Steps In The Yard


This week I’m keeping with the theme of photographs from the yard. I saw these as I was out back and I wondered how best could I photograph them. They were a lovely shade of brown, but I had in mind a B&W photo for these.

I kept the camera and myself low as I looked at these from different angles. I tried different photographic views but none of them felt right, until I came up with this angle and view.

I knew I had the photo that I wanted. It just flowed through the scene and looked to me as if these were steps one could take to another world. By now, you all should know that I have a very active imagination…

So, this is the finished image and I hope you enjoy viewing it as much as I did in creating it…

Monday, July 25, 2011

A View From Western Maryland




Never let it be said that we in Western Maryland do not have a sense of humor.

This scene can be viewed at the corner of Frederick (old lower road that used to cross the tracks) and Decatur St. I don’t know who has done this but they have a great imagination, patience and time to have done this. I applaud them for coming up with this idea.

However, unless this was the follow through with a left-handed club I don’t think it is going to have a good chance of hitting the ball very far, if they can hit it all. Besides it looks like he, or she, is playing our of  the rough...  :-)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Black & White Photography




If you saw Monday’s post – Abandoned – then you will know that this is part two of my talk the talk and walking the walk posts. If you didn’t see it then click on the “Abandoned” link above, check it out, and then you can come back here.

This was found in a back section of my yard as I was walking around. I had already taken the photo for “Abandoned” and was looking for more. As soon as I saw this one I knew I had my B&W photo. It was white to begin with and there was a dark background. What more was there for which I could ask?

I came in close, no macro, zoomed in, composed and fired. In Photoshop Elements I converted this to a B&W image, did a few small settings and this is what I had.

So, now you have two examples of what I was saying when I wrote this:

“The purpose of this journal is to show that you can find something of interest to photograph even if you don't leave your own yard. There are photographic opportunities everywhere you look and they are there just waiting for you to find them.”

You’ve been challenged…

Monday, July 18, 2011

Moments In Time




In the column, to the right. called “The Reason For Riff’s Photography Journal” I wrote the following:

“The purpose of this journal is to show that you can find something of interest to photograph even if you don't leave your own yard. There are photographic opportunities everywhere you look and they are there just waiting for you to find them.”

Well, if I’m going to talk the talk then I should walk the walk and practice what I preach. This isn’t the first time I’ve done this but it is the first time that I admitted it. Today’s photo, and the B&W image later this week, was taken somewhere in my yard.

This photo – Abandoned – was taken one evening right after a rain. At these times, I love the way everything seems to have a shine to it and the colors always seem to be more saturated. As I looked up at this chair, which we have sort of abandoned it’s use for this year, I viewed a scene that just begged to be photographed.

The dark and saturated colors around it were set off by the light glow of the grass in the foreground. To me it was a ready made picture. I did use my DSLR for this and did some light work on it in Photoshop Elements. This is the finished result.

This truly is my world, and you are welcome to it…

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Travel Photography


Face In The Stone

When we travel to different places to visit I always try to look for something different, something unusual to photograph. It has to be something that stands out from the otherwise normal type of travel photography that one might take when visiting these areas.

As we walked around Harpers Ferry, WV, on a recent trip there, I kept noticing that a number of buildings and walls were made out of flat rock. Seemed to be an abundance of that type of rock everywhere.

As we were inside one of the buildings that are open for viewing, I walked out back and immediately noticed the rock walls everywhere. Then I noticed it. One of the rocks had what looked like, to me, a face in it.

However, instead of photographing just the face in the stone I decided to photograph the whole area and just leave the face in a small part of it for others to find. That’s your assignment. See if you can find the face. I don’t think you will have to hard of a time in doing so…

Monday, July 11, 2011

Moments In Time


Wild Thing

Sometimes I like to deviate from the kind of photography that I normally do and create something different. Wild Thing is an example of that.

I was out on the hillside the other evening and I saw this yellow plant of some kind just coming out of the ground. It was surrounded by the wild grass that was growing around it and it just looked out of place.

I got down low with the camera and basically photographed this image, without looking through the viewfinder, and just holding the camera a couple of inches off of the ground. I then played around with the image in Photoshop Elements just to bring out the color and texture, and to dramatically change the overall look of the photo.

This is the finished product. Hope you like it…

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Black & White Photography


Road Trip Photo of Mountain Thunder


Here’s why I sub-titled this a Road Trip Photo. I was coming back into town from a service call and as I rounded the curve on Green Street I saw the smoke coming up from behind the buildings. I knew Mountain Thunder was at the station.

I picked up my point & shoot camera from off of the front seat as I rounded the second curve leading to the tracks and Baltimore Street. I lowered the passenger side window pointed my camera and zoomed in enough so that the window, itself, could not be seen in the photo.

Just as I started to cross the tracks I aimed and fired. This is the prey that I captured. It was then that I realized that there was no one in view. I had inadvertently photographed ol’ #734 without anyone being around; mighty unusual. I think that by this time everyone had gotten on board and the train was just about ready to pull out from the station.

Sometimes God does put you in the right place at the right time to get the right photo. For me this was one of those times. I even envisioned the finished photo to be a B&W image and this is it.

Now you know why I sub-titled this, "Road Trip Photo of Mountain Thunder", and I hope you like it…

Monday, July 4, 2011

Moments In Time

Happy July 4th

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!