Petunia after the rain


As evening drew near, the rain stopped and as I looked at the petunias, I saw how the large blossoms held the drops of rain. So, I took some close up shots with the iPhone. I like how the monochrome finish emphasizes the water droplets. #photoaday

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Day 261 – Keys to Music


I see nice contrast between the black and white keys with distinct lines and angles formed by the spaces between the keys; to me, it’s an opportunity for a nice black and white photo. To a musician, these keys are the tools to open the door to an infinite number of melodies that make wonderful music. I love to listen to music, but I am not able to make the keys produce a sound that is pleasing to the ear. I am limited in my use of the keys; a photo in black and white.

Day 200 – Sepia Antique Building

In between shooting events at Bike Week, I wandered through the Ogemaw Fairgrounds in search of, a photo opportunity other than a motorcycle theme. Well, I do love old wooden buildings, and I do know where to find some on the fairgrounds. There is a nice little village that has been reconstructed with lots of old buildings. I really like the hinges on this old barn door. I debated whether or not to upload in color, the combination of rust and wood made for great textures, I decided on sepia tone. I like the tone and the antique mood it brings to the photo. We finally had a break in the heat today, it was much more tolerable being outside. Yesterday was unbearable, but somehow we made it through. Then it was back to the arena for Flat Track Racing, and more dust and dirt.

Day 198 – Vintage and Burnouts

This Harley Davidson was on display in the Exhibit area at Bike Week. I really like the vintage bikes, and of course vintage bikes should be rendered in black and white. This reminds me of the motorcycle police bikes way back. This one is a 1957, older than me. 🙂
Flash forward to today, this evening just before the sun set, as I was making my way around camp, looking for photo ops, I came across the burnout area. Yep, this is where they line up to burn rubber. John, pictured here saw me with the camera and graciously volunteered to do a burnout for me. Wow, check out all the smoke. Great burnout John.

Day 194 – Monochrome Pepper

Tonight I wanted to do a still life, and struggled to find a subject. Then I remembered the orange pepper I had in the refrigerator. I set up a couple of different shots and experimented with the lighting and ended up with the shots you see above. As I was processing in Lightroom 4, I wanted to see what the pepper would look like in black and white. I really like the look, much more than the color version I originally was looking for. I also added a print template and saved as a jpeg. Tomorrow I am heading up to West Branch where Bike Week 2012 begins on Sunday. I will be taking photos all week, should be interesting. Stay tuned…

Day 186 – Bridgeport Historical Society

I am attracted to old barns and out buildings. I really like the weathered wood and the old hardware on the doors. The photo to the left is the door and hinges on an old corn crib (that’s what we used to call the one on my uncle’s farm). I like the look of the hinges and the weathered, painted wood. I took this photo and the reset of the photos in this post at the Historical Society of Bridgeport grounds. This is a nice area where the group has put together a nice historic park, including restored buildings from earlier days. There is a paved pathway that you can follow and some really nice flower gardens.  I’m not sure what kind of plant this is, but I like the way it is climbing up the beam to the portico.  I used my 50 mm lens today.  I like the bokeh effect on the back ground, which really draws your attention to the flowers as the main focal point.

The picture below was taken in front of the barn.  I like the look of the yellow flowers with the barn wood and wagon wheel in the back ground.

Click on any of the pictures to view them larger.

Day 183 – The Simple Life

Today we visited Mike and Mary Ann, everyone calls her “Stu”. Upon arriving, we noticed Stu’s car was not in the drive. Vicki sent a quick text and received the response from Stu, that she was at her son’s house and wouldn’t be home for a while. As they texted back and forth, I noticed the window on the side of their barn. I really like to photograph windows and doors, so I said to Vicki, “I’ll be right back”. As I was walking up to get a nice shot of the window, I noticed the day lillies in front of the barn. I really like the combination of the day lillies against the old barn wood and weathered window. As I took a few more steps and moved in closer, I noticed the old, rusty bicycle leaning against the galvanized wall of the barn, so I shot a couple more pictures.
I really like the way the sun was shining on the bike, almost like a spot light drawing my attention to it. I also like the contrast of the rust on the bike against the blueish tint of the galvanized steel wall. I zoomed in on the rear wheel of the bike to capture the unique detail, they sure don’t make them like this anymore.
Finally, I processed the bike as a sepia tone image to really add to that antique feel. The bike, the barn, the old window, remind me of simpler times when things were slower; it was a harder life, that’s for sure, but at a much slower pace. I’m not really sure if I would want to go back in time… after all, back in yesteryear, they didn’t have digital SLR cameras, cell phones, or blogs. Maybe the simple life is not all it’s cracked up to be.
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Day 181 – Lunch Time

Hickory Smoked Beef-stick with Romaine Lettuce

Today’s photo is a food picture. When it comes to food photography, I am a rookie. I do enjoy looking at pictures of food, almost as much as I enjoy eating it. The only problem is, some of the photos look so great, they make me hungry. While I was thinking about what to have for lunch, I decided to shoot my lunch before I prepared it. Pictured above are the ingredients of my lunch, a Hickory Smoked Beef-stick sandwich with Romaine lettuce on whole wheat bread (bread not included in photo). To set up this photo, I placed all of the elements on a wooden cutting board near the window. Natural window light is the only light I used. Camera settings were manual mode, 1/125 @ f/5.6, RAW format, then processed in Lightroom 4. After looking at the picture, I wondered what it would look like as a sepia toned photo. The picture below is the same photo, but processed as sepia tone.
Hickory Smoked Beef-stick with Romaine Lettuce – sepia

In the case of food, at least in this case, I think the color version is more appealing, although the texture of the romaine lettuce seems to stand out more in the sepia. What are your thoughts? If you have any food photography tips, please share them. All comments are welcome.

Backyard Weeds Black and White

These weeds are in the field behind my back yard. I wanted to use a shallow depth of field to draw attention to the taller wheaty looking weed, the soft focus on the other weeds provides a nice background. Vicki doesn’t like this photo, because there is too much soft focus, most of the photo is out of focus in her words. What do you think?

Day 179 – Weekly Photo Challenge: Create


I have been racking my brain trying to come up with a photo for this week’s challenge, the WordPress Postaday Weekly Challenge. This week’s challenge theme is “Create”. All it took was a quick walk into the back yard. I spotted the this nest the hornets created in my clothes line pole. It appears to be a vacant nest. A spider has built a nest in hope of a return visit from one of the hornets.

Day 173 – Shoot the Shadow Man

The Shadow Man, where ever I go, he is there too. Especially on sunny mornings, like the one we had today. I decided to shoot the shadow man, as it looked like he was about to shoot me. He was right there standing on the grass, next to me. I wonder how his photo of me looks…