I love split rail fences and the texture of the weathered wood. This is the fence line that runs along the West end of the Fortress golf course in Frankenmuth. I shot this at about 8:00pm, as the sun was sinking low in the West, creating a golden glow.
This morning was beautiful. As I looked out the window, I could see the crescent moon shining as the dawn was breaking with a beautiful blend of colors. There was a layer of ground fog which added a soft filter to everything low. I like the colors behind the silhouette of the willow trees with their lacey branches. A beautiful sight indeed as we left the house on way to church. Thank you Lord for the beauty of your creation.
Praise him, sun and moon,
praise him, all you shining stars!
Praise him, you highest heavens,
and you waters above the heavens!
Let them praise the name of the Lord!
For he commanded and they were created. Psalm 148:3-5 ESV
This is Mrowli, our cat. When his eyes look like this, dilated pupils, he is ready to pounce. I’m not sure what he’s looking to at, or what he is considering going after; maybe it’s Tillie, he likes to play with her sometimes. Especially if she’s not ready for the Mrowli pounce. He looks very intense and focused.
I sliced this delicious honey crisp apple with one of those gadgets Vicki picked up at a Pampered Chef party. This is a really great way to slice up an apple, it makes uniform, bite size pieces. This tool makes it easy to eat an apple a day. After all we are supposed to eat at least 5 servings a day of fruit and vegetables. I’ve been trying to hit that number, but it’s not always easy, just like everything else. For this photo I used soft box with my SB900 flash unit. I shot the photo in RAW and then processed in Photoshop CS5. I used the “ink outline” filter and added a little texture to give the photo more of a painted look.
This is Day 71 of my 365 challenge. My goal at the outset has been to find photo opportunities that are around me everyday. I know there is one subject that is always close by that I haven’t really explored with the camera… me. Now, I am not one to take a lot of self portraits, this is only my third in 71 days after all; but I do think it helps to look at one’s self now and again, other than the self we see in the mirror each day. And as I mentioned earlier, self as a photo opportunity is always close by. I also wanted to work on HDR technique and chose this setting because of the varying density of available light. This is an activity I am engaged in frequently, night time computing. Once I processed the HDR photo, I wanted to de-emphasize the busy background. I added another layer and removed the color, I like this effect.
There is a strange phenomenon that occurs when I see myself in a photo; I look older than when I see myself in a mirror. I think my mind filters what I see when I look in the mirror. The filter for me, is set so that I appear to be in my mid to late twenties, so when I see myself in a photo I think, “wow, who is the old guy”. Maybe that is why I’m not fond of self portraits. I like being on the other side of the lens.
I posted a shot of this windmill a few weeks back, after we had a snow. I love this old windmill, it reminds me of an earlier time, when I was a young boy, and trips to my uncle’s farm. I like the vines growing on the legs of the windmill. The old tree stump in the foreground and the rickety fence also add to the old time feeling.