In the previous post I mentioned how revisiting familiar places often will bring new discoveries. I found a few more during my latest visit to the Hopewell Furnace Historic Site.
I couldn’t tell you how many times I have walked past this doorway to the company store. But I never experienced what I did that morning.
As I peered into the room, the early morning sunlight was streaming through the old window. It may have been the time of day, or the time of the year, but the aged wood was aglow with golden light.
Ambient light from the window was the sole light source in this photograph.
I have been around boats of all sizes and modes of power most of my life. Storage and/or a place to moor a boat have always been my challenge in ownership. So, in order to satisfy the need to have a vessel to take out on the water, we settled for a 14 foot canoe. It has served us well over the years and brought plenty of enjoyment paddling and fishing the local lakes and waterways.
My ultimate boat to own would be a 21 foot wooden gaff rigged sloop. Or a 34 foot lobster boat style picnic boat. Come to think of it, any boat would do. Even something like the ship pictured here. She is just slightly larger than my ultimate dream boat, but she would do in a pinch.
If you’re gonna dream, dream big!
She is the CVN 72 USS Abraham Lincoln. I photographed her while she was in the Newport News Shipbuilding Yard in Newport News, Virgina.
What’s the most natural way to hold the camera when taking photos? Many folks would agree it’s in the horizontal format. Probably 90 percent of the shots we all take are in the horizontal format. There is nothing wrong with shooting this way, after all, it’s how we see naturally.
Although, there is another way to hold the camera when taking photos, and that’s in the vertical format. In many cases, a composition will work better as a vertical as compared to a horizontal format. Just by changing from one view to the other, the dynamics of a photo can be subtle or significant.
Sure, you can crop a horizontal image and make it a vertical, and sometimes that’s the only option, especially if you didn’t take a vertical shot. But, by cropping, you can only capture a portion of the original image.
When should you take a vertical shot? In my opinion, right after taking a horizontal shot.
Try it and see what a different perspective will do for your photographs.
Neither of these two photos have been cropped. They are straight out of the camera to illustrate the difference between a horizontal and vertical composition.
Here is another shot I had taken at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum at the WWll Weekend Event. There were numerous brightly painted Stearman Bi-planes lined up on the tarmac where folks could get up close to the antique airplanes. I was walking around taking detail shots of the aircraft, when I noticed an interesting perspective of these three tail sections. I liked the color and shapes they formed when lined up in this manner.
Well, I couldn’t resist capturing this view, so I positioned my camera and tripod for the best angle. Which meant shortening the tripod legs and kneeling on the pavement.
I used my zoom lens to compress the scene somewhat and adjusted my exposure settings for the shot. I also set the focus point to be somewhere between the first two vertical stabilizers rather than on the closest one. This way, everything in the scene would go soft…somewhere in between in and out of focus…and hopefully it would have a more vintage feel. Then I had to wait a few minutes for folks to clear out of viewfinder range.
I did get some funny looks from many of the visitors to the museum that day. I was the only one kneeling or lying on my back to get photos of the airplanes.
But I think taking the time to find the non-traditional viewpoint and wait for an unobstructed shot paid off in this case.
It’s mid-week, time to slow down the hectic pace, take a deep breath and relax.
The photo is of Blue Hill Bay, Maine, in the morning.
I was revisiting my film archives, as I do from time to time, to select images to scan and capture as electronic files. I came across this image, and while I recall taking the shot and the situation surrounding the event, it sparked my imagination.
I envisioned this gentleman had just mounted his hunter on an early fall day, and was headed to greet his guests for the fox hunt. They would all gather in the great hall for a traditional hunt breakfast and then head out for a ride to the hounds. The group of mounted riders and packs of fox hounds would traverse the estate through the woods and fields. Eventually making their way back to the manor, they would celebrate with champagne cordials.
In reality, this is one of the officials at the Radnor Hunt Races which take place in Malvern Pennsylvania. It’s a annual multi-race steeplechase event. The course covers several miles of countryside with jumps, puddles, hedges, fences, and other obstacles for horse and rider to navigate. And all proceeds from the Radnor Hunt Races benefit the land and water preservation programs of the Brandywine Conservancy in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.
Several years ago I built seven wooden planter boxes to attach to the railing on our deck. We fill them with annual flowers, and each season use different varieties so visually, it is never the same from one year to the next.
Except for this time. The petunias we planted last spring did really well so we decided to use them again. We can justify this since we are using a different color scheme. The flowers we chose are very pale and subtle in color and will be soothing to the eye.
There’s just one problem. It’s been rather hot and humid around here lately so we haven’t planted them yet. Right now the little pots of flowers are on the deck in there respective positions waiting to be elevated from floor level and put in the planters.
The other complication is in the planters themselves. Last year’s crop of purple, lavender, and white petunias reseeded themselves. Somehow the seeds made it through the winter, spouted, and are doing quite nicely with no help from us.
We don’t have the heart to pull the small plants from last year’s show since they stuck it out and are performing again. It looks like this season’s color scheme will be slightly modified.