One thing that is always interesting is to use my photography to capture other works of art.
My father is a painter. I have gone to some of his exhibits and photographed his artwork as it hangs on the wall.
It is interesting to see if I can create a fun take on the original piece of art using my camera.
I find that if I shoot the original piece at a sharp angle and with a shallow depth of field it yields an interesting look.
My dad and I have talked about trying to put together some type of art exhibit with his original paintings and my photographic interpretation of his work.
I have not had many opportunities to photograph beavers.
This was a fun photograph from back in 2010.
On this outing I was exploring photography opportunities at Hickories Park in Owego, New York.
I spotted this beaver nibbling on a tree branch.
I maneuvered myself into a place where I could see the beaver and not disturb them.
Watching and photographing from between the trees.
The out of focus tree trunks in the foreground create a nice frame for the image.
This draws your eye right to the main subject which is the beaver.
What do you think of this shot? Tell me what you think in the comments below or on social media.
Over the course of 2021 I did something I have never done before. I took at least one photo every single day. Often many, many more than one photo. Then I took one of the photos I just created on that day and I shared it here on my blog.
2021 One photo a day project:
One reason I wanted to do this is there are many times where I feel stuck, paralyzed and anxious in my photography. I want to create, but what should I create. Where should I go. What should my subject be.
Then once I have created photos there are more questions. What will I do with my photos? Post on social media, upload to my website galleries, or write on my blog? I love sharing and writing on my blog but sometimes I am paralyzed by anxiety and the opportunity to share in a timely manner just slips away.
Committing to this project took a lot of that anxiety away. It did create some other new anxieties but it gave me a plan and a course to follow. I do much better with a plan and a commitment. Take a photo, share it on the blog.
This commitment allowed me to find a way to create images in situations and times of year where I just would not have normally created any art. I don’t know for a fact, but I am pretty sure I created more art this year than in any other year. I did many of the normal types of photography I do, plus I took photos every single day when normally I don’t.
During the project I took photos I wouldn’t normally take. I photographed subjects I normally wouldn’t. I became interested in types of photography I wasn’t before. Photography I was interested in but never took the time to try out now I had a reason to try.
After a fun year of doing something so different for me I wanted to take a moment to share more images that I took over the course of 2021 since there are so many siting on a hard drive no one has seen yet. I will group the photographs into galleries by subject. Let me know what you think of the photos.
2022 blogging plans
I love sharing my photography and my writing here on my blog. I hope you enjoy seeing the photos and reading my words. As 2021 was unfolding I started to think about what I wanted to do on my blog for 2022. I really enjoyed sharing photos daily with a relatively short bit of writing to accompany the photo. I decided I wanted to do more of that but in a different format.
In 2022 I will publish one photo every day with a short text to accompany it. Instead of each photo being taken that day it will be much the opposite. Each photo will be from my archives. Probably a photo that has never been shared before.
I want to keep these daily posts bite sized and easily digestible so I will try to keep my writing brief. The text accompanying the photo will be talking about various topics. Some days it may relate to the photograph directly and some days it may relate to what the photograph makes me feel, or some totally different topic all together.
New to my blog for 2022 will also be a line of photo details for most of the images. This line will tell you what equipment and settings were used when I created the image for those who are interested in learning how the image was created. I don’t think I have ever done that before so that is a fun little nugget of information to add to each post.
In addition to these daily posts I will also try to have periodic longer posts. These longer posts will not replace the daily short post, but will be in addition to the short pieces. Many of the longer posts will be related to what I am currently up to and projects I am working on.
I hope everyone found time for some art in 2021 and I wish everyone well for 2022.
If you have never seen a spotted salamander you should really try to see one. They are phenomenal creatures.
Salamanders are usually thought of as tiny little things. But these spotted salamanders are as big as your hand.
I was fortunate enough to see these creatures right in my own yard.
This image was created in the spring of 2009 during April.
The camera body I used when creating this image was the Nikon D300. And attached to that body was the Nikon 60mm macro lens.
Internal camera settings at time of capture were: ISO 800, 60mm, f/6.3, 1/200 sec.
For this post it was time to do some post processing. I like using Lightroom for this. I found a preset that really accentuated the contrast of the light on one side of the salamander and the shadow on the other side.
What do you think about this image? Tell me in the comments or reach out on social media.
Over the course of the last several days of my one photo a day challenge that I completed in 2021 I was waiting for a flower to bloom.
I had moved my annuals from outside to inside hoping they would survive the winter.
One plant in particular, a gerbera daisy, was doing quite well. It actually seemed to be thriving inside.
The Gerbera daisy plant had actually developed a flower blossom.
My hope for my photography project was to photograph it over the course of several days as it began to bloom.
And then I wanted my final photograph of my one photo a day project to be the flower in full bloom.
Unfortunately, the flower blossom matured too slowly. The flower was not fully in bloom until after my 365 photos of 2021 were completed.
But now the flower is in bloom and I wanted to take a moment to share that photo with you.
Just because a project has come to an end doesn’t mean you have to put the camera down. Keep working to satisfy those personal goals you have.
I wanted to photograph the fully bloomed flower and even though my project was over I still created the images I wanted to create.
Go photograph that subject you have been waiting to photograph.
In this image there is a tiny salamander crawling through some synthetic mulch in our yard.
I found this salamander to photograph in the spring of 2017. It was during the month of April.
The camera body was Nikon D300S. And the lens I used was a Nikon 60mm macro lens.
The camera setting when the shutter button is pressed was ISO 640, 60mm, f/3.2, 1/125 sec.
I used Lightroom for post processing. There was a good preset that really made the colors of the salamander stand out.
Tell me in the comments what you think of this image.
A tiny little newt walking in the sunlight
The sunlight is so bright it almost washes out the newts entire body.
Only the newts head is in the shade enough to allow for much detail to be captured in the image.
This image was created in the summer of 2017 during July.
This image was created using the Nikon D300S camera body and the Nikon 60mm macro lens.
Camera settings on this image were: ISO 1000, 60mm, f/3.2, 1/125 sec.
I selected a preset I think complemented the raw image in Lightroom post processing.
Creatures to photograph can be found anywhere.
This tiny salamander was found right outside my house.
The photo in this post was taken using my Nikon D300S camera body and 60mm macro lens.
To create this image the setting in camera were: ISO 1250, 60mm, f/3.3, 1/100 sec.
Then for this blog post I selected a Lightroom preset in post processing. The preset I chose creates a spotlight effect on the salamanders head to draw the viewers eye there.
If I didn’t use that preset it could be difficult to see where the subject of the photograph is.
Tell me in the comments if you like this photo.
Going out to nature related events always has potential for photography opportunities.
This photograph was created during a Migration Celebration event in New York.
We were there to celebrate spring migration of birds, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find other subjects as well.
In creating this image I used my Nikon D300 camera body and my Nikon 300mm lens with 1.4 teleconverter.
The settings on this image were ISO 640, 420mm, f/5.6, 1/1250 sec.
Then for this current rendition of the image I selected a preset I like from Lightroom in post processing.
Close up photo of a toad featuring they eye.
Not every photo requires a great adventure.
This little toad was found right outside our house.
This image was captured in June of 2017 in upstate, New York.
The tools I used to crate this image include: Nikon D300S camera body and Nikon 60mm macro lens.
For this image the camera settings were: ISO 400, 60mm, f/3.5, 1/125 sec.
For this current iteration of the image I used a Lightroom preset in post processing to create a look that really draws the viewers eye to the toads eye.
What do you think of this image?