Archive for June, 2012

Hard Life

Posted: June 30, 2012 in HDR, Nikon D40, Ohio

Can you imagine having to do this? Seriously think about it… This guy has to feed, maintain, and train those horses and ensure they are healthy enough to plow when needed. Then he has to rig up the plow and harness, attach the horses to the rig, and then sweat it out in dress clothes all day, just to get his field ready to accept the seed. And that’s not to mention cultivating the crops later on. What hard work! I’m glad I can just go to the grocery when I need food.

                I took this shot around Millersburg, Ohio. We had stopped to check out a neat pottery place on the side of the road, and across the street this Amish man was hard at work getting his field ready for planting. I attached my zoom lens and tried to capture the scene without being obvious. I love all the lines in this shot, and especially the colors in the man’s clothing.

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Under Seven

Posted: June 29, 2012 in Florida, HDR, Nikon D90

This shot is taken from underneath the new 7-mile bridge looking from the perspective of Little Duck Key in Florida. I took another shot from the Marathon Key perspective as well, but honestly I like this one better. To get this shot I had to basically crawl on my belly over some rocks and wedge myself between the underside of the highway and the concrete girders. I used the telephoto lens to compress the view; and I think it turned out well.

There’s always a fair amount of uneasiness taking a shot under a bridge… especially in the Florida Keys. In most cases, you have to crawl under these bridges almost blindly, and once you’re under, they open up a bit between the supports. As a result, they are perfect places for the homeless to live. Although I have yet to meet somebody sleeping or living under one of these places; and yet to actually meet a violent homeless person, there’s always that uneasy feeling of being in a tight spot with someone who may or may not wish to rob you, do you bodily harm, and/or throw you into the ocean.

Additionally, the current running under the bridge doesn’t appear to be that bad, but it actually rips quite quickly through the pylons. I tried, at one point, to snorkel under one of these bridges, but not taking it that seriously, I quickly lost a fin and just barely made it back to my starting point because the water was, fortunately, shallow enough to walk back.

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Fog and Fence

Posted: June 28, 2012 in HDR, Nikon D40, Ohio

Places like this would have held almost zero interest for me before getting into photography. Farms, horses, fences, dirt, crops, etc… booooorrrring… But now, for whatever reason, things like this have a different appeal. Maybe it’s just a different perspective; picking out items of interest even out of seemingly uninteresting things… Or maybe it’s seeing the uniqueness in everything; which sounds pretty weird and possibly bewildering. But, if you think about it, every moment you experience in this life is truly unique. Every set of circumstances that brings the culmination of your experience to a head will never happen quite the same again. And that to me is why photography is so cool. You can photograph the same scene over and over through the years, and that scene changes every time.  

                Anyway, enough rambling… Here’s a shot from Walnut Creek, Ohio. I originally stopped to take some pictures of the horses in this field, but I was drawn, instead, to the fence row, and pastel colors in the sky. Do you like it?

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Between Lower Matecumbe Key and Long Key, in the Florida, lies this little gem. It’s an unfinished house on its’ own little island. I found this place while looking for Anne’s Beach in Islamorada, and reminded myself to return for sunset. After messing about at Anne’s Beach for a bit, I returned to this scene just in time to catch the last rays of light for the day. The clouds were just perfect and the sunset cast the darkened profile of the unfinished house and palm trees just perfectly for the shot.

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Misty Reflections

Posted: June 26, 2012 in Nikon D40, Ontario, Canada

Early mornings where we stay in Ontario, Canada, are quite tranquil. The morning is cool, the mist is still rising from the lake, and the wildlife is starting to stir. It’s the perfect time to go for a row and decompress.

Where we stay is typically referred to as “cottage country” due to the large amount of vacation cottages scattered among the hundreds of lakes in the area. And despite the amount of cottages, the area still maintains it’s peaceful & private feel. Most people are here to vacation, or to fish in the summer; we are there for both.

Most places have boats for rent. Our lodge provides these flat-bottomed, hand-made, wooden boats, which are built like a tank, but last for years. Growing up spending a week every summer here, I automatically get a nostalgic feel every time I see a picture like this; whether it’s from my collection or not. Maybe you might share that feeling…

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Medusa Tree

Posted: June 25, 2012 in Nikon D40, South Carolina

I took this shot while I was on vacation at Edisto Island, South Carolina. The name of the beach is Botany Bay, and it is a little off the beaten path. Botany Bay is a Wildlife Management Area that has only been maintained by the Department of Natural Resources since 2008; and as a result, the beach is pretty unspoiled.  As you walk toward the northern end of the beach, you start to see more and more oak trees stranded out in the ocean. They refer to this section as “the boneyard” because there are no leaves or anything on the branches, and the driftwood on the beach is bleached out. It’s an amazing place for photography. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get here for a sunrise, and I had not been doing my HDR stuff at this time either, so this is just a pretty standard picture.

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Under the Rickety Bridge

Posted: June 24, 2012 in Florida, HDR, Nikon D90

Right next to the new 7-mile bridge in the Florida Keys is the old 7-mile bridge (which kind of makes sense). Most of the old bridge is sectioned off, and does not allow any traffic of any sort, however, about a 2 mile stretch of the old bridge is still accessible to pedestrian traffic. That section starts in Marathon Key, Florida and ends up at the tiny island of Pigeon Key.

We took the 4-mile round trip hike while we were in the Keys, and dubbed the walk “The Trail of Tears,” due to the fact that there is absolutely no shade, and well, it just seemed apt. The walk was actually quite interesting because we were able to see some sea turtles and monster tarpon swimming around near the bridge. It was also a neat spot for photography. However, when we reached Pigeon Key I was a bit disappointed because they apparently have an entrance fee of about $11/person, that they NEVER tell you about prior to starting the “Trail of Tears.”

Anyway, this shot comes from directly under the wooden walkway/bridge that brings you down from the old 7-mile bridge to the island. I loved the light filtering in through the beams above, and all the leading and converging lines of the bridge itself.

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