Sunny afternoon

Nothing like a nice red wine on a sunny weekend afternoon.  My glass was showing reflections of so many things… the sun, the clouds, the sun-kissed green grass and shade,  the deck railing, tiny speckles on the glass, the top of my head, the beautiful tones of the wine, maybe you see more.  And this little one seemed to also enjoy the view.

July 1, 2017
Backyard, Livonia, MI
Nikon D90

Reflections and textures (2)

I like textures and colors.  Leaves and flower pedals that have begun to wilt and shrivel display excellence in both.  This large flower pedal had dropped from a bouquet I bought from the grocery store and I set it on my desk for future photo opps.  Over the months, the pedal withered and its tones became more earthen and pronounced, its texture aged from velvety smooth to paper-like wrinkles.  Sitting at my desk working I noticed the reflections coming off my darkened cell phone screen.  I placed the aged pedal on the screen and liked what I saw.  I snapped several images with my camera and macro lens.

June 29, 2017
Sunroom, Livonia, MI
Nikon D90

Textures of an old pedal

The same pedal from the still life.  I like the wrinkles, the whites, tans, and caramel tones and the main vein running diagonally through the center.  The lone water drop makes a fun focal point I continually return to as I follow the central vein’s meandering flow and bumps and the surface texture of the pedal in the front.

April 28, 2017
Sunroom, Livonia, MI
Nikon D90

The pipes at St. Giles’ Cathedral

Organ pipes are fabulous in the right lighting and environment.  The way they’re arranged and reach skyward, metal or wood, their surrounding airy openness or structural containments, all add to the beauty that catches my eye.  Here at St. Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh, not knowing what I would find as I explored, the pipes’ sheen and inspiring grandeur caught my eye immediately as I walked further through the aisles.  They shone with a bright softness in the natural light that cast delicate shadows on the pipes and surrounding South Transept, the ruddy toned Austrian oak encasement and cross design of the central metal pipes.

April 5, 2017
Edinburgh, Scotland
Nikon D90

Glistening through the pipes

Glistening through the pipes

This is a portion of the organ pipes of Sweetest Heart of Mary Church.  Though it was gray and cloudy outside, the lighting through the stained glass windows was still quite bright in contrast to this otherwise darker, naturally lit end of the church.

December 2, 2016          Detroit, MI          Nikon D90

The balcony

The balcony

The balcony in Sweetest Heart of Mary Church in Detroit is used as the choir and organ loft.  The natural light coming through the stained glass windows along the sides of the church softly highlight the lines of the balcony’s wooden railing against the shadows.  I chose an angle and exposure to give me this sweeping shape across the image with stark contrasts of subtle lighting and lots of shadow.

December 2, 2017          Detroit, MI          Nikon D90

Under the anchor

Under the anchor

After the cemetery, I drove up to Sault Ste. Marie to see if any lakers were going through the locks.  No lakers at the time, so I wondered about the grounds and came upon an anchor monumented in the park area within the tourist grounds.  All black with rivets and a sheen even in the cloudy fall daylight.  I took a few pictures and noticed the patterns and textures and composition of the underside of the anchor.  The iron almost seemed to be stretching and the soft lighting was beautiful.  I softened the tones and sharpness to accentuate the mood and abstraction.

October 23, 2016          Sault Ste. Marie          Nikon D90

Fall leaves

Fall leaves

Taking a walk in Sterling State Park looking for birds and other interesting things I came across these leaves that had fallen on the walkway in their fall colors.  They became a graphic pattern as well as a golden ruddy set of evenly spaced leaves on the asphalt surface.  The give and take of the leaf faces and backings make a nice color dull color dull… pattern.

October 16, 2016          Sterling State Park, MI          Nikon D90

Essence of a dove

Essence of a dove

I put bird seed on our deck and every now and then, unfortunately, the birds see the glass of our sunroom as more of the sky.  Here, a dove hit our window and left its mark.  The dove flew off (I’m sure with a headache) and I was fascinated by the detail of the impression it left on our window, including a bit of down.  I enhanced the contrast a little to bring out the olive and gray-blue tones behind, and in doing so how dirty our window is.  I guess I have some cleaning to do.

October 14, 2016          Sunroom, Livonia, MI          Nikon D90

Line of light

Line of light

This is an example of noticing the interesting things around us, everyday occurrences in life that often go unrecognized.  Over the years I’m learning to see these subtleties, these beauties that happen in almost every nook and cranny and as small passages of larger landscapes of nature that are right in front of us.  Here, I’ve captured condensation on glass with the reflection of light on its surface.  I composed the image with the line of light centered amidst the field of dewy drops.

October 6, 2016          Livonia, MI          Nikon D90