Young lily pads toward the Light

I took my Argus 75 film camera to Crosswinds Marsh. It’s a fun camera that I bought for $10 at an antique store and the images have a unique look to them, if/when any of the photos actually turn out into something decent. This image of young lily pads under a blue spring sky with the glow of the sun above, and along the horizon, is one of those images from that camera I like.

Crosswinds Marsh, Sumpter Twp, MI
May 13, 2020
Argus 75

Lily pads on the sun soaked marsh

Standing on the boardwalk and enjoying the late summer morning at Crosswinds Marsh, I enjoyed the sun glaring on the water as I looked at the lily pads and underwater plants.  To emphasize the contrast of the bright sunlight reflection and the soft shadows underneath, I chose to present the image as black and white.  There’s a peaceful play happening between the lights and darks. 

Crosswinds Marsh, Sumpter Twp, MI
September 2, 2017
Yashika Electro 35

The alter of Sweetest Heart of Mary Church

The alter of Sweetest Heart of Mary Church

It’s truly amazing inside the church.  This is the alter as seen from my position in a pew along the north side aisle about halfway toward the front.

December 2, 2016          Detroit, MI          Nikon D90

Looking up the north portal

Looking up the north portal

At Sweetest Heart of Mary Church in Detroit, I looked up the north portal and liked how the cloudy gray sky was defused but bright enough to suggest the heavenly light.  I applied the same technique I used in September with my photo “Conservatory with early morning sun (2)” wherein I added a light gradient tone from the top to emphasize the heavenly effect.

December 2, 2016          Detroit, MI          Nikon D90

Conservatory with early morning sun (2)

Conservatory with early morning sun (2)

I learned from Joel Geffen at the Belle Isle outing that it’s OK to let images, or parts of them, be over exposed if it expresses an emotion or helps tell a story.  I like how this image came out as it fades up into the light.  It gives me a sense of mystery on a lonely humid day.

September 18, 2016          Belle Isle, Detroit, MI          Nikon D90

In the glow of a yellow bulb

In the glow of a yellow bulb

The porch light at the Hessel house has been burning gold for as long as I can remember.  It’s warm, homey; like Mom and Dad had it for years.  The house is basically empty now, even when I’m there.  Quiet, solitude, friendly, neighborly.  Lots of nice memories.

October 9, 2015          Hessel, MI          Nikon D90

As the fog thins (1)

As the fog thins (1)

When we first got to this opening in Cades Cove, the fog was thick and we could barely see even a trace of the trees at the other end.  But seemingly in the next few minutes the fog began to thin.  Gradually, the subtle colors, pastels, of the morning began to appear.  This picture captured the essence of what I saw and felt as the scene unfolded, the fog receding.  Not a necessarily “popular” image on the mainstream photo sites, but it’s one of my favorites.  Which, really, is what is more important to me.

April 26, 2015.  Cades Cove, Smokie Mountains National Park, TN     Nikon D90

Meigs Falls through the trees

Meigs Falls through the trees

A small and tranquil waterfall that’s a popular attraction seen from the Little River Road.  Coming from deeper back in the woods, the Meigs Creek cascades down the Meigs Falls and meanders toward us to join the Little River.  I used the trees and brush to frame the Falls and Creek.

April 26, 2015.     The Sinks, Smokie Mountains National Park, TN     Nikon D90

John Cable Mill

John Cable Mill

At the far west end of the Cades Cove Loop is the John Cable Mill, on the same grounds as the Becky Cable House, the Cades Cove Visitor Center, and the barn I liked so much for two barn shots below.  The Mill seems the epitomy of rustic; very old wood grayed from decades of weather, an old walkway to the water wheel, rock foundation visible next to the wheel.  Not that I’m an expert on rustic architecture… it just looks darn old and I could have spent several more hours there finding interesting areas on and around the Mill to shoot.

April 25, 2015.  Cades Cove, Smokie Mountains National Park, TN     Nikon D90


Barn still life (3)

Barn still life (3)

As I approached side of the barn I noticed this little moth and how it’s color blended nicely with the patina of the old wheel and barn implements, its delicate life so opposite to that of the aged iron.  More contrasts are shown with the arcs and points, lines and angles, soft light and tone and shadows.

April 25, 2015.  Cades Cove, Smokie Mountains National Park, TN     Nikon D90