Parallels

Parallels

Same view as “View across the tracks” with a focus now on the tracks.  Strong iron rails that team with the wooden beams of the former station, the pavement between them, and the gravel under the tracks all making a series of parallels.  I carried over the black and white effect , but brought back the warm rusty tones of the second set of rails as they cut across the scene.

February 7, 2016          Plymouth, MI          Nikon D90

 

View across the tracks

View across the tracks

Across from what looks like a former train station, now converted to business offices, I like how the line in the pavement points directly to the center of the building.  I used a shorter focal length in my zoom lens to keep the width of the building in the shot, and it seems to lend itself nicely to black and white.  There are many parallel lines in the scene that the centered pavement line strongly points out.

February 7, 2016          Plymouth, MI          Nikon D90

Amish Tuesday afternoon

Amish Tuesday afternoon

A young girl working the field, turning over the hay to dry.  Her field and farm are directly behind a large tourist complex that boasts a gift shop with Amish goods and crafts and a family seating restaurant featuring Amish style cooking.  I wondered how this girl feels, if she is somehow on display or exploited here in the Amish countryside sprinkled with small towns and crowded with tourists.  I admit feeling a bit guilty watching her and taking pictures as she worked the field.

July 20, 2015          Bird in Hand, PA          Nikon D90

Looking through

Looking through

On the wildflower train between Clinton and Tecumseh (Michigan) during a brief stop in Tecumseh before making the return trip back to Clinton, I had a vantage point from the open car I was in where I could see straight through the adjoining passenger car and the window on its far end.  I found a nice composition, almost abstract as I used the out of focus color bands of a nearer wall with thinner bands and stripes on the right side, countered by the horizontal lines seen in the far window.  All of this framing the rectangular window with the off-centered circle.

June 13, 2015     Tecumseh, MI     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

 

Through the bridge

Through the bridge

This arch of an overpass caught everyone’s attention as a must-have photo opp.  As one person kept an eye on traffic behind us and others looked for their favorite angle, I laid on the yellow lines of the road with my camera on the pavement to catch this perspective.

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

 

Grate lines

Grate lines

As we packed up from our perch near the mountain tops where we photographed the sunrise, I noticed a water drain in the parking lot next to my Jeep.  It was clear, only a few feet deep to the concrete floor of the drain.  Through the parallel bars of the metal grate I saw an abstract image composition from the blurred lines of the grate and a focused field of wonderful patterns, colors and textures beneath.

April 25, 2015.  Foothills Parkway, Smokie Mountains National Park, TN     Nikon D90