Tabletop still life

 

Sitting at the kitchen table on Christmas Eve at Alex and Danielle’s, I noticed the sheen on the table, the papers, reflections in the wine glass, and wonderful effects of the natural lighting.  I took several pictures, and upon reviewing them back home I liked this wide, black and white perspective.  The dark contrast edges framing the softer background in the center and clean reflections in the wine glass stem, base, and cells phone glass, all floating on the softness of the table surface.

Fishers, IN
December 24, 2017
Nikon D90

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 sand bar sound

These swans shown bright in the morning sun against the marsh water.  I pushed the contrast in this image to give an almost angelic quality to the swans while holding onto the soft details within the darker passages.

Crosswinds Marsh, New Boston, MI
September 3, 2017
Nikon D90

 

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

Japanese maple leaf (1)

After a spring rain I noticed the brilliant red of the Japanese maple leaf that had fallen onto a beautifully green leaf of a plant below the tree.  With the freshness of the rain the colors were vivid and the leaves shimmered from the wet and the soil was dark.  Since nature had provided such a wonderful display of shapes, textures, colors, and sheen, I just had to come up with a composition I liked.

May 21, 2017
Front yard, Livonia, MI
Nikon D90

Water in the deep woods

This is a pond, or possibly a lot of standing water after the heavy rains we had recently.  But I think it’s a pond higher than usual from the rains.  Regardless, the water was very calm this afternoon and the greens, shadows, and clean reflections caught my attention.  I chose an angle in which the nearer branches and leaves framed my image and set the exposure to be slightly longer to accentuate peacefulness.

May 7, 2017
Maybury State Park, Northville 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

Hessel Marina at dusk (1)

Hessel Marina at dusk (1)

I went to the Marina to take some evening time exposure shots of the town traffic.  This time of year with no tourists and on a Tuesday, though, Hessel is very quiet.  Traffic is but a car or two every few minutes so I instead wanted to capture the essence of just how quiet it can be here.  The dark figures near the water’s edge is a statue of a man and child.  The small reddish glow on the road is from the Islander Bar, the only establishment open this evening, and the reddish dot just above it is the only traffic light, marking the intersection with M134.

October 25, 2016          Hessel, MI          Nikon D90

Morning over Hessel Marina boat launch

Morning over Hessel Marina boat launch

Very few boats at the Marina this time of year.  As I walked by the boat launch I noticed how the morning sun was directly aligned above the walkout and both could be centered in the composition between the sides of the launch.

October 25, 2016          Hessel, MI          Nikon D90