Still life with an old pedal

Just having some fun at my desk when I set down my reading glasses and happened to see focused through the lens a flower pedal I had saved.  I positioned the pedal on a cedar block, set my glasses where I liked the image, and took a few shots.  Angles, curves, and framing of the pedal and glasses were the basis for my selection of the shot I liked most.  You don’t have to go far to happen upon a photo opp.

April 28, 2017
Sunroom, Livonia, 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

Outside Big D’s Diner

Outside Big D's Diner

On the way to visit my Mom and Dad at the cemetery, I stopped for breakfast in Pickford.  Good omelet, hash browns, and coffee… stop in if you’re ever in Pickford.  This dog was wondering about the field behind Big D’s having a good time.

October 23, 2016          Pickford, MI          Nikon D90

Red wagon

Red wagon

There are two rustic buildings on the south stretch of the Cades Cove Loop: a house nearer to the road and a barn to the north or the house, both across the road from the Tipton Place.  The barn is a treasure of photo opps (for me anyway) and one of my favorites was this red wagon parked decades ago under the protection of the barn. Capturing the shaded tones within the barn from my vantage out in the afternoon sun was a challenge but I think I caught them in this shot.  Memorabilia from a simpler, albeit more challenging, lifestyle.

April 25, 2015.  Cades Cove, 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

 

Beams inside the barn (2)

Beams inside the barn (2)

Inside the barn near the John Cable Mill are these beams supporting a loft above.  Afternoon sunlight filters in creating patches of bright light along the edges of the barn and strong shadows inward.  Softer light illuminates the subtle colors and course textures of the different woods, and the strong angles created by the layers of beams.

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