On a recent outing to downtown Sarasota with the LWRDPC’s Focus Group I noticed the tremendous amount of construction that was taking place int he city. It seemed that many sidewalks were out of bounds for pedestrians and only those sporting a hard hat were allowed to enter. I know this is for the safety of the public but it also provided me with a great photo opportunity.
Yesterday the LWRDPC had a black and white photography Focus Group outing in downtown Sarasota. The “focus” was on finding interesting photo opportunities with black and white conversion in mind. We set our cameras on monochrome which enabled us to immediately view our photos in black and white. In doing this, I found that my subjects became more about shapes, shadows and lines. I thought this garage mirror with the reflection of the parked cars would be an interesting subject. I’m posting it in both color and black and white to show the difference.
Fish Sauce is a main ingredient to many dishes in Vietnam. The variety of fish sauce from Vietnam is called nước mắm. On my recent photographic journey to Vietnam I got to see several fish markets and also the fields where the fish are dried in preparation for the production of fish sauce. After harvesting the fish the liquid is poured out and the fish are left to dry under the sun. They are mixed several times a day and sorted through to find fish that have gone bad and these are eliminated. All of this is done by hand. They are then put into a container with a thin layer of salt on to to help fermentation and avoid maggots. Women and children work extremely hard in Vietnam. We went to the fields where the fish were drying and I couldn’t help but notice in spite of this “fishy” job, the congenial attitude of the workers. I found this one woman to be quite a character and she was definitely not camera shy!
I admit I had to look up the definition of the ‘Orton Affect’ to fulfill this weeks challenge. I found this on the web: “Orton imagery, also called an Orton slide sandwich or the Orton Effect, is a photography technique which blends two completely different photos of the same scene, resulting in a distinctive mix of high and low detail areas within the same photo. It was originated by photographer Michael Orton in the mid 1980s.” Next I had to find a ‘how to’ website in order to try my hand at the Orton Affect. Even more challenging was finding the right photo. I found this photo in my Vietnam folder and it seemed appropriate. Although the original photo was in focus it was taken in the rain which already lent a dreamy look to it. After applying the Orton Affect I really liked the result. These adorable kids were playing in the field when the it began to rain. You can tell my their expressions that the rain has just ruined their fun.
This year I attended the F3C workshop in Fort Myer FL. One of the workshops was to The Caloosahatchee National Wildlife Refuge.This is part of the United States Wildlife Refuge System, located on the Caloosachatchee River, beneath the I-75 Caloosahatchee Bridge, within the city of North Fort Myers. The 40-acre refuge was established on January 1, 1921. It is administered as part of the J.N.” ‘Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Complex. Although the animals were caged, each enclosure had an opening wide enough for a lens. It was a great photo opportunity to capture the animals showing their wild side.
Selby Gardens in Sarasota, FL can be a magical place. It always amazes me how the gardens can be transformed with each visit. It can almost feel like a fairyland at times. I know this statue is a mermaid but I gave her wings as it just seemed appropriate to her surroundings. This photograph was taken on a tripod with bracketed exposures. I then processed it in photomatix with tone mapping.
One of the things I miss the most from my years of living in Philadelphia is the spring season foliage. The dogwoods are particularly beautiful this time of year. Dogwoods grow 20 to 30-ft. They have horizontal branches so usually has a spread wider than the height. Flowers color ranges from white to various shades of pink to red. Nice red berries in early fall and great red fall leaf color. I spotted this dogwood on a country road in West Chester. The season for these glorious blooms is short lived so I was glad that I was able to be in Philadelphia during the short blooming season.