This past weekend I attended the Florida Council Camera Club conference. One of the Lectures I attended was by Lisa Langdell, best known as a nature photographer. Her workshop was on photographing abstracts in nature. She demonstrated how one can “extract” a portion of a nature photograph you have captured and turn in into a beautiful abstract piece of art. While visiting the Naples Botanical Garden, I captured this water reflection in the lily pond. Although the entire photo was rather boring I extracted several portions of the reflections and turned them into abstract pieces of art. To further demonstrate the beauty I placed them in a living room scene that I designed. This has certainly opened my eyes to not deleting those photos that don’t have immediate appeal.
This weekend was the FC3 conference in Ft Myers FL. I took a macro workshop with Roman Kurywczak which was extremely educational. The focus of the class was teaching a method of taking sharp macro shots without using a tripod. I was skeptical at first but after practicing with the proper settings and lighting, I was able to capture this pile of broken watch pieces by hand holding my 60mm macro lens. It also gave me the opportunity to fulfill this weeks 52 week photo challenge.
Several weeks ago, the LWRDPC Landscape Focus Group took a trip to the Venice Pier, Venice FL for a sunset opportunity. In spite of the cold and windy weather, we were able to enjoy a magnificent sunset. I spotted this alone and isolated bird that cooperated long enough for me to get a photo. When I viewed this image in my computer I was taken by the serenity of the scene and pleased that I had a photo for this weeks challenge.
Last week the LWRDPC Landscape Focus Group took a trip to Hillsborough State Park. The park is beautifully canopied by Florida Oaks and other trees indigenous to the area. On a beautiful sunny day the water reflections are a photographers dream. I used a circular polarizer to enhance the water reflections. This photo is actually two of the same picture mirrored together. I converted it to monochrome to further enhance the reflections.
Valentines Day is right around the corner. After almost 40 years of marriage what does one get your soul mate for this highly commercialized holiday? Well, I’m fortunate to be married to someone with a sweet tooth so candy, cupcakes or really any sweets are a great way to say “I love you”. I’ve also been dabbling in food photography so this weeks challenge covered both bases!
Recently the Landscape Focus Group visited the Venice Pier. It was a spectacular sunset and I was able to capture many photos with the sun setting. I saw an opportunity to satisfy the “intentional camera shake” category by using the lines of the pier as leading lines. Although I was shivering from the cold that night, this blur was intentional. Initially I was going to post this in color but once I converted it to mono I realized that the moodiness was much more vivid as an abstract photo.
I’m fortunate to have my mother live so close to me. She is 96 years old and still in relatively good health. As a mother of 9 children she didn’t have much time to pursue her interests but she still managed to dedicate her time to a few of her passions. Her father was a talented self taught musician and he passed on his love of music to her. My Mom has been playing the piano since she was 10 years old. Recently while cleaning her room, I discovered some of her original music in excellent condition. She has such favorites as I love You Samantha by Cole Porter, Satin Doll by Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington and John Mercer, Cheek to Cheek by Irving Berlin, Clair De Lune by Claude Debussy, Star Dust by Hoagy Carmichael, Deep Purple by Peter De Rose, Tenderly by Jack Lawrence to name a few. I can still remember listening to her practice as I was growing up. She continues to play the piano daily and now entertains the residents of her assisted living facility. I set up this photo with the 52 Week Challenge “reflections” in mind. Not only was I able to reflect her sheets of music in a spoon but I had fun reflecting memories from my childhood listening to her play some of these tunes.