Dreaming of Spring

With the threat of another snow storm in the air, I decided to immerse myself in some images from Longwood Gardens taken a few years ago.  I can’t wait to spend a day there next month when the tulips are placed along the fabulous garden walk.  Its been a tough winter here in the northeast. We are ready for some warm weather!

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For the bottom picture, I used Alien Skin Snap Art to give it the painterly feel.  Snap Art ROCKS!

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Mesquite Wave

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Fuji X-E2 – 18-55 lens at 18mm

The mesquite wave sounds like something fans would do at a football game.  In this case, I was doing the Mesquite wave in Death Valley!  I just fell (literally on my knees to get low) in love with this shape and am thrilled with the result.  I cropped a bit off the top as there was just too much negative space.

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Line, Light & Texture

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When shooting the dunes, I am always searching for line, light and texture.  This composition seemed to have it all.

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Goodbye to Coal Pier 18

For years we have been photographing at Coal Pier 18 in Philadelphia. I’ve been hearing that it is no longer accessible and was going to head down to find out for myself.  Yesterday, a friend saved me a trip telling me that it has been fenced off and construction has begun.  And it is being policed with threats of arrest of you trespass.  I guess thats progress.  Its been a wonderful place full of many great memories.  Here are a few favorites from the last few years.  A special shout out to my bud Dalyn who was always willing to come with a new outfit. Remember to click on the image if you’d like to view it bigger.

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S’ Wonderful

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“S’Wonderful, S’Marveloous, you should care for me” This is the first line from the song entitled S’Wonderful.  I love Diana Krall’s version and am listening to it as I compose this post.  I have no idea why this song popped into my mind other than I tend to associate songs with words all the time.  I hear a word and a song comes to mind and I start singing it. Ask my family, I believe it drives them nuts.  That said, it is how I feel about the dunes. They are wonderful and marvelous and full of infinite possibilities. This composition screamed to be a square.  Well, it didn’t actually scream but a voice in my head did…..

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Longwood does b&w

Being in a b&w state of mind lately, I couldn’t help but convert this one from Longwood Gardens.  Have a great week!
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Fuji X-E2 – 55-200mm

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A breath of color

My friend Stan had the great idea of going to Longwood Gardens to stimulate our senses with a breath of color having endured this winter of endless cold and snow.  So, here is a splash of color to compliment my recent series of B&W images.  Don’t worry, I have more B&W images to come. I even have one from Longwood!

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Fuji X-E2 – Fuji 60mm Macro at f/22

Processing inspired by Kathleen Clemons.  Nik Color Efex Pro, Glamor Glow, Soft Focus, Darken Lighten Center, and Viveza

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Mount Whitney – Finding another right answer

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As Stephen said in his comment to my last post, you can’t plan on great conditions when you’re on a schedule leading a photo tour.  You’re at the mercy of what is given you.  As I see it, that is not necessarily a bad thing.  Let me share a story.  I was leading a workshop, a short weekend type.  It was during the fall and the colors that year were stunning! We had not spent more than 3 hours together when a participant came to me and said they were going home.  I asked why, was it something I had done?  She replied, “no, its just I’m not finding what I came for.”  Perplexed, I suggested, maybe you will find something better!  But you see, she had an assignment for the photo club and was focused on that.  The conditions and the area I picked that morning might not have been good for what she was looking for but they were great for many other things. She was simply not open to finding another right answer.  I found that to be sad.

Fast forward to the Alabama Hills.  We arrived late in the day during the scouting portion of our last tour. When I go to the Alabama Hills, I’m thinking about the rock formations and hoping for great clouds. When we arrived, there were no clouds. No problem, I turned around and saw this great situation brewing around Mount Whitney.  Another right answer!  I could have said, “I’m not finding what I came for” but instead I found something else!  Its all about attitude.  If you don’t think you’ll find something, you probably won’t.  

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Alabama Hills #2

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The Alabama Hills

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The Alabama Hills are one of my favorite places to photograph. Clouds make for great opportunities there and we sure had it working for us on this particular day. 

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