The Buck Stopped Here …

The last snow we had was barely a dusting.  It was snowing fairly heavily when I took Molly for her evening walk, so I thought I might head back into Huntley Meadows in the morning, to photograph the boardwalk – hopefully snow-covered and pristine.  Well, there wasn’t much snow to begin with and the wind had blown all night, so that by the time I left the house an hour before sunrise, very little snow was left on the ground or the boardwalk.  To top it off, there were already footprints in the sparse remaining snow! Despite all, I decided to spend some time working the scene, seeing what I could make of it.

I am not quite sure how I feel about this image.  The photographic possibilities of the area and the subject intrigue me, but I think it is going to take many more visits to get something really worthwhile.

You may be wondering about the title of this post.  Just look to the dark spots in the middle section of the boardwalk. As near as I can figure, the deer must have begun using it as part of their trail system to cross the park, and some of the deer did what deer do when they have to.  To paraphrase President Truman, the buck stopped right there.  Nature adapts.

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The Tarn Series

Like my most recent posting of the Bug Light Series, this series presents three images from the Tarn in Acadia National Park, the first image of which is a redux from my posting of October 28. As I mentioned in that post, this image was captured late in the day during a rain storm.  The light was very even and diffuse, with a light mist on the water to add to the atmosphere._dsc3227-gallery

The second two images of this series were actually taken a day earlier, shortly after sunrise as I waited to capture the sun’s reflections off Dorr Mountain in the waters of the Tarn, within and between the clumps of grass.


Even as the sun rose, I found interesting, impressionistic scenes in the shadows.


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A Bit of Whimsy …

Nearly two years ago, my sister and bro-in-law moved to Florida, and like most Floridians they have a pool in the back of the house.  When we visited them for their first Xmas in the house, I became interested with this little blue ball floating in the pool and the stone spill way between the circular Jacuzzi and the pool proper. It struck me as something of a visual anomaly in terms of color and texture and I slowly began to visualize something faux-Egyptian with an ethereal orb in contact with water and rough stone.

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I wanted to make this a long exposure to smooth out the water, but getting the ball to remain in the spill way when the water was flowing proved to be a problem.  I tried wedging it into place at the narrow end of the spill way, but it would rarely remain in place more that a couple of seconds before the force of the water would push it into the pool.  The eventual solution turned out to be the use of a shot glass as a small, virtually invisible pedestal.  It worked, I made several images, and then filed this little “project” away until a couple of days ago.

It has been raining for several days, so I was spending some of my indoor time going through old photographs when I came across the series of the ball in the pool and decided to play around with it. Because the original colors were pretty flat, I converted a tightly cropped capture to black & white, but retained some color in the ball to keep it from disappearing against the stone.  Because of the long exposure, the ball took on a translucence that was not immediately apparent in the RAW image, but which works in this image.

So far, this image has just been a bit of fun, a whimsy, to fill up the damp hours of yet another rainy day, but … the next time we darken my sisters door, I think I will explore the theme some more.

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