Monthly Archives: July 2012

Black & White Sunrise

When you sit in front of your computer editing images as long as I do, you need to take a old file out sometimes and rework it just to break up the monotony, if not you tend to go a little mad. I pulled this image out from a few years ago on a trip to South Florida, I think it was around 8 in the morning and the sky wasn’t full of those vivid beautiful colors that are usually associated with a sunrise.  So with this I thought a B&W conversion might be neat, so I guess what I am asking can you get what usually would be a very colorful scene and turn it into a b&w and make it work ?

So any thoughts would be great, and it’s also really nice when you can go back thru your old files and find these little surprises that for some reason you didn’t really like in the first place, but become a gift now…sorta like Christmas !!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look !!

 

                                                                                                                                                                                     

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Madison Indiana Photography

It has been an incredible show so far, best wildflower bloom I have seen in at least five years, Clifty Falls State Park has been putting on show the last few days that don’t come around often.  I spent yesterday evening in the gorge at Clifty Falls  and have never seen so many varieties blooming at once and the  colors are so vibrant I can’t begin to describe them !!

The ground was virtually covered in Blue-Eyed Marys and Virginia Bluebells, and in between Wild Phlox and false Rue Anemone added a great contrast to the vivid colors.  I have been able to really get a lot of great shots this year, hopefully this trend will continue  this spring !!

I think the peak is right now and probably after this weekend things will go downhill fast, so if you want to see the show this weekend should be…

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More Great Smoky Mountain Wildflowers

I thought I might share another shot from trip into the Great Smoky Mountain National Park this past spring.  This trip was all about wildflowers and did I ever luck into a great bloom this year, but for all my work in the Park I only came away with a few of what I would call environmental shots of wildflowers. Most of my images were of isolated groups of flowers and not of what was also surrounding the flowers.

But I was able to come away with a special shot, and that was one that pretty much summed up my whole trip. This image from the Chimneys Picnic Area was  a  great example of what a super boom looks like, what you are seeing is a whole mountainside of White Fringed Phacelia all along the Cove Hardwood Nature Trail that begins in the Picnic Area.

The picture doesn’t give the actual scene any justice, up thru the massive hillside this beautiful little bloom blanketed the mountain like a freshly fallen snow, and if the view wasn’t enough the fragrance of this little gem engulfed you the second you stepped out of your vehicle !!

And all in between these little blooms tens of thousands of Trillium,phlox and violets and every other wildflower you can imagine interspersed the entire scene, anyone who loves to hike or just be outdoors this special spot is a must at least once in your lifetime.

If you get a chance to travel to the Smoky Mountains this place is a must and there many other trails with scenery as beautiful as this, hope you enjoyed the photograph and for best results please click on the image !!

                                                                                                                                                                                              

 

 

Great Smoky Mountain National Park Wildflowers

Here are a few more wildflower pics from the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, I shot these in late March and actually came away with a large amount of images from this trip, conditions were just about perfect from this spring and it was a wonderful trip to the park.

I think I just about captured every species that was in bloom at the time of visit, I am sure I missed a few though, there are far too many to keep up with but it was a pleasure trying.

I wanted to share a few with you starting with Fire Pink then Foam Flower and finally Wild Columbine. All three were shot within yards of each other along the Bud Ogle Nature Trail right off The Roaring Fork, this is a beautiful road that you can drive along and find great trails along it’s length, there are many outstanding views of The Roaring Fork and it’s many wonderful cascades all thru out your trip.

All three of these flowers were very easy to shoot there was hardly any wind to speak of thru my entire trip and the wildflowers were at peak bloom thru my stay.  If you ever get a chance to go to the Park, definitely make sure you get out of your car and hike a bit, it’s incredible to me that most people who travel there might drive thru the park and then spend most of their time shopping in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg.  If shopping is your thing thats fine, but by all means take the time to take a walk thru the woods it can truly be a life altering experience for you, especially in the spring or fall !!

So here are the flowers that you can see all along your hike and there too many more to post now but I will try to share then every no  and then for you to see, thanks for stopping by and taking a look !!

And don’t forget to click on the images for best results.

 

 

Fire Pink

                                                                                                                                                            

Foam Flower

                                                                                                                                                                              

 

Wild Columbine

                                                                                                                                                                              

Madison Indiana Winter

OK although it has cooled down a bit I am still in need of a nice walk thru a cool environment, it doesn’t look like it will be coming outside real soon so I will just have to substitute a shot from a few winters ago.

This image came form Clifty Falls State Park near Madison Indiana, we had just received a nice accumulation of snow and the roads were clear enough for me to travel thru the park, it was just one of the many stream images I captured that day. You just can’t beat Clifty Falls for photography, the natural beauty of this park is unparalleled for this part of the country and is a must visit anytime you are in this area.

I purposely blurred the bottom and top part of this image just as a different look for this subject…not sure if I like it what do you think ?

 

                                                                                                                                                           

 

Just thought I might share this with you since the weather has been so hot, it’s kinda nice to go back in time a bit and enjoy a cool moment for a change. Thanks for stopping by and taking a look !

 

“Madison Indiana Flowers”

Well with the heat wave finally broken and it doesn’t send me into a heat stroke just to travel out into my back yard I thought I might share some work from right outside my backdoor. I tried growing flowers with the express purpose of photographing them and the butterflies that they might attract, but this year that kinda flew by the wayside, I don’t think I could have watered then enough to keep them looking good so I just gave up and will have to work with what is left….Coneflowers !!

These little beauties seemed to be drought resistant and looked great all thru the heatwave, I shared some in an earlier post that looked great and this time I am going to share one of a different color, Yellow !!

For years I have only photographed the striking purple coneflowers but this year I planted the red, white and yellow varieties and the yellows really took off. This flower variety has always been one of my favorites to photograph not only because of hardiness but also ease in shooting them from different positions.

So I was able to get some nice subjects photographed and came up with some nice work..this is one of my favorites.

So if you get a chance and need a easy and beautiful subject to work try out the many different varieties of the coneflower, thanks for stopping by and taking a look !!

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                     

“Calla Lily”

Been quite sometime since I posted a image of a Calla Lily, I actually shot this image a few years ago but never took the time to edit it or even open it up for that matter, so for old times sake here it is. Calla’s are probably my favorite of all cultivated flowers to photograph, they have such an elegant feel to them and look beautiful in either color or black and white.

They are easy to work with as well, just buy a few cut specimens and you can shoot them for  a couple of days in all kinds of different arrangements. they look great pulled back capturing the entire subject or close up with a macro lens capturing the most delicate details of the bloom.

These are just one of the great subjects you can’t go wrong working with and you can shoot them anytime of the year as most florists have them in an abundant supply. So if your looking for something different to photograph that can also serve different elements of photography , go and buy few of these delightful flowers and shoot them anyway you can..you will be glad you did !!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look and remember to click on the image for best viewing !!