I give up winter has won and I am crying uncle, please someone just end it now and let us head straight into spring. It has been a long, cold and snowy winter and I haven’t even begun to pay the heating bills yet on the last blast and now we are heading into another “Polar Vortex” !!!
So after all this whining about winter let me share with you the great thing about winter and that is winter photography. We have had an abundance of snow this year and it has made for some great compositions that only snow can give you. Winter landscapes make for great black and white conversions and also you have wonderful blue bird sky’s that you only get this time of year !!
I took a hike the other day right after a small snow event looking for comps with moving water or any other type of snow and water scene that I was hoping to capture this winter. I hiked into a small canyon that led into the Ohio River near Madison Indiana and was able to not only capture a small cascade with nice flow over it by I photographed the flooded tributary leading into the river as well.
Even though I do love photographing these wonderful scenes hiking in such conditions are uncomfortable at best and can be downright dangerous if you’re not equipped to deal with it. Even though I was ready for the tough conditions I was very thankful when I got back into my truck and cranked up the heat to the blast furnace setting on the dashboard lol !!
Hopefully with every day the sun shines a little longer and we get closer to the first signs of spring so in the meantime get bundled up and get out and capture a few of the beautiful scenes that winter is serving up right now !!
Took a long hike out to one my favorite photography spots just outside of Madison Indiana the other day in search of a subject besides a human one for once. Came across some wonderful scenes and subjects which I will share in later posts, but one of the first subjects I photographed, which was in abundance was the common Cutleaf Teasel.
The Teasel is a great subject to photograph during the summer it attracts hosts ranging from Butterflies, Hummingbirds and other insects, and then during the fall many bird species use the thistle as a food source.
Because of the plants structure though the winter is my favorite time to photograph it, the teasel makes for interesting comps with the snow clinging to the towering stalks, and I was able to capture a couple of totally different moods in the subject that day.
The first image was captured as the sun was setting and filled the scene with this lovely warm light which made for a great contrast against the snow. The second image was more of an isolated one and I converted it to black and white to give it a darker mood.
I think that d0ing this shoot in the winter it is the only way to have shown such a contrasting view of this subject and it really helps my photography to capture and share both of them with you.Thanks for stopping by and taking a look !!
I thought I might share a couple more shots from an earlier snowfall, even though we are getting snow today again, these came from downtown Madison Indiana and I captured these after the sun went down.
I really enjoy mixing up my photography and going out in the dark is a sure way to test your photographic skills. Almost every image I get after dark is taken on tripod, the exposures are just way too long to do it any other way, plus it’s nice to keep my hands warm in my pockets lol !!
I love capturing the warm colors made by the light trails from the car lights and how they contrast against the cool tones of the snow and evening light.
And the other image was just an alley that I converted to black and white and added a tilt-shift blur to. I thought the footprints leading off into the distance added a interesting touch.
So here a couple shots of the winter we are in the middle of and this weekend I am sure I will be posting more to the blog. Thanks for stopping by and taking a look !!
I thought I might share a couple images from this winter of one Madison Indiana’s most visited sites and that is the Broadway Fountain. I am not real energetic today so I will share a history of the Fountain for visitors to this blog who haven’t seen it before, the article is from the National Park Service…
One of Madison’s landmarks, the original Broadway Fountain stood in the middle of Broadway for almost 100 years before it was dismantled and replaced with the 1981 bronze copy or reproduction. The original Janes, Kirtland, and Company cast iron fountain was displayed at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition. After the Exposition closed, the Madison Lodge of Independent Order of Odd Fellows purchased the fountain and presented it to the city in 1884.
French sculptor J.P.Victor Andre modeled the fountain’s design (Model #5 in the Janes, Kirtland catalog) after either one of the Place-de-la-Concord fountains in Paris or one at London’s Crystal Palace. It consists of three decorated tiered basins approximately 26 feet high and 35 feet across. Cartouches featuring the Odd Fellows symbol of three interconnected links adorn each side of the fountain’s octagonal base. Four tritons surround the base, with each creature holding a shell horn that spouts water. A classically robed female figure holding a rod sits atop the highest basin.
As part of the 1976 American bicentennial celebrations held across the country, the City of Madison spearheaded a major restoration effort, hiring Cincinnati sculpture Eleftherios Karkadoulias to reconstruct the entire fountain in bronze. The process took nearly three years as Karkadoulias disassembled the fountain and shipped each piece to his Cincinnati studio. There he created wax molds and reconstructed the fountain in bronze, a longer-lasting and sturdier metal. The reproduction fountain was dedicated in 1981. The only part of the original fountain that is still present in Fountain Park is a stone plinth that supported one of the original triton figures; it is set into the concrete at the south end of the central path as a base for a tablet that commemorates the replacement fountain.
The Broadway Fountain is one of four similarly designed fountains that Janes, Kirtland, and Company created. The others can be found in Savannah, Georgia (seen in the movies Forrest Gump and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil); Poughkeepsie, New York; and Cusco, Peru.
The Broadway Fountain Park contributes to the historic significance of the Madison Historic District, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and designated a National Historic Landmark.
I think that pretty much sums up the history of the Fountain and now here are couple shots I captured this winter. The first one was done at night and the second was done during one of our December snows, the decorations were done by John Nyberg.
I hope you enjoy the images and thanks for stopping by and taking a look !!
Well it’s been nearly six months since I last a updated this blog, thinking maybe it’s time for an update, the reason for the absence has not been for lack of photography… on the contrary it’s been too much !!
The portrait business has been doing great, which leaves me little time to go out and shoot the things I really love to shoot, macro,nature and landscape. I was warned by many a photographer that once I went down the road of portrait photography that this is the result I would receive. I am not exactly making enough income to support a family with it but for a part time job it is pretty amazing. So I guess big decisions are going to have to be forth coming, I don’t want to give up on the portrait business it is a really nice gig, but I am missing my time spent outdoors. So somehow I have to find some type of balance between the two before I go crazy lol !!
In the the meantime here are couple of shots I captured of the winter blast we endured here in Madison Indian a couple weeks back. I love converting winter images to black & white since the scene is already in monotone, so I converted these images and liked the results.
Hopefully I will figure out away to live in both worlds of photography and maybe update my blog a little more, thanks for stopping by and taking a look !!