Category Archives: abstract

Sunset on Main Street

main street night 1 2016

I captured this image of the sun setting on main street in downtown Madison Indiana last year. I used a long exposure to get the blurred effect of the car lights to add a little interest to the image.

I found a high vantage point to get above the subject and also to create a line to carry my eyes thru the image.

Thanks for taking a look hope you enjoyed the image !!

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Madison Indiana Fireworks

I photographed these fireworks from the Ohio River bridge over the fourth of July weekend. It was a great view for them and and even more unique spot to capture their beauty !!

Ice Abstracts | Madison Indiana

Believe it or not I actually forgot to post a couple shots of something I wanted to share from this past winter, with everything else I shot it just slipped thru, I was able to capture a few images of some frozen ice abstracts from a creek near my home here in Madison Indiana.

First thing about shooting on a frozen creek is don’t fall thru. Sounds simple but it always seems to happen to me and on this day it did again, thank goodness the water was shallow, just make sure your careful and the water below is shallow and if you have any concerns find some place else. You will definitely need a tripod to give the camera a stable platform to shoot from and I use me Sigma 150 mm macro for all my closeup photography.

Basically I then start out looking for interesting patterns in the ice to come up with interesting compositions, the hardest part from me was finding  good comps on ice that I could then set up and photograph on without falling thru lol !!

Small apertures and long exposures usually are in order and when I get to post processing I converted most the images to black and white for a more dramatic feel. And after all that here are a couple images from this shoot on the ice that cold winter’s day.

Just remember to be careful on the ice and hopefully there won’t be any more ice to photograph this year and you have to try it out next winter !!

 

 

 

ice abstract 1 2014

 

 

 

ice abstract 2 2014

Ghost Woods | Madison Indiana

Wonderful today snow this weekend…. It is becoming the story of my life right now, I feel like I am reliving the scene out of the movie BraveHeart with Mel Gibson,  where he tells his soldiers hold hold hold, at least they are getting their frustrations let out in combat lol !!

So I guess I can let out some of my frustrations with another winter image I captured this past winter here in Madison Indiana. I guess it is better than not posting anything at all and I know it will get better but in the meantime more winter !!

I know this type of image doesn’t appeal to everyone because of the blurred nature of the composition, but I really like experimenting with my photography and I love the ghosting effect that using this method gives you.  Just simply shooting at f/11 on a cloudy day then just quickly panning the camera up and down just a couple inches at a slow shutter speed can result in images like this. Like I said not everyone’s cup of tea but I kind like it and it’s fun getting the different results.

Hope you enjoy viewing my work and thanks for stopping by, eventually I may even be able to post some wildflowers from here in Southern Indiana, if we ever get spring !!

                                                                                                                                                      lichen 1 2014

Winter Photography

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 !!

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                            thistle 2 2014

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                          thistle 1 2014

Winter shots at Night

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 !!

 

                                                                                                                                                                   madison night snow 1 2013

 

 

 

madison night snow 3 2013

Madison Indiana Winter

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 !!

                                                                                                                                                                              madison frost 5 2013

                                                                                                                                                           river wind chill 2 2014