Whether it’s there or not
Photography is all about light. In my world, the great outdoors, that means sunlight.
Sunday was a day of storms with spectacular skies — black clouds, sunbeams, and brilliant budding trees. But I missed all that because of social obligations.
A few hours before sunset, a window of opportunity opened. I grabbed my cameras — the Canon S60 and my cellphone camera — and headed out to Pleasant Hill Lake.
By then, the cloud cover had grown. Not much in the way of sunbeams. Nothing, in fact.
I headed up to Mohican State Park Lodge, hoping to catch a few rays breaking through on the western horizon before sunset.
While waiting for the sunset that never came, I played around with my new Samsung G10. I placed it inside a bird feeder and shot what sunlight the clouds begrudgingly gave me.
It worked. Plus, it gave me something to build on, something that warrants further exploration.
Almost equally rewarding was the Phoenix Lager I quaffed in the lounge while waiting in vain for a sunset.
It’s a short road outside Perrysville — less than a mile and a half long. County Road 2704 connects State Route 95 to County Road 775. Locals know the latter as Honey Creek Road.
That mile and a half — give or take, mostly take — packs plenty of visual gems. It’s a rural photographer’s dream.
Here are but three. I plan to come back for more, when the light is right.
This scene coming into Danville, Ohio, stopped me in my tracks.
This photo has been selected for exhibition in connection with NEOS Dance Theatre’s M.A.D.E. in Ashland project. It will be displayed at the Mill Restaurant at the Ashland Buehler’s through the month of March. It was taken at Algonquin Provincial Park one late summer morning.
My turnaround time — a day or two at most — makes it easy to shop for holiday gifts. Order enlargements of any of my prints for friends, family … or yourself.
People have been pushing me to enter photos in the Loudonville Fair for years. Finally did it this year. Submitted 10 entries in different categories in the professional class. Took 10 blue ribbons and a best of show.
Glad I listened to them.
For the benefit of those unable to make it to the fair, which runs through Saturday, here are the 10 entries.
Bonus — Here’s one I meant to enter, but failed to get a print made.
Here are a few shots from a recent canoe trip. Posted them on Facebook and they got a good response.
I reached a plateau with my photography. More like running into a wall.
In the past two months, I put some of my photos out there — for sale and contests. From the feedback and spending more time analyzing my photos, it occurred to me that not all of them have that WOW! factor. A small percentage, really.
I found myself shutting down. I was no longer content to take shots that might not meet that standard.
Today, I disabused myself of that notion. I realized that the joy of photography is sharing the subtle — and sometimes stunning — beauty of nature, rural landscapes and the visual details that we often overlook.
And that’s all about trial and error. Process.
Here’s today’s shot. It’s no masterpiece. But there was something about this scene that made me back my car up on a hilly country road, stop and capture it. I like two things about this photo — the tranquility it conveys and the ripples in the cow’s reflection.