You can’t always get what you want

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.




Viewers Choice

Posted three versions of this photo on FaceBook and let my FB friends decide which I should go with. Numbers one and three were the most popular. Particularly number one.

I’m posting all three here and also in the gallery.

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Choice Number One
Choice Number Two
Choice Number Three

Variations on a Theme (or Something Like It)

Here are a few photos from the last days of canoe trips, ones in which the clouds parted at the last moment after much rain. The first, complete with rainbow) was taken about five years ago at Algonquin Provincial Park in Canada. The second was about six years ago on the Muskingum River in Ohio, downstream of the Rokeby Lock.

High-res enlargements are available of these and all pictures I post. (Support your local artist, paddler — hint, hint



More Photos in the News

Last month my Ron Simon bench photo made page one of the Mansfield News Journal. This month, the Energy Cooperative published four of my opsrey nest photos in its July & August Times magazine. Didn’t get the cover, but hey …



The story behind this ran in the Ashland Times-Gazette outdoors page. Click on the link below a PDF of that page:

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Thanks again to the Energy Cooperative for going through all that trouble to accommodate the osprey.

Last I checked, the pair were still on the nest. Still no sight of chicks. Disappointing if they don’t produce young this year. But, given a solid platform to build on, there’s a good chance they — or another pair — will be back next year.

Forest Bathing

Been hearing a lot lately about this “forest bathing” thing. Supposed to be therapeutic. But then, any walk through the forest would be therapeutic. Unless a tree falls on you.

I decided to try some forest bathing this morning. Now, if I could only find where I left my clothes before immersing myself.

When you bathe in the forest, you never bathe alone. A spider joined me as I immersed myself in this fern.
Stinging nettles — best avoided when forest bathing in the nude.
I love the early morning shadows in the forest.
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When forest bathing, it’s best to keep some jewel weed handy. It’s good for relieving the burning itch of stinging nettles.

I’ll Follow the Sun

heronshoreChasing sunlight. That’s what I do.

In the mornings mostly. Given the number of rainy days we’ve had this summer in North Central Ohio, that can be quite a challenge. Although there is something to be said for shooting in fog and low-light conditions.

Yesterday was typical for summer mornings these days. I headed out in the fog, with the promise of sunbeams breaking through the clouds. But, as the morning progressed, the promise faded.

I made the rounds of three villages. There were things to shoot — but not in flat light.

Made one last stop at Pleasant Hill Lake, before heading home to make breakfast.

I captured a hint of a sunbeam on the horizon with my cellphone camera. Then I got out my Canon SX50 HS. I looked to my left and, not 50 feet away, was a great blue heron watching me from the water’s edge.

Not entirely happy with the heron shots I took, but I’ll post one nonetheless.

Meanwhile, I’ll follow the sun.

A silvery sunrise on Pleasant Hill Lake

In the beginning …

I got into photography about 10 years ago, after the newspaper I worked for cut a photographer position. I started taking a Canon G-10 on my rounds, taking mostly crash photos. Those can be challenging — especially at night or in other low-light conditions.

Every once in awhile, I’d experiment. Here’s an example of that — the front of a Tex-Mex restaurant across the street from the Sheriff’s Office in Ashland. I took it during my morning rounds. The soft light on the brightly painted building caught my eye.


A few more for the window series

I found a few more interesting windows on my Sunday morning trip to Fredericktown.

Saw this one from an alley — framed at the top by a catalpa tree. The crucifix in the window made me wonder about its significance to the person or persons inside.
This is ugly and I can’t imagine anyone wanting a print. However, this window in Butler is shrouded in weathered siding. Combined with the fake brick siding above, I thought it was an interesting combination of visual textures. Seen while gassing up en route to Fredericktown.


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