Follow the Sun

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.


County Road 2704 — An Exhibit Waiting to Happen

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.





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.