"Photography helps people to see." ~ Berenice Abbott

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Capturing Motion

 

 

 

“Of all the means of expression, photography is the only one that fixes a precise moment in time.” 

~Henri Cartier-Bresson

 

 

 

Travel, Vietnam, Street Photography, Motion,

Rush Hour, Hanoi

 

 

 

Nature, Action, Africa, Wildlife

Let’s Play!, South Africa

 

 

 

National Park, Landscape, Nature, Geyser

Geyser, Yellowstone

 

 

 

“For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.” 

~ Henri Cartier-Bresson

 

 

 

Portraits, Children, Play

Let’s Run!

 

 

 

Landscapes, National Park, Nikon, Travel, Nature

Motorcyclists, Badlands

 

 

 

Landscape, Ocean, Nature, California

Wave Breaking, Mendocino

 

 

 

Portrait, Children, Play, Action

Kids Jumping, Australia

 

 

 

“Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.”

~Henri Cartier-Bresson

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motion

Happy Earth Day!

 

 

 

 

“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”

~John Muir

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.”

~ Frank Lloyd Wright

 

 

 

 

The California Poppy

 

 

 

The state flower of California makes its vibrant spring debut. 

 

 

 

Flowers, California, Close-Up, Nature, Nikon

Catching Rays

 

 

 

 

Flowers, California, Close-Up, Nature, Nikon

Poppies and Sun

 

 

 

 

Flowers, California, Close-Up, Nature, Nikon

Poppy and Grasses

 

 

 

 

Flowers, California, Close-Up, Nature, Nikon

Poppy Party

 

 

 

 

Flowers, California, Close-Up, Nature, Nikon

Lone Poppy

 

 

 

 

Flowers, California, Close-Up, Nature, Nikon

Pretty Poppy

 

 

 

 

 

Flowers, California, Close-Up, Nature, Nikon

Poppy and Light

 

 

 

 

Flowers, California, Close-Up, Nature, Nikon

Field of Poppies

 

 

 

 

Flowers, California, Close-Up, Nature, Nikon

Oranges and Pinks

 

 I found these poppies along the Matt Davis Trail in Marin, CA. 

 

 

 

“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wildflowers in our hair…”

~Susan Polis Schutz

 

 

Early Bird

Sunflowers, A Macro Study

 

Macro photography is fascinating and a unique window into the intricate beauty of nature. 

 

 

The set-up for this macro shoot: a Nikon 50mm f/1.4 lens,  a set of 3 Kenko Extension Tubes, a sturdy tripod, a clamp with a flexible wire, a wireless remote shutter release and bright window light. 

Side view of a Sunflower shot at f/16 at 1/5. Vignette added with Nik Analog Efex Pro 2. 

Flowers, Macro, Nature, Art, Photography

Petals Unfurled

 

 

 

Close-up photography is challenging due to its limited depth of field. The 50mm lens with extension tubes demands an extremely close set-up to the subject. 

Shot at f/16 @ 1.6 seconds and processed with Nik Viveza 2. 

Flowers, Macro, Nature, Art, Photography

At The Center

 

 

 

Shining a flashlight behind this nibbled leaf  effectively backlit the beautiful fibers and veins. Shot at  f/16 @ 0.6 seconds and processed with Nik Viveza 2.

Flowers, Macro, Nature, Art, Photography

Already Been Chewed

 

 

A close-up of the unopened bud reveals its varying textures. This is shot at f/16 and the image below at f/2.8.

Flowers, Macro, Nature, Art, Photography

Sunflower Bud

 

 

You can see the difference in depth of field in this image. The wider aperture isolated the points of the leaves and petals. An added background texture with Nik Analog Efex Pro 2 completes the processing. 

Flowers, Macro, Nature, Art, Photography

Sunflower Bud II

 

 

This monochrome version lets your eye focus on the intricate patterns of the center. Converted to black and white using Nik Silver Efex Pro 2. 

Black and White, Flowers, Macro, Nature, Art, Photography

Sunflower Center

 

 A few more close-ups. Please click to enlarge.  

 

 

“The sunflower is mine, in a way.” 

~ Vincent van Gogh

 

 

Impressions of Nature

 

 

 

“Exaggerate the essential, leave the obvious vague.”

~ Vincent Van Gogh

 

 

One of my favorite techniques in photography is to experiment with movement when shooting an image. These images were made using Shutter Priority at 1/10 or 1/20 and moving the camera slightly while pressing the shutter. It’s a fun diversion and interesting creative challenge. 

 

 

 

Abstract, Impressionism, Photography, Nikon

Aspens

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract, Impressionism, Photography, Nikon

Leaves

 

 

 

“A good impression is lost so quickly.”

~ Claude Monet

 

 

 

Abstract, Impressionism, Photography, Nikon

Tupelo Trees

 

 

 

This abstract image of azaleas was made by zooming the lens as I was shooting. 

 

 

Abstract, Impressionism, Photography, Nikon

Azalea Burst

 

 

 

 

“The job of the impressionist painter is to say just enough without forcing the story on the viewer… detail kills imagination.”

~ Colley Whisson

 

 

 

 

 

Springtime Blur.

Fleeting Light

 

 

 

 

“In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.”

~ Aaron Rose

 

 

 

Architecture, Sunset, San Francisco

Clinker Brick

 

 

 

 

Shadows, Black and White, Architecture

Window Light

 

 

 

 

 “Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.”

~ George Eastman 

 

 

 

Landscape, Beach, Nature, Nikon,

Boardwalk and Fog

 

 

 

 

Black and White, Shadow, Architecture, Sydney

Station Door

 

 

 

Morning Light and Trees

Morning Light and Trees

 

 

 

 

“Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.” ~ Dorothea Lange

 

 

 

 

 

Ephemeral

Blooming Mustard, Napa Vineyards

 

 

 

Landscape, Vineyard, California, Nikon, Agriculture

Napa Vineyard and Mustard

 

 

 

 

Landscape, Vineyard, California, Nikon, Agriculture

Trimming the Vines, Napa Valley

 

 

 

“The earth laughs in flowers.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

 

Landscape, Vineyard, California, Nikon, Agriculture

Vines and Yellow Mustard

 

 

 

 

Landscape, Vineyard, California, Nikon, Agriculture

Grapevine and Mustard Flower

 

 

 

 

Landscape, Vineyard, California, Nikon, Agriculture

Mustard Bloom

 

 

 

 

Landscape, Vineyard, California, Nikon, Agriculture, Abstract

A Burst of Mustard

 

 

 

 

 

 Fresh is the theme. 

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