Monday, August 31, 2009

No photos today

As a sole care giver there are days when I am not be able to devote time to outdoor photography. I will have to setup an area to do some indoor studies. I have the space, I need the impetus.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Day 20, Old buildings

There are many interesting historic buildings that deserve to be preserved but unfortunately it doesn't always happen. It comes down to that which is both good and evil, money. You can see in the first picture the stone has begun to deteriorate. I'll come back to this site for more photos when the lighting conditions are better.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Day 19, The cemetery

Today we experienced the results of a hybrid storm formed by hurricane Danny from the south and a low pressure area from the west. I had limited time so a visit to the local cemetery was my best choice.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Day 18, Japanese lanterns

I went to this site expecting to find an ancient Japnese lantern. But the lantern had been removed upon the death of the property owner. Instead the new owners purchased these lanterns to keep alive the aesthetic. The problem, as I see it, is that they are not well displayed. In the first instance, I do not recall seeing a lantern of this style placed directly on the ground, it is usually elevated on another stone or pillar. In the next photo the lantern seems out of place in a formal garden.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Day 17, Skyline

I have been trying to get a good shot of the skyline without success. Too much haze between me and the city. I will have to wait for a good rainfall to clean the air. At this time, unfortunately, I am not able to visit this site at dawn, before the motor vehicles have polluted the air. Maybe some day. The shot above was taken at 11AM, the one below at 7PM. The site to skyline distance is about 9 miles.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Day 16, Change of subject

I went to this site with the intention of capturing the city skyline. When I arrived the conditions had changed and the skyline was obscured with haze and good light was gone. I was about to leave when I decided to see if there was another vantage point for a photo. To my surprise when I look over the stone wall there was a family of deer grazing.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Day 15, Canada geese

This gaggle of Canada geese was very comfortable in their surroundings. No golfers threatening to club them, no dogs chasing after them. And, they seemed to know I was not a problem. They went about their business of eating, grooming and of course leaving a trail of droppings.

The couple below were off by themselves, slightly removed from the madding crowd.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Day 14, Views at a pond

I'm learning to be more observant. I had known about this small waterfall and thought it might be a good subject. After taking a few pictures I walked up to the pond itself and saw the following.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Day 13, The blimp again

I decided to return to the scene of Day 12's session. Even though the blimp was still moving about, because of variable winds, I was able to get some photos with better success.

Additional photos can be seen at: 365 Days of photography

Day 12, Airport at dusk and night

These pictures were taken on the 21st but not posted until today. The Direct TV blimp was here for some sports events, the
Patriots game on Thursday followed by a three series between the Red Sox and Yankees. The difficulty in this session was the movement of the blimp. It is moored at the nose but is free to move about in the breeze. Many photos were taken but few were chosen. Taking pictures in low level light with a subject that moves is an exercise in patience. The first picture was taken about 7PM. The next was after darkness had set in.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Day 11, Comic stone face

This stone is at a hard left turn on a narrow road. I cannot remember how faces have been painted on the boulder but this is one of the best.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Day 10, A railroad viaduct

This is a multiple arch stone railroad bridge and has been in continuous use since 1835. It has two cousins somewhere in Russia.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Day 9, At the Patriots Place

Another hot and humid day, a little haze. Unfortunately I am not able to chose the best time of day to take some pictures. I have to make do with the time available. Above and below are photos of the structures seen as you approach the Patriots stadium.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Day 8, Sunset

Today's weather was oppressive, hazy, hot and humid. I'm more a Fall, Winter, Spring person. I dislike hot weather, but it's here and I better get used to it because the heat and humidity is going to be with us for awhile. The picture gives you some idea of the haze at sunset.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Day 7, A second look

I returned to the graveyard for another look at the monument seen on Day 5. There is a lot of love associated with the care of this gravesite. A young woman taken from her family and very much loved by them. You can see it in the care of the grounds and the little mementos that have been left.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Day 6, A change of pace

A change of pace, while these photos are still a part of the 365 day photography project, they also introduce another of my passions. Bicycles have always been a part of my life. I like to ride and also love to build. Here is a recently started re-build. I will be taking an inexpensive tandem frame and building a cargo bike. I had alread cut the rear top tube from the frame so you see it held in place with magnets. The next photo shows the new position for the top tube.

All of my projects take time so you may not see results for awhile.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Day 5, Contrasting styles

Today's assignment was difficult. So many obligations, so little time. I did get a few photos and chose this one. It's a study in contrasting styles. One thing about graveyards, your subjects don't move about.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Day 4 of 365

The weather was not ideal for photography but the subject seemed suited to the day. As I came upon this site the sky was grey with a steady mist falling . There was a small clearing in a wooded area that held this monument and some footstones.. Apparently someone grooms the grounds.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Day 3 of 365

Another smoker banned from the house.

"Oh well as long as I have to be outside I may as well entertain the squirrels!"

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Day 2 of 365

Sometimes photography can fool the eye and mind. Here is an example, upon viewing the first photo one might think it a part of a mountain range. The above jpeg is a cropped area of the picture below.

Monday, August 10, 2009

1st of 365

Here is the first of a picture per day project. I am trying to improve my photographic "eye". To put it another way, I have wondered why some photographers produce consistently good pictures while I struggle to get one.

On one forum a recurring theme was to take on a project such as shooting every day for a year and then you will develop the skills to be a better photographer and be more consistent. So I will always have a camera with me and I will not forget that I also have to consider light, composition, or all the technical considerations of photography.

Can some one explain why this Alberta Spruce (Picea glauca) has begun to morph into a Spruce (Picea excelsa)?

Monday, August 3, 2009

Polymer Clay Sculpting

This hobby of working with polymer clays is addictive and costly, at least initially. First what clay, FIMO, Sculpey, hard, soft. The colors run the gamut, so many choices. Then you get to the tools, what is necessary, what just adds to your collection.

The end result of the sculpting may start off in one direction and end up as something entirely different. A fascinating exercise in confusion. I'll let you know what happens.