While spending a lovely autumn afternoon on the grounds of Cantigny, I saw this leaf on the ground and, naturally, having my camera at the ready I made an exposure. I was drawn to the way the purple of the leaf played off of the dark, rich dirt...and the juxtaposition of the life/vibrance in the leaf against the earth.
While on a photo walk in Wicker Park (Chicago), I couldn't help but pause and photograph this scene. I just loved the way the yellow leaf had landed on the chess table. That, combined with the overcast morning, really gave this scene a distinctive mood and feel. I know that my 85mm lens is a champ at capturing subtle colors and light, so I put that on, opened the aperture all the way, and shot.
Having an intimate knowledge of one's lenses--understanding their strengths as well as their limitations--opens up new creative worlds. It gives us the opportunity to make choices that with help to improve our work. It's just as much a part of the artistic process as composition and subject choice.
I've tried countless times to photograph this bridge, but for some odd reason it has never worked. On this occasion, though, the combination of light and mist contributed to a moody ambiance which I felt worked well.
[flickr id="6333164730" thumbnail="medium" overlay="true" size="small" group="" align="center"] I was walking along the banks of a river and noticed these leafs floating across the surface. I moved from side to side to find an interesting angle and, as I did so, the reflection of the bare trees on the far bank came into play. I couldn't help but notice the visual trick of replacing the fallen leafs back upon the trees. I made a few shots but wasn't very happy with the outcome. At that point, I deliberately underexposed and, voila, I was much happier.
[flickr id="6290664888" thumbnail="medium" overlay="true" size="small" group="" align="center"] Our dog, Dexter, was playing in the yard. I thought I'd take a few photos of him since the light was nice and diffused. I managed to catch him mid yawn with the jack-o-lantern in the background...but it looked like he was posing for a spooky halloween moment!
[flickr id="6279961137" thumbnail="medium" overlay="true" size="small" group="" align="center"] While photographing around the Fullersburg Nature Center/Graue Mill area, I saw this gentleman kayaking down Salt Creek. I managed to grab this photo before he paddled around a bend. I just love the fact that he was wearing this photographically friendly red jacket!
[flickr id="6277280329" thumbnail="medium" overlay="true" size="small" group="" align="center"] I had a sense that this pumpkin carving party would be a natural setting to pull out the ol' fisheye lens. I always have a whole lotta fun using it!
[flickr id="6259872014" thumbnail="medium" overlay="true" size="small" group="" align="center"] Autumn is such a richly visual season. I love finding those quiet yet meaningful moments during a fall day. For this photograph, I pulled over into a forest preserve grove and just wandered around for a while with camera in hand. I eventually came upon this cluster of dead leafs lingering on the branch. I used my ultra-wide angle/fisheye lens to capture the tree in the background to add some context to the scene.
[flickr id="6174253138" thumbnail="medium" overlay="false" size="small" group="" align="center"] I debated for some time whether or not I would post this photo. I felt it might be too...precious. But I kept coming back to it in my "upload" folder and I kept liking it. So here it is.
This pumpkin was part of an autumnal wreath, and I used a small aperture to isolate it.
When my wife and I put up a new fence in our yard, a little corner where a bush used to be ended up being empty. We decided to make a little gnome village there, and so we are always on the lookout for gnomes. While in Spring Green, WI recently, we stopped at a roadside stand that sold statuary. We found this guy and the mushroom, and so he made it into this spot.
I was driving around north-western Illinois just looking for photographs. I saw a small cemetery at the side of the two-lane I was traveling and decided to explore. I saw this garbage can overflowing with old flowers juxtaposed with the late autumn field and just knew it was somethings I wanted to photograph.
A crisp, autumn morning...leaves rustling in the breeze and under foot...and crossing guards at a busy intersection: such are the things that make for a moment captured. Of course when I was a kid, the crossing guards were just, well, older kids who wore those orange seat-belt looking things, not the fancy vests of today's modern guards.
I was struck by the beautiful blanket of leaves in our yard, so naturally I got out my camera and made some photographs.
To read more about my on-going quest to make a photo-a-day, every day, in 2009--my Project 365--please take a moment to check out my post from December 30, 2008 appropriately titled, "Project 365" as well as my 50 day update, similarly appropriately titled, "50 Days? Already?" my more cryptically titled 100 day update, "Day 100...or The Last-Call, Whiskey-Soaked Plan That Didn't Die," the rather pedestrian-titled half-year update, "And in a Blink, a Half a Year is Gone…," and the verbosely titled, "A Hard Time Seeing the Trees for the Forest –or- What I’ve Been Learning these Past 300 Days."
It was one of those beautiful autumn days, and I made my way out into the yard for a quick session of making photos. Here the satellite cable, gutter, downspout, and brick wall all make for an interesting counterpart to the sky and changing tree.
Made with a Lensbaby Composer (with the Plastic Lens Optic insert) mounted on a Canon 5D Mark II.