I was meandering through a forest preserve, snapping away. I figured I would make a few shots for various profile icons. Since I didn't need huge pictures or lots of resolution, I just grabbed my phone since it's a lot easier to compose than turning the ol' DSLR on myself. So as I was clicking, I got the crazy--and admittedly slightly cliched--idea of making a picture of me making a picture of me. I thought it would be highly cheesy, but when I looked at it I kind of liked it. So here it is.
Sometimes, a scene just jumps right out of life and into your brain. This was one of those scenes. On a whim, I pulled over in a forest preserve and walked around a bit to see if there was anything interesting to photograph. After a few minutes, I came across this sign. Ostensibly, it was there to warn people not to swim in a nearby lake. However, the placement of the sign way off to the edge coupled with the dense growth all around it gave it a context that was just too funny. (And how about that drowning guy?)
There was no way I was going to walk away from this without making an exposure...so I made one.
I was wrapping up a photo walk and began heading to my car. On the way there, I happened to notice this scene on the other side of a little water way. I knew I couldn't pass it up so I made the photo. As it turned out, it was one of the ones I particularly liked from that afternoon.
Some days, you photograph the house. Other days, it's the path. This day was one of those "other days."
I tried photographing this scene from a variety of angles with a variety of lenses. I finally settled on emphasizing the cool rock path...and what better way to emphasize something in the foreground than going ultra-wide. In this case, it was fisheye-wide.
[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="6264947558" thumbnail="medium" overlay="true" size="small" group="" align="center"] While photographing in a forest preserve, I noticed these five trunks growing up out of the ground in a tight circle. I thought it would be a perfect use of my fisheye/ultra-wide angle zoom, so I leaned over as far as I could (so as not to get my foot in the frame) and made the photo.
[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.
While out and about this morning, I took a moment to pull into a small forest preserve clearing. I walked around, just looking for something interesting. I came upon this river, and was struck by the way the reflections of the sky and the trees shimmered back at me from the water. I just knew I had to make a photograph.
I was driving along when I spotted an entrance to a forest preserve. On a whim, I pulled in and went for a little walk. I noticed this hefty branch that had fallen in the clearing, and particularly liked the way the trees behind it played off of it in a pleasing way. I put my Lensbaby on my camera with the notion of emphasizing the branch while adding a touch of visual interest to the background trees as they swept up toward the sky.
Another day, another wintry shot. This time, I was at this frozen lake photographing the sign. All of a sudden this skier appeared--seemingly from nowhere--and moved through the frame creating a pretty funny scene. I had time to grab four shots. This was the one I liked best.