Forest Fence

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.

Forest Fence

Forest Fence

Hotel Night: Columbus, OH

[flickr id="6116327193" thumbnail="medium" overlay="false" size="small" group="" align="center"] During a lovely weekend in Columbus, OH, my wife and I stayed at a hotel. When we returned to the room late in the evening, I liked the look of this lone lamp so I made a few exposures. I adjusted the exposure so that the light would be subdued and the rest of the room would be in shadow...a look I felt was quite atmospheric and compelling.

Between Plastic and Wood There is Chalk

[flickr id="6103127801" thumbnail="medium" overlay="true" size="small" group="" align="center"] I will admit that this photograph is unabashedly about the light, the textures, the angles, and the colors. I just loved them. Sometimes, these elements are just so appealing I can't pass them up.

Iron Lantern

[flickr id="6077477219" thumbnail="medium" overlay="true" size="small" group="" align="center"] After a nice rain, I was walking around with my camera and loved the way the light looked on this iron lantern. I opened the lens up as wide as possible to throw the background into a nice blur then made the shot.

Summer Bouquet

[flickr id="5909108229" thumbnail="medium" overlay="true" size="small" group="" align="center"] I just loved the way the light streamed through the glass vase and illuminated the stems...and the tiny bubbles of this summer bouquet. For me, this was a far more interesting view than the flowers themselves.

The Mocking Shadows

The Mocking Shadows While on a photo walk in Geneva, IL with two photographer friends of mine, we saw this wall covered with what looked like dormant grape vines. A little more exploration turned up this ladder. As I looked at the scene, I couldn't help but get excited at the way the lines, shapes, and patterns of the bricks, vines, ladder, and the hint of the chimney all worked together. Then there was the element of the shadows that seemed just a bit out of phase with the rigidity of the rest of the scene. How could I not make a photo?

Exalted Chili Oil

Exalted Chili Oil This was one of those moments I just knew I had a chance to make a photograph I would like very much. We ordered take-out Chinese food the night before from our favorite restaurant. Because they know I love my food VERY hot and spicy, they always include a container of extra chili oil for me. The container was sitting on the kitchen counter the next afternoon, when the sun streamed in through the window in the door so perfectly that it illuminated the container with the low, late afternoon rays. I knew I wouldn't have much time before the sun continued it's natural course and move away from the window, so I quickly grabbed my camera and made several shots. I shot from the side and from above, but it wasn't until I shot directly toward the sun ray and through the oil that I had that shot that made me smile broadly.

Naturally Lit Candles

Naturally Lit Candles The afternoon light was streaming in and falling on these candles. As soon as I saw this scene, I just knew I had to grab my camera and make a photograph.

Sitting in the Mist

Sitting in the Mist On a recent trip to Chicago's Garfield Park Conservatory, my wife and I were delighted to experience the misting in the Palm House. I happened to look up and saw this couple silhouetted against the sunlight as it streamed in through the glass ceiling.


Lilly As the waning afternoon light flowed in through the window, I couldn't help but notice the way it illuminated this Lilly.

Wanting to accentuate the drama that I was experiencing, I grabbed my camera and exposed for the brightness of the flower which allowed the already darker background to be underexposed.

Afternoon Vase

Afternoon Vase This vase sits on a little table in the foyer near our front door. When I went to check to see if the mail had arrived, I was stopped in my tracks by the way the sun poured in through the nearby small window. I rand to grab my camera and managed to make this photo before I lost the light.

Night Boat

Night Boat I spent some time on Longboat Key in Florida, on an assignment for my uncle. After a long day's shooting, we headed out to the dock behind his house where he loves to do some night fishing. He installed a glow light under the water which gives off an eerie green glow to attract fish. The sun had just about set, painting the sky in various shades of blue, indigo, purple, and magenta. The chartreuse illumination from the glow light spilled on the boat he has suspended above the water creating an odd combination of colors. I chose to use my fisheye lens to really add to the surreal feel of the scene.

The Ceiling Light Masquerading as the Moon

Sometimes, just looking up yields some great photo opportunities. In this case, I underexposed the ceiling light and was delighted that the resulting effect was almost otherworldly.