A River Returns What Has Fallen

[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.

Trunk Divergence

[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.


Fallen 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.

Selling the Holiday

Selling the Holiday My wife and I were out and about during a snow storm when we saw a x-mas tree lot on the far north-west side of Chicago. I just knew it was ripe for photographing so we went around the block and as I got a view of the other side of the lot, I saw this trailer and the string of lights. Immediately we knew it would make for a great shot.

Tree Trumps Fence

Tree Trumps Fence

Originally uploaded by CarusoPhoto

We spent the afternoon walking an art fair in Oak Park, IL. We were delighted to spend some time with our artist friends. Behind one of the tents, I saw this fabulous tree, the fence that accommodated it, and the perfectly colored house behind it. I paused to grab a photo and then went back to talking with our friends.

Open (Rural Green Shed) (075/365 03-16-2010)

As I was driving around today, I decided to turn around by heading off the main road onto a small two-lane. I happened to notice this green shed just ahead so I pulled up, made the photograph, then continued on my way.

Slow-Mobiles Only (010/365 01-10-2010)

I was driving through Chicago's western suburbs this morning, and pulled into a forest preserve parking lot to see if I could find anything interesting, and these signs were right at the entrance.

Four Wheel Drive (008/365 01-08-2010)

As I was out driving today, I pulled over to make a few photographs, but wasn't very happy with what I was getting. I walked back to the car and just got inspired to get down nice and low and make a photo of the snow by the tire.

Birch and Blue (308/365 11-04-09)

On our way in to work this morning, I managed to make this photo while we were sitting at a red light. How can you NOT love a blue door, particularly when there's a birch tree out front?

Autumn in Suburbia (304/365 10-31-09)

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.

Veiled Verdure (246/366 09-05-09)

While in my tent at the Oak Brook show, I couldn't help but make a photograph of this bit of foliage that was laying on the roof. The light, the colors, and the translucent material all combined to make an intriguing scene.

(Incidentally, Margie Hurwich, a friend of mine and a terrific photographer, mad a similar shot when she was visiting me. I can't wait to see how her's turned out!)