[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="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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)