Posts tagged ‘Autumn’

October 26, 2015

Liquid assets

Cash on hand
Liquid assets
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January 15, 2015

Curtain veil

April 25, 2013

Drama fence

The line “it has no personality” makes me cringe. People say things all the time that lack thought, and “that lacks personality” is one of them. Nothing lacks personality. You may not like it. It may lack volume. Someone may think it is boring or basic, but all descriptors are attempts distinguish character. They try to define or manifest something in a subject. If you see nothing, you lack vision. That’s the problem!

Take, for instance, this fence. It’s fairly ordinary. Gray. Washed of its former color. Stark. Dry, rigid and gritty. At first glance it’s any fence. The color of autumn behind it overwhelms it. You could try to say it lacks personality. Maybe you focus on a portion of the fourth definition of the word: distinction or excellence of personal and social traits. How does such narrow tailoring of meaning become such a throwaway thing to say about something? Anything? It’s really strange to me. This fence in it’s gray, washed-out, stark, dry, rigid grittiness cuts the scene. It makes a statement. It builds up the drama. It functions in the photo, and that brings mood to the composition. I like drama in a photo, but not in real life, so I’m sorry to call you out.
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January 24, 2013

Shadows through the leaves

SPAM OR NOT?
I got an interesting message on one of my images yesterday about how somebody would like to share my work through their website. I’ve yet to approve the message, as I’m not sure if it’s spam or not, and I’m wondering if anyone else gets these messages from time to time. Usually the spam filters do a good job of getting out the problems, but I’m not sure about this one. I’ve had a few slip through in the past that I was certain were spam, and I’m worrying about setting a precedent on this and opening myself up to a can of worms.

SHADOWS THROUGH THE LEAVES
Autumn used to be my favorite time of year. I liked when school restarted and the air muted from hot and thick to not-yet cool and crisp. The colors were always exciting and being outdoors was fun. It’s changed. Now I see piles of leaves on the way that will require raking, and despite the mild temperatures I sense some pressure of getting outside things done prior to the heavier blanket of cold.

I got sick a few years back with a fever of 106.3 degrees. That was my temp in-hospital after battling the illness for six days. I was told over 107 is when your brain begins to “cook.” I went through massive headaches and chills and sweats. I’ve never been that cold in my life – it was like the cold was coming from inside me. I believe to this day that it affected my body and that I handle the cold not as well as I did in the years prior to getting sick. I’m closer to my former self now, but for a couple of winters I was colder than I’d ever been. The creep of the shadows – the longer ones in fall – and the leaves piling up kind of weighed on me at the time. It was like the cold was coming. It inspired this photo, despite the warm colors from the leaves and the sun.
Shadows through the leaves
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January 21, 2013

Hosta loop

Here’s another abstract-looking Hosta. It’s two of the dead and formerly-flowering stems beginning to curl back to earth after expending their worth to the plant. I took this in relatively early autumn after a shock of cold days. I think this might be hard to look at for some, but for me it was all about finding three points of focus. It’s an experiment, really; with so little space between the plant and the ground I wanted to see how well I could do this hand-held. The point was to get the stems to look like they were coming out of blur, not the ground. …Success? Sort of.
Hosta loop
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January 14, 2013

The mini maple shrivels

This little maple tree grew up in a neglected pot outside the house a couple of summers back. I found it interesting how its leaves fell open like asking hands and then curled back in the fall like the fingertips were closing up into the palms. I stared at it a few times over the course of a weekend before taking this shot with my 50 prime lens. It’s about to get cold here again, so I’m looking forward to doing some inside shots with that lens. I shot so many landscapes this year that it might be good to try some everyday kinds of things. Just a change of pace.
The mini maple shrivels
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December 2, 2012

Leaves in the bag

It’s December, but the temps are in the mid-Octobers. As evidenced by attached image, I got behind on my leaves this November. Collection stopped maybe 10 days ago, and this is one of five bags I tied off on Saturday. There are at least another two bags of leaves still out there along the sides of the house. Nobody will notice, maybe.

When I say collection ended, I mean street collection. Around here we push the leaves into the street for a couple of months, but you can’t do that in December. I was left to bag the rest, and I did this after running three miles home from the gym this morning. That’s a good four hours of physical activity, but before you’re impressed, I don’t make regular habit of doing so much. I’d like to, though.

Anyway, as for the leaves in the bag, it’s two-thirds full. All of the rest of the leaves in this picture and more still made it into the bag, so if you do some calculating, that’s how much raking I did. I’m sure I’ll feel great tomorrow. Also, I took the hose off the wall, something I forgot to do the past two years. It didn’t crack either time, so I’m not sure why I felt compelled to be so hose-proper this time around. Especially considering the moment I took it off the wall it leaked all over my foot and left it soaking for almost the duration of the 3 1/2-hour rake. Perfect.
Leaves in the bag
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October 27, 2012

Leaved walk

I never noticed just how much the light changes during fall in Chicago until I moved south. After a few years away I realized night lights at 4:30 p.m. is actually quite unacceptable. In winter we live in almost total darkness – staying inside during working hours and venturing home only after the sun is long gone.

Fall used to be far and away my favorite time of year. The crispness in the air and color was something I looked forward to throughout those overheated summer months. Now, its a bit sad to have fall arrive. The color is still gorgeous, but the darkness is more and more obviously hanging overhead. I caught both on this rainy night.
Leaved walk
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October 24, 2012

Any average street

I raked leaves all evening, but I couldn’t get the job done before it darkened up. I was left to guess at the property line, and I think I helped my neighbor out a little bit by pulling a bunch from his side down to the street. We’re allowed to rake the leaves into the gutter for the city to scoop up. There’s a problem, though. Sometimes cars come shredding through and they fly back up onto the lawns and scatter into the street. When it rains they stick to the tires and the pavement and end up getting all over everything.
Any average street
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October 1, 2012

Before the fall

Now nine days past the September equinox, Autumn is really showing itself. Next weekend will probably produce even better color, but I love this tree. It is entirely red-orange on one side and still green on the other. Some of the lower leaves are just yellowing. I got underneath to let the sun peek through, and I blasted upward with my flash. I had to do the HDR from a single raw, so this isn’t a true high dynamic range image, but I was very happy with it. Most leaves haven’t hit the ground yet, so it’s Autumn, but it isn’t necessarily fall.
Before the fall
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