One Observing

A Curious Person's Photographic Notebook

On Learning Photography

Blooms Alit

The word photography originates from two Greek roots:
photos meaning light and
graphos meaning drawing or writing.

With the intent to improve my photographic skills and grasp the fundamentals of capturing light, that is, aperture and shutter speed, I recently acquired a manual film SLR camera, a Pentax K1000. I am enjoying the camera’s classic design and fully manual operation. I am not enjoying the disgraceful cost of developing film or my dismal results. From four rolls of film, 24 exposures each, I have little to show. Nevertheless, I am undeterred. My film experiments will continue.

Today’s exposure records the light of one moment that struck me. The afternoon sun was illuminating these past-prime lilies growing beside a shadowed building. The enlivened blooms, in turn, transmitted light as though they were suns.

Azure Blue and Burnished Gold

Burnished gold frieze against azure blue

Azure Blue and Burnished Gold Leaves

Autumn Colours and Patterns

In celebration of the change of season . . . . .

Autumn Colour & Pattern

Autumn Trail

Autumn Ground Cover

Autumn Mosaic

Red Leaves, Red Leaves

Tree of Life

Black-spotted Red Leaves

Foretell

Foretelling Autumn Hues

On a subdued, grey morning, the vibrant hues of this lone flower, survivor of a thundering hailstorm the evening before, seem incongruous. Though out of sync with the mood of the day, the flower’s saturated red, orange and yellow tones foretell the coming autumn palette.

To the lake

Seawall Art Gallery

Boats and Water

Testing the Water

At the Boardwalk

Prairie Landscape

Summer Fields

Prairie Summer

These photographs were taken from a moving vehicle, an idea shamelessly copied from other photographers. My experiment garnered mixed results, but I rather like these two shots, the movement blurring the summer crop fields and tree lines into simple bands of colour against the big blue sky, creating minimalist abstract compositions that emphasise the distinctive horizontality of the prairie landscape.

 

Gladdening

Zinnias and More

Flowers never fail to gladden my heart. If your heart needs gladdening, I offer this bouquet to you.

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