Winter’s Chill

Ice Storm Featured Image

This past weekend brought some icy weather to my neck of the woods.  So I ventured out with my camera to see if I could find any interesting shots.

The images in this post were all taken in my backyard, no more than 100′ from my house.  It just shows that if you really look at the opportunities that have been provided for you, you can find inspiration and beauty.

All of the images in this post where shot using a Canon EOS Rebel T5 with a Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Prime Lens.

The images below are linked to a larger version.  Just click on the image for more detail.

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Thanks for visiting, I hope you enjoyed this post.

Mike L.

For the Love of Apples

Every year, since my childhood, on the first Saturday of October.  My hometown closes the streets and makes preparations for the biggest day of the year…The Apple Festival.

The Apple Festival is a single day festival that features crafts, artisans, food, music, fun & games.  The typically quiet streets come alive with spectators, performers, and the tempting scents of a variety of good eats.

Lately, I have been very interested in street photography.  However, I have the same fear as many aspiring street photographers…and that is…the fear of someone being upset over having their photo taken.  But, in a festival setting…it just feels safer.  The streets are so crowded and people are so distracted that know one really notices, or cares, if a stranger is pointing a camera at them.

Now, don’t get the wrong idea, I certainly didn’t wade into the crowd just clicking away and pointing my camera at every interesting person I saw.  In reality, I was still cautious and selective about where or who I pointed my camera at.

Many times I either flat out missed opportunities or simply hesitated and the moment was gone.  But, the more I pressed the shutter release the more confident I felt and the more fun I had.

Below are few images from that outing.  Honestly, I realize that they’re a bit amateurish, but, I wouldn’t expect anything better based on my experience.  I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and the act of attempting street photography.  I plan to try again soon.

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A couple of food vendors trying to keep up with customer demands.

 

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Yes, The Apple Festival really draws a crowd, as seen here, a couple of imperial storm troopers managed to make the journey.

 

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This ladies tattoo caught my eye.  It was obviously done by a very talented artist.  I had to get a photo.

 

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I’m not sure what to say about this one.  I was actually photographing the van.  It was part of a vendor’s booth setup.  Plus, I just like Volkswagon vans.

 

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These guys were breaking it down old school.  The most interesting of the three was the guy in the black hat playing the spoons.

 

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This guy should win to award for the most enthusiastic.  Prior to taking this photo he was attempting to lead the crowd in a spirited singing of America the Beautiful.  I don’t know what the gentleman on the left said to him but, judging by his expression, it must have been amusing.

As always, thanks for viewing my photos…I hope you enjoyed them.

– Mike L.

Abandoned & Lonely

There’s something about this image that I find intriguing.  To me, it speaks of loneliness and abandonment.

The bars on the window indicate that perhaps, at sometime in the past, this building held items that were precious to someone.  The building and it’s contents where important and worth protecting.

Now…only shards of glass and tattered drapes remain.  Important to no one, simply forgotten and neglected.

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This image was shot during the same outing as my On the hunt for reflections… post.

As always, thanks for viewing my photos…I hope you enjoy them.

– Mike L.

 

Pursuing Textures…

This past week’s challenge was texture.  So on Sunday afternoon I grabbed my camera with the intention of seeking out textures.

When you pay attention it’s amazing how much diversity there is in common day objects.  Materials that we are around each day…all of them with their unique texture or pattern.

All of the photos below where shot in and around the community commons area in Wilkesboro using my Canon 24mm, 2.8 lens.  It can focus well at a very short distance and it is the best lens I have for capturing close-up images.

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Brick with blistering paint on the wall of the Wilkes Heritage Museum.  This building was originally constructed in 1902 as the Wilkes County Courthouse.
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Fallen Pin Oak leaves at the Community Commons.
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More Pin Oak leaves.  I also liked the different colors and textures of the paved surface
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This image may be more pattern that texture but…these stacks of chairs caught my eye and I couldn’t resist photographing them.
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Fire Pit…I was not only drawn to the texture of the rocks but also the stark contrast between the rough dark rocks and the smooth bright stainless steel.
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One more image from this outing.  I just had to get a photo of these berries.

 

As always, thanks for viewing my photos…I hope you enjoyed them.

– Mike L.

Night Photography – A Deserted Downtown Alley

Downtown Alley At Night. Black and White Long Exposure Photo

This image was captured on the same night as my Main at Dusk photo.  It is another long exposure photo.  This time the subject is an alley downtown.  I like the strong contrast of this image and the texture created by the brick walls.

Downtown Alley At Night. Black and White Long Exposure Photo
Black and white photo of a downtown alley. This is a long exposure photo taken at night.

Travel Photography – Sandbridge Pier

I shot the photos below with my phone during our vacation last June.  The location was Sandbridge Beach, VA.  The forecast for the day was to start off cloudy and become sunny by afternoon.  The sun never arrived.  A dense fog developed over the water and presented a unique lighting and atmospheric condition.

Photograph of framework under the pier at Sandbrige Beach.
Framework under the pier at Sandbrige Beach.
Pier at Sandbridge Beach on a foggy day high key photograph
High key photograph of the pier at Sandbridge Beach, VA on a foggy day.
Pier at Sandbridge Beach on a foggy day.
Pier at Sandbridge Beach, VA on a foggy day.

Film Photography – Black & White Film Roll #1

Bales of hay lay in a foggy field near Union Grove, NC

One of my hobbies includes photography.  I own a vintage Sears 35mm SLR film camera.  The camera was manufactured for Sears by Ricoh.   I occasionally use it for black & white film photography.  Below are some photographs that I shot with the camera.

Using this camera is a real pleasure.  The fact that you have to manually focus the camera makes you feel a bit more connected with the subject.  Also, shooting film you have a limited number of photographs.  This tends to make you much more selective about the subjects you decide to dedicate an exposure to.  This is a stark contrast to shooting with my Canon DSLR with auto-focus, image stabilization, & a nearly infinite number of exposures you can use on a shoot.

 

 

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End grain of a wood beam from a hiking shelter at Doughton Park. Doughton Park is located along the Blue Ridge Parkway in NC.
Mountain view from Doughton Park
Mountain view from a hiking trail located in Doughton Park. Doughton Park is located along the Blue Ridge Parkway in NC.
Railcars located in Roaring River, NC
Railcars located in Roaring River, NC
Railroad Trestle in Roaring River, NC
Railroad trestle located in Roaring River, NC
Bales of hay lay in a foggy field near Union Grove, NC
Bales of hay lay in a foggy field near Union Grove, NC