Taking a closer look…it’s all in the details

This past week’s challenge was all about the details.  So with that in mind, I wanted to photograph somewhat everyday items but in a way that highlighted the finer details.

I had originally planned to photograph details in the built environment, such as, architectural details, mechanical details, etc.  However, the weather was not cooperating and so I ended up scavenging items around the house that I thought may be interesting to photograph.

For this challenge I used a simple lightbox with a black background and a single source of light.

I have always been fascinated by pine combs.  To me, they are always a welcome sign of Autumn and cooler weather.  I find their structure intriguing, I have photographed and even drawn them before.


This camera actually belonged to my parents.  I stumbled across it a few years ago and it’s currently displayed on a shelf in my study.  It’s no longer functional but makes for an interesting photo.


I thought this small oil lamp would also be an interesting subject, especially when lit.


I couldn’t resist a classic Zippo lighter.


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

– Mike L.


The Green and Grungy Monster

So, me and a friend from Instagram have decided to help motivate one another by collaborating on a weekly photo challenge together.  This past week the theme was simple…green.  That’s it, no specific shooting styles or subjects.  Our photos only had to have the common thread of green.

So, I started thinking about “green” things to shoot and since it’s the end of summer there is plenty of green around, but, I wanted something out of the ordinary.  The misses and I were downtown and she spotted a green & grungy beater of a pickup.  It was sitting in the parking lot of our local hot rod shop.  It had apparently just been hauled in.  It was sitting in their lot on jack stands.  It didn’t even have wheels or tires.  We both agreed that it would be put on the short list of potential subjects.

So late last week I returned shortly after nightfall to see if I could capture some interesting photos of the green and grungy monster.  As I walked up to the truck I could see that the bed was still full of trash and junk.  It even had a few plants growing out of the bed and hanging over the side.  It seemed to have been neglected for years.  Luckily, there weren’t any other vehicles close to it so I had plenty of room to move around and find the angles and compositions I wanted.

Below are a few shots from that night.  I hope you enjoy them!