Friday, May 30, 2014

A Single Window


This was taken during our recent visit to the W.A. Young & Sons Machine Shop and Foundry in Rices Landing, PA.

This was my second visit, the first one being last November.  The interior of the shop has 25 belt driven machines that still operate today.  The details in such an environment can be overwhelming, so after shooting inside I took a break outside and found this lone window.  I used a Lensbaby Composer to get the shot.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Longing for the Rolling Hills

In a couple weeks Denise and I will be heading for the rolling hills of Palouse.  We are super excited to get back to this unique landscape.  Fingers crossed for great clouds like last year!

I was taking a look at some of my Palouse images from last year.  Ah, the blue skies, white clouds, and the green fields.  But in the case of the image above,I think the rolling hills are best shown in black and white.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Behind Bars with Lensbaby

Last night I was doing a little photo editing and came across this shot from Lorton Prison.  I used a Lensbaby Composer to focus on the opening in the bars.  The Lensbaby is an old favorite in my camera bag and after not using one for the last few months, I'm finding a renewed interest in using this creative tool.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Old Car Heaven

Last weekend on our way to Carrie Furnace we found a nice private collection of classic cars.  Unfortunately we were pressed for time and I only got a few shots.  I’m looking forward to going back to give this subject matter the time it deserves.

I used Topaz Adjust to achieve the aged look.  You can always get 15% discount on any of the Topaz plugins by using our link and the code "roadrunner".  

Friday, May 9, 2014

Fun with Flowers

This tulip was well past its prime when I decided to put it in a block of ice. 
Recently I have seen a number of great photographers who are doing incredible work 
with flowers that are well past their peak.  Considering that freezing the flower 
is not a pristine way to display the beauty of mother nature, why worry
 about obtaining pristine specimens.

While I enjoy this type of photography I admit I do it too few times a year.
I usually think about it in the spring, but for some reason I don’t in the summer 
or fall.  I need to work on that!  

Monday, May 5, 2014

How I spent my Saturday Night

This former fine automobile is perhaps the last abandoned car in Fairfax County.  I have no way of knowing this, but in our rather large suburb undeveloped land is fairly scarce.  Recently this car was brought to my attention and I could not think of anything better to do this past Saturday than a little light painting after dark.