Let There Be Light
Tis the season when autumn’s mixed palette of colors are revealed to paint a vibrant landscape and when temperatures drop to remind us where we live in the world. The sun begins to set sooner with shorter days and longer nights, as our daylight disappears.
The autumn season is one of my favorites, yet it seems to come and go rather quickly, sometimes before I realize the leaves have already fallen or lie dormant on their branches. The landscape where I live now in the mid-west is not the same as it was back in the Northeast where I used to live with an abundance of trees.
In any case, capturing this starburst of sunlight through the trees was an adventure. I contended with the wind blowing the leaves along with the light hiding behind the leaves. Hand holding my camera until the image in my mind was captured on film, I succeeded. This image was not cropped, only converted from RAW in light room. Perhaps a smaller starburst would be ideal, yet I’ve come to like the way the light of the world is shown larger than I imagined.
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Tagged arboretum, autumn, autumn season, colors, fall foliage, IL, Let There Be Light, light, Light of the world, Lisle, Nikkor 28-70, Nikon 800E, starburst, sunlight, Tis the season, trees, vibrant landscape
Stop what you are doing and have a seat. Really… sit down and relax. How many of you can actually rest long enough without feeling that you need to get up and do something like grab an Ipad, Iphone, a pen, a camera or a book?
Isn’t “thinking” actually doing something? Don’t we all need mental blocks of doing nothing to refresh and energize our minds? Yes, we do. If you are anything like me, you are constantly on the go and feel like you need to be doing something to keep busy constantly. You especially do not want anyone to catch you doing “nothing.” Thinking, planning and letting your mind wander is productive.
With all the technology gadgets that keep us constantly connected and focused on our devices, it’s a wonder what we do without them. These devices keep us looking busy when we are stuck with a block of time with nothing to do such as waiting in an airport, or in a long line at the grocery store. No one wants to look silly, so these little machines keep us looking important and busy to the world.
So, I challenge you to stop and have a seat without any electronic devices. Let your mind wander and see where it takes you. The results may surprise you.
Posted in Autumn, photography
Tagged arboretum, devices, Have a seat, IL, Lisle, Nikkor 28-70mm, Nikon D800e, outside, relax, wooden chair
What another gorgeous day for this time of year. The sun shines in the 70′s today. Our trees have started to show signs of color in some areas. With the lack of water and high temperatures, some leaves die before they fall off the tree or just decide to hang on a bit longer.
It’s been a while since I have been posting regularly. I’m still getting over a cold which I do believe is partly due to all the studying I have been doing to pass a Cisco technical exam. To say I didn’t pass, doesn’t leave me a failure, I was quite successful in my classes, with exams, labs and in studying, it consumed me. My body may be telling me that this work is not suited for me anymore. It was difficult to study technical details and not utilize my right brain. What I used to do in the past in the technical arena is perhaps not right for me anymore.
I am much happier working with my photography and writing projects. I do them because they are my passion and they move me to take action to achieve better and grow. If I could find a way to generate enough of the photography business so I can break even with my expenses, life would be grand. I’m hoping that one bridge in my life will connect the other and I will find harmony. I’m already working on it with my life coach.
Until we meet again, happy shooting!
Hurray, clap, clap, thank you, thank you – please don’t stand up. I nominated my own photo for an award of my own. “Photo of the Year, by Martina.”
This is my award that generates emotions and feeling that may not be echoed across the room. No worries. I wanted to share it with you. No explanation will be presented, just a profound image. I’m not about awards or generating them, I’m not against them either, but rather capturing a feeling that may resonate with the audience and sparks some kind of emotions or thoughts.
Enjoy the image…until next time, happy shooting.
I have spent some time away from my computer blog recently and more time with my thoughts and ideas. (actually seeking employment and studying- is full time work and it continues).
The notion of “running on empty” came to me as I literally have been running on an empty battery to take photographs for a few days in a row. Running on empty with my time too.
Today I forgot my spare battery and to charge the one I had with me. When this happens I preset my camera configuration, test an image and then quickly turn off the camera again. I tend to focus better on what I want to photograph because I know I do not have an endless supply of “clicks” to use. I work more diligently, staying focused on what I am aiming for.
Normally with less photos available to shoot with, I do spend time more with each shot working with the composition and viewing with a photographer’s eye in mind. Less is more, or better in some cases. It gets me to use my resources more efficiently. At least it brings me back to the film days mindset.
Not having that extra battery life does tighten my mission of memories to choose from and makes me realize that this photograph could be my last one of the day or evening in this case.
Chicago- taken with a lensbaby optic.
Chicago – looking out to Navy Pier
Every time I bring my camera on a photographic journey, I see things I wouldn’t normally see. Today was no exception at the Morton Arboretum. I find new subjects to shoot in new and different ways and I often try to push my own limits by trying new things with my lens or with my perspectives.
My shot here today would be considered “lucky” since I used my wide-angle lens as a macro while capturing this busy little bee. The wing movement was not evident from the camera view until shown on the large computer screen. I cropped the image further to emphasize the wings in motion.
Life is busy as a bee for me right now and I may not be able to post for the rest of the summer. I’d rather not bore you with all the details, but know that I am shooting when I can and will be back as soon as I can with new images to post.
Busy as a Bee
Thank you for taking the time to view my blog. I will visit your blogs while I am absent from mine.
While I am a bit late in posting firework images for the 4th of July here in America, it’s never too late to celebrate life and the good things which are happening for you. If we search, we will always find something “happy” to celebrate, something worth looking up to the skies and seeing an explosion of fireworks for. Happiness is a choice we can all make.
Here are some images that I captured on the 4th of July in my town of Naperville, IL. There are one or two opportunities to capture fireworks on film yearly, so for me I haven’t got a ton of experience. I read up on some techniques and used a tripod this year.
With crowds of people in the same viewing area, it was a challenge to get a good spot and capture anything. I am pleased and happy with what I captured and thus is the reason for my photography celebration.
What are you happy to celebrate today?
My shutter speeds could have been slower in some cases. Perhaps these images are not as grand looking as some professional firework photographers, but overall I am “happy” with my efforts and will give it another try the next opportunity I have.
After all photography is a never-ending learning cycle as my next shot is always the best shot and I am never completely satisfied or I would not continue to shoot.
Posted in Photographic art, photography
Tagged 4th of July, celebration, fireworks, happy thoughts, IL, images, life, low-light photography, Naperville, naperville il, Night photograpy, Nikon, photographers, photography, Positive, shutter speeds, tripod
…sometimes it feels like it’s raining, even when it’s not. There are times when life decides to pour everything on all at once and then we become wet, wet with problems we have to overcome. We can never be fully dry until we solve the problems or get rid of them somehow. Much like the cycle of life, the rain keeps coming back eventually and so will the problems.
It’s the attitude of such problems that make them bearable. It’s the positive aspect we withhold that makes problems tend to bounce off us much like the “falling rain” here in this photograph at the Millennium Park in Chicago.
This young boy isn’t afraid to face his fear of getting hit by water, no he walks forward head on. This is the way we should focus on our negative issues, head on and without fear. As we get older, we begin to accumulate years of problems and get to a point of not wanting to deal with them sometimes.
Perhaps we need to take a look at this picture and remember that those fears are not fears, but opportunities to face those problems head on. Sometimes a problem leads to a wonderful opportunity that we never could have imagined before. We should think more like the young and be young at heart because no matter what our age, it’s what’s in the heart that matters most.
Being young at heart can accomplish more than our older minds allow since they have been clouded by pouring rain far too many times. Being young at heart can help us overcome the obstacles and turn problems into prospects.
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Tagged Chicago, child, cycle of life, fears, Millenium Park, millennium park in chicago, Nikon, obstacles, rain, thoughts on life, When it Pours, Young at heart
As “Luck” would have it, I am often at the right place at the right time when I have captured my best photographs. Most times my trips are not planned far in advance to prepare for what I might encounter and I often don’t know what I will see through my viewfinder. There are times when I am catching movement in the corner of my eye and I turn to get lucky to freeze the moment in time to tell my story later.
Perhaps it’s happened to you before? I actually like the element of surprise and when I come home with a great capture, well I consider that a bonus, if you will.
Just like this photo of the John Hancock Building in downtown Chicago, The 100-story 1,127 foot tall skyscraper appears smaller than it actually is in my photo. The image was taken from the open window or sun roof as we drove by. It wasn’t cropped or altered. I like the composition even if I didn’t have much time to compose it or practice more than once.
With my Lucky images, comes my unlucky storage capacity. I have almost no storage left on my blog after over three years of blogging, nor can I download any new photographs onto my computer or backup drive until I get an upgrade.
Hopefully my computer backup drive will be installed soon and I will return with new images and stories to go with them.
Until then, happy shooting and happy writing.
Same, Different, and Still Same
We all bloom of the flower species.
We are same in:
We are different in:
The difference we have sets us apart.
The difference we have makes us unique.
The difference we have brings about attention.
The differences we share are fewer.
We are more the same than we are different.
We get along.
Celebrate the differences in life,
Remember we are the same species.
See the beauty of that difference in the viewfinder you look through.
Humans should act more like the flower species.
And get along.
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Tagged Beauty of difference, Chicago, environment, flowers, Millenium Park, nature, Nikon, photography, plants, Same & Different, Spring season, thoughts, Tulips, We are all the same species