Winter – Oxbow Park

Located in southern Minnesota, this lovely park is a delightful place to get lost in time capturing the wonders of nature with a camera. In this scene, I loved the soft, muted tones of the woods on this particular winter morning. I decided to add a contrasting element of color and texture to the photograph by including just a bit of warm colored, winter grass in the lower part of the frame. I am always on the lookout for contrasting elements that add depth, layering, and intrigue to my photographs.

Ode to Mexican Markets . . .

They are a wonderful place to find exciting fusions of color and design. And for an obsessed color photographer, that makes for a good day! This image was captured at the Historic Market Square in San Antonio, Texas. What is interesting is this photograph was not shot on the inside of the market, but a portion of an exterior wall that surrounds it.

As a photographer, it is easy to get caught-up in shooting in the central arena, which in this case was the colorful market within the walls. I have been there! But now, I make sure to take time to wander from the arena and find those “visual treats” that photographers tend to miss.

Image Acquisition Process: For this image, I used a Nikon D850/Nikon 70-200mm (@70mm), f14. The iron gate blocked access to the colored area behind. No problem, just look for the visual solution! I focused my lens to maintain critical sharpness on the black curvy bars, which resulted in the distance wall being rendered a pleasing softness that appealed to me. A few inches movement in any direction completely changed the background color relationship dramatically. This final composition was the one that spoke to me in a resounding way. Image captured in-camera, as I saw it.

Leaf Peeping . . .

We had a grand time this past week chasing fall colors in the Ouachita National Forest in Oklahoma. Around every bend through the forest there was another gentle scene to bathe the soul. We savored the wonder of it all!

Abstract Saturdays . . .

I observed these intriguing “heat bubbles” as I was walking along a small-town sidewalk. The bubbles were caused by Texas sunlight shining on an outside window, which over time, caused the inside protective solar plastic to bubble. Thank you, Texas sun!

Autumn Delight . . .

Perhaps Anne Shirley of Green Gables said it best, “I’m so glad to live in a world where there are Octobers.” Yes indeed! This time of year, I always feel an added sense of wanderlust. I truly adore rambling the woodlands to capture nature’s colorful tapestries with my camera. It is tonic for my soul!    

Autumnal Tints . . .

There is always something magical for me about photographing on foggy days. I love the softness and the painterly look it gives to images. I happened upon this setting while hiking through the Soca River Valley located in the country of Slovenia.

Looking Down Again . . .

Another intriguing manhole cover that caught my attention! Captured as is with a Nikon D850/Nikon 24-85mm @85mm. These manhole covers just may become a mild obsession! A person passing by who saw me photographing the manhole cover asked, “Do you think you can turn it into art?” My reply, “The probability exists.”

To looking down and artful probabilities . . . 

Look Down . . .

Something wonderful may have happened! Had I remained photographing from my six feet perspective the simple, intriguing design of the manhole cover and acorns would have eclipsed me. Image was faithfully rendered as is, in full shade. As a result, the photograph has a slight, bluish tint that I felt enhanced the abstract quality of the image.