Just an Old Truck
A few years ago, on a warm and humid August day, two of my friends and I explored some backroads of the Arkansas Ozarks from sunup to sundown. We photographed landscapes, old buildings, little waterfalls, wildflowers, and more.
Many photographers, especially outdoor and nature photographers, including me, like to travel and to seek out new locations and scenes. There is so much in this country, not to mention the world, yet to be seen.
However, circumstances and time often prevent us from traveling, so we learn to make the best of the locations near to home. And, we soon find that we have favorites: “go-to” places that always give us a photo opportunity.
Returning there often, we learn the best times to go, we see the seasons change, and we challenge ourselves to see familiar things in a new way.
My go-to locations near my home in Western Arkansas have been Natural Dam, Devils Den State Park, and Cherokee and Flanagan Prairies, among a few other spots. I always find something to photograph at these locations. Continue reading
Once again, it is time to review the photographs made this year, and select my favorites. We have been doing this for the past several years, and I look forward to it every year. This year, I started with over 50 photos, and after making several passes through the collection, and making some tough decisions, I selected the 10 photographs that gave me the most joy and satisfaction when I made them, and continue to do so now. Here are my Favorites for 2017, in roughly chronological order… Continue reading
Devil’s Den State Park f/16, 1/200 sec, and ISO 400, 24-70 zoom lens set to 24mm.
Ever since I began making photographs, I prefer to photograph the morning. I like to be there for that transition from night to day, when the colors change, and the light changes, and the day is fresh and with a new beginning. And… every morning, every day, is different…
Natural Dam f/16, 1/8 sec, ISO 100, 24mm pre-dawn light
In the winter, you see frost on rock edges and on the edges of leaves, and ribbons of ice from stems of plants, and you see frozen water, and fog rising from streams, and you feel the crispness of the air, and you see your breath… Continue reading
Two years ago, at dawn on a cold December morning, I visited Natural Dam and made one of my favorite photographs ever. There was a fog rising from the water, and the sun was just about to rise, and the fog glowed in the pre-dawn light.
This was the first photo I made that morning, and after I tried some different compositions and exposures, I moved on to different locations around the waterfall. This is my normal approach – to look at a scene, and to explore different viewpoints. Eventually, I saw this scene… Continue reading
Some years back, we suffered a computer hard disk crash. There were some photos on it, but I did not consider them a great loss, and thought they were backed up… somewhere. I said “some years back” meaning before I had learned about serious back up and better organization. (Today, we use three duplicate external hard drives, with more drives for images prior to 2015.)
As time went by, I did not find that back up. Until recently.
Since I retired as store manager, I have gradually been re-organizing my office. And, some old CD’s have appeared. On one of them is this photo, my first good water drop with refraction. For me, it is important, as it marks a turning point in that part of my photography. My first success! Although it is not a perfect photo, I learned much about searching for the right combination of water drop, refracted flower, and light… Continue reading
Canoes with Morning Reflection
Image 5105 Date: April, 2016
A couple of years before this, I had begun photographing the canoes at Devil’s Den State Park. Probably, I had seen similar photographs of canoes elsewhere (I know – who hasn’t?), and was inspired to make my own version. Each time I revisited these canoes, I would make new photographs, and with each visit, it seemed my photographs improved.
On this day, we were holding our spring macro photography workshop in the park. I arrived early, and while waiting, I walked to the canoe docks.
From early spring to late fall, the park rents the canoes and paddle boats for use on the Park’s little lake, formed from Lee Creek. It’s a very small lake. Besides the lake, the Park has miles of hiking trails, waterfalls, and plenty of the rugged beauty Arkansas is known for. It is my favorite Arkansas State Park. Continue reading