The Vintage Point

One of my favorite places to do close-up photography is on the railing of my front porch in the late afternoon on a somewhat warm winter day with little wind. We have some large green bushes (Nandina) in front of our porch with clumps of red berries. This can make a great background for a … [Read more…]

Vintage Outside

I thought that I would take my Helios 58mm f2 for a walk around the neighborhood to see what it could do outside. We have had very little snow this winter and when we do get some, it is usually not much. I like to photograph in the snow, so if it snows I head out with my … [Read more…]

Vintage Inside

In the winter when there are too many bare branches with no snow, I give into the excuses of too windy and/or too cold to go out photographing. I find a sunny window in our house and set up flowers in various patterns and color combinations. These photos were all taken in the upstairs bedroom of my house … [Read more…]

My First Vintage Lens

  I love the magic of blur in a photo. Shooting wide open is one way to accomplish this. Lenses like Lensbaby can enhance this effect. Recently, I noticed some spectacular bubble and ovoid bokeh from heritage or vintage lenses. Vintage lenses can also be very sharp. Not only do vintage lenses only focus manually, but aperture, ISO … [Read more…]

Preaching to the Choir

There were two areas of sunflowers and all of the sunflowers in both areas were facing in the same direction except this one. For some reason it was facing all the other sunflowers that were intent on following the sun. The morning sun nicely highlighted the back of the sunflower that was telling all the … [Read more…]

Coloring Outside the Lines

This photo was made with my favorite lens from one of my favorite companies. It’s a Lensbaby Velvet 56 that I just had to have for my birthday last year. It is marketed as both a portrait and a macro lens, and it’s also good for shooting nature. It calms and beautifies distracting backgrounds. I have been … [Read more…]

The Lotus Trio

I was amazed to find this trio of lotus leaves, so nicely arranged. I could not have done it better myself. It’s an almost perfect overlapping of the leaves. To me, it’s the not so perfectness that makes the photo by creating tension and a little asymmetry. The water drops add dimension. Usually the lotus leaves … [Read more…]

The Bashful Sunflower

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has a wildflower program where flowers are planted along the highways. It was started in 1985 by Former First Lady Dottie Martin, wife of former Gov. Jim Martin, who was probably inspired by Lady Bird Johnson in Texas. It is a great opportunity for photographers and there are three areas … [Read more…]

Into the Light

This is the magical pixie forest. It is a short hike to the north of the Greybeard Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. It is an area where the wind blows changing patterns in the grass and there is often fog even when it is sunny other places. I visit it frequently … [Read more…]

A Pair of Calla Lilies

Calla Lilies are a most elegant and linear flower. They have so many interesting shapes and curves. I liked the relationship between these two calla lilies – how one  points to the other and keeps leading the eye around and around. I converted it to black & white because the color was too green and I loved the … [Read more…]