Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Autumn's End

A Maple leaf on a rain covered asphalt parking lot in northern Illinois.  A gray, dreary day near the end of October when nearly all the colorful leaves have fallen; the ground is wet and muddy.  It's cold outside - what am I doing here?

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Once upon a time it was very modern.  Everybody had to have one - or four.

Monday, June 13, 2011


Daisies in an overgrown field, overcast day, where you might not think to look for a beautiful photo op.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Spanish Moss

Spanish Moss hanging from an ebony tree at Santa Anna National Wildlife Refuge, Alamo, TX

Northern Cardinal, Santa Anna Wildlife Refuge

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Connotations II

With a little added color, different lighting, puffy clouds in the sky and a slightly altered point of view, does the building still cast connotations of a prison?  I thought if I had removed the cell tower, telephone poles and power lines the building complex would look even more friendly, but would have added an unrelated variable to the concept of lighting, color, and point of view changing a viewer's perception of an image.

For comparison, see Blog Post "Connotations" posted Feb, 2011.

Thursday, February 3, 2011


Consider the connotations of the lighting, the foreground, sky, point-of-view and the building complex itself.  What kind of place would you guess this to be?  What is the purpose of the people who occupy this space?
If you didn't know the place, would you have guessed it is a convention center?  It is a rather large, very nice convention and exhibit center at McAllen, TX.
When I first saw this view on this particular day, my initial thoughts were "Forbidden City", "secret spaces", "keep out", "black ops", "clandestine activities", etc.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Variations on a Century Plant

The first version is as it came from the camera with just a small contrast adjustment in curves.
In the second version I used a Photoshop preset of high saturation.
In this third version, I used a color negative effect from Photoshop.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Light Painting

Calla Lily painted with LED flashlight and Photoshop filter effects added.

An unidentified blossom painted with LED flashlight. This is a straight photo without Photoshop filters. 
Friends assured me there was too much ambient light to apply this technique in the neighborhood where we live. I was simply not convinced and tried it anyway. 

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Vermillion Flycatcher

A Vermillion Flycatcher photographed at Rio Grande Bentsen State Park near Mission, TX

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Dinner at Mama's restaurant in McAllen, TX.  It was a delicious salad with sauteed Protobello mushrooms, fresh strawberries served with a marvelous balsamic viniagrette.  Too pretty not to photograph.