Monday, April 26, 2010

Before and After #2

Again, I'm not going to say which one I fiddled with. Which one do you like better?


Before and After #1




These two pictures are the same picture, with some fiddling done to one of them (I'm not going to say which). Which one do you like better?


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Blue Ridge Parkway, VA - 2009

I took this one just off of the Blue Ridge Parkway in the fall of 2009. The original picture is in color, but most of the tones were shades of gray anyway, so I turned it into black and white.

This was taken in a cemetary near the Parkway. I was taking pictures of the fall leaves near the gravestones when I heard these chimes in the wind. I was unable to resist taking a picture of them in the fog. It was fairly eerie.

This was originally a film picture, and the negative was converted to digital format.

Harold Parker State Forest, MA - July 2009

I took this picture in Harold Parker State Forest in Andover, MA. It's cropped a bit, but I haven't modified it in any other way. I liked the shape and color of these flowers although I must admit I don't know what they're called. As with other pictures, I like the contrast of the colors against each other.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Lake Umbagog, NH/ME - June 2007

This is one of my favorite camping pictures. It was taken in one of the remote campsites on Lake Umbagog in New Hampshire/Maine. It was a gorgeous morning, and we were looking forward to a good day of kayaking around the lake.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Monterey Bay, CA - 1997

One of my favorite pictures of all time. I call this one either "a pelican with illusions of grandeur" or "further proof that pelicans can't read." It's not a great photo artistically, but I took it from a moving boat at sunset with a point-and-shoot camera, so you can't expect much from it. I took this on a sunset cruise on Monterey Bay in September of 1997, right after I started graduate school there.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Near Charlottesville, VA II - 2010

I really like the colors in this photo, too. I particularly like the color of the sky here. The blue is so bright and such a contrast to the white of the flowers. When I took the picture, I actually wanted to capture the white of the flowers contrasted with the pink of the tiny buds below them. It's fascinating to me that these same pure white flowers came from deep pink buds only days earlier. I wasn't at all focused on the sky in this picture, but it is the one thing that makes the picture, for me.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Shenandoah Nat'l Park II - 2010

I may be the only person in the world who sees this, but to me, this looks like the two trees are kissing. The two parts where the trees meet are the mouths and noses, and each of the trees has a knot where the eyes should be.

I took this picture in Shenandoah National Park, near the Blackrock area. A friend recommended I park there and get out to take the mile-long round trip hike, and it was definitely worth it.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Near Charlottesville, VA - 2009

This is one of my favorite pictures of campus from last fall. I love the contrast of colors between the red of the leaves and the blue of the water and the green of the grass. I haven't done anything at all to the digital file, either, which is one of the cool things about it - the colors were all there naturally.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Shenandoah Nat'l Park - 2010

I took this picture last weekend in Shenandoah National Park. I'm not really sure what overlook I was standing in at the time, but I was looking southwest. I like a camera that handles taking pictures into the sun well, and I thought this tree looked sort of stark against the softness of the rest of the picture.

I took this with my Canon Rebel. I haven't made any changes to the digital file.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Cabin Lake, VA - 2010

I took this picture the other day while wandering around the campus that I now live on. The day was warm and spring-like, and I really liked the reflection of the cabin in the lake. The cabin isn't in the greatest shape, but it looks cool from a distance.

I took this with my new dSLR camera - a Canon Rebel. I've made no changes to the digital file.