Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Harvesting Fall Colors

When autumn leaves are really showing off their colors, it's a perfect time to wander with a camera and collect "samples".  These were gathered over the course of three days, devoting an hour or two each day to photography.  It felt like minutes - time flies when I'm having fun.  Paradoxically, it sometimes almost seems to stand still when I'm "working a scene", but when I'm done I'll wonder where the hour went.

You'll see a lot of strong color contrast in these photos.  The split tree, though, I like for the subtlety of the hues, with strength residing in shapes and textures.

Here is how this one was originally shot, for comparison.  An early viewer graciously took the time to comment, pointing out some glaring faults.  I think the cropped version above is closer to what I was imagining (and should have seen before posting!) - I don't expect everyone to like the juxtaposition of corrugated steel and soft leaves, but that contrast is in fact what caught my eye.  Thanks to those of you who look closely and are willing to say what you think.  I really appreciate it! I don't post everything I shoot, of course, but this blog is in part an exercise and learning tool for me.  That's why the photos are generally in chronological order, rather than being arranged artfully as a group.

The bright colors of this wagon fit the mood of the season, and I liked the tension of chaos and order in the different types of wire.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Blue water, gold water

This is a small dam spillway, photographed in changing light, with the colors exaggerated ("enhanced" would be an understatement) in post-processing.  Because I felt like it.  :<)

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Indoor/outdoor cats

I met two house cats who share a home, but do not get along with each other at all.  As a result, their owners have to do serious cat herding, keeping them in different parts of the house, or one outside and one in, by turns.  Sophie stalked me, but would not allow me to approach closer than 8 feet.

Moose was perfectly fine with petting and photography from intimate distances.

Sophie's yawn does not denote boredom or indifference - when I moved a step closer, she slipped off to the side.

However, she allowed me to catch her in this moment of repose when I observed the precise limit of her comfort perimeter.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Weather Atop the Blue Ridge

Just two hours and a few miles of travel on the Blue Ridge Parkway can reveal dramatic changes in weather and the look of the landscape.

There was fog and haze, and most of the trees had not yet revealed their most intense autumn colors (this was October 7).  However, I briefly caught sight of a patch of color through a gap in the mid-ground foliage, and a long lens concentrated the view.

This fog bank followed the fence line for awhile.

My goal that afternoon was to hike to the Cascades in Jeffress Park, and I was rewarded with nice conditions at the upper and lower falls overlooks.  It was cloudy (and sometimes drizzly), which kept the contrast of the white water manageable.

I got my viewpoint very close to ground level at a feeder stream on the way back.

Here are views from inside and outside the Jesse Brown cabin in E. B. Jeffress Park.

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At the Duke Lemur Center

I took my first tour of the Duke Lemur Center October 5, and was blown away by their inquisitive, sensitive nature.  A small group of photographers were permitted to venture into one of the forest areas (there are a number of large areas separated by fences) and interact with one species who were out there for the day.  In the course of an hour and a half, I saw so many fascinating expressions and "poses" that I have to show you a lengthy sample of the photos I caught.

They are quite used to visitors, but you could still see shyness that gradually diminished, or was overcome.

This ring formation of the tail is, I'm told, not uncommon, but the upside down glance was a lucky catch!

They are fearless leapers.

Lunch time!

Are there greens caught between my teeth?

Other varieties of lemur were indoors that day, but I managed a few shots through their wire enclosures.


We visited mouse-sized nocturnal lemurs in glass enclosures lit only by very dim red lights.

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