Saturday, November 23, 2013

Car parts…and entire cars: Porsche By Design at the North Carolina Museum of Art

Rolling sculpture, the illusion of great speed while standing still, the possibility of still greater speed than some might imagine (when driven on a track or suitable road), beautiful form inspired and guided by beautiful mechanical engineering.

Usually, museums put a lot of restrictions on photography, even prohibiting it for certain exhibitions (and understandably so). For "Porsche by Design," showing at the North Carolina Museum of Art, NCMA held an "open hood" event for members, and actually encouraged photography. Well, twist my arm and I'll give in and bring a camera!


Sunday, November 17, 2013

Daylight is always changing around here

I looked up at some persistent Japanese maple leaves, still hanging on today. I saw this garland-like pattern and positioned myself for an effective play off the background of tree tops. Then I spent just a few minutes exploring the things below me. By the time I looked back up, the light had changed.

The change in light made a somewhat simpler, more graphic image, but I also like the first one (above), with sunlight shaping the tree trunks.


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Can't see the forest for the trees?

Today, to take a break from editing a couple of thousand soccer action photos, I spent a little while looking for individual red leaves and any interesting clumps of the same. I tried to emphasize contrasts by using a wide view (a 24 mm lens for all of these shots) and finding shapes, colors, and "density" (luminance) that were very different from the leaves themselves.


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Dying leaf curls itself into a lantern shape

The leaves are falling, and those still attached to branches are past their peak from the aesthetic perspective of an observer, but there are still some interesting sights to be found.


Monday, November 4, 2013

Fried Oreos?

Today, a nice sky in search of a foreground:


Friday, November 1, 2013

Rain brings out the beauty of autumn leaves

The steady rain we've had today intensified the colors of the leaves and added some nice specular highlights. Here's what I mean: