Christmas tree lights

Christmas tree lights

Putting up my father’s Christmas tree is always an event, there are lots of lights, bulbs, and ornaments.  For about 20 years or so, he actually grew Christmas trees on a small lot beside his home and it was a neighborhood tradition for many to come and cut their tree from him around Thanksgiving.  Now we all have artificial trees.

 

Bowls again

Bowls again

Another trip to Huntington yesterday, I think our two cars have made over 20 trips in a couple weeks but yet no time to shoot pictures during the drive. I’m getting to recognize a few of the commuters, or perhaps they are compulsive shoppers out for their fixes.  Everything is looking up now and might have the chance to photograph some in the upcoming days.  Yesterday was cooking day here which included a couple chicken dishes and a southern pulled pork recipe in a slow cooker.  I’m sure I’ve shot this bowl composition several times over the years.

 

 

A ceiling with the KaleidaCam

A ceiling with the KaleidaCam

 

“If you have a chance to taste vanillas from different origins, you’ll see
that they vary widely- some taste like horse saddle, some taste like
spent coffee grounds- and I really have come to prefer the Tahitian vanilla.”

a recipe for milk punch by Gabrielle Hamilton
(what does horse saddle taste like?)

 

 

Palette Talk

Palette Talk

Monday is my mother-in-law’s funeral and we had to move some of her things this weekend as she was a resident in a facility because of an extended illness.  She was a brush artist who also liked to read a lot.

This is an abstract sort of shot taken through her magnifying glass and looking down into a box of her art supplies that I was helping to move.  She will be missed a lot not only by family but also by many of the workers & residents.  When I visited, we would talk mostly about art and I would show her these blog photos on my I-phone.

 Here is my secret. It is very simple. It is only with the heart
that one can see rightly; What is essential is invisible to the eye.

From “The Little Prince”
A novel by Antoine de Saint Exupery

Bowls & knife

Bowls & knife

Here is an abstract I-phone shot from the kitchen, I\’m again going to try a 365 day project in real time.   I read an interesting article in West Virginia Living Online (WVLiving.com) about a local Russian Orthodox monastery, the Hermitage of the Holy Cross, that has quietly existed for a number of years not far from here.  They produce a number of products as a way to make a living including incense, bread, honey, candles, and goat’s milk soap.  A friend and local photographer Mike Adkins recently struck up a nice conversation  with one of the monks in Starbucks, where they discussed art and photography.  In the online article, you\’ll find a good number of excellent photographs by Toril Lavender (wife of newspaper reporter Dave Lavender, who authored one of my travel books that I\’ve used for this blog).  You can access the monastery article right here.

"When the student is ready,
the teacher will appear."

Buddha 
(**this one might take a few moments to grasp.  MH)

 

Walkway at the Wexner Center

Walkway at the Wexner Center

The walkway at the Wexner Center of the Arts, Columbus Ohio
The floor at Wendy\’s (restaurant), Ironton Ohio (layered for texture and color)

 I don\’t suppose I do many composite photographs here.  This one was shot with the I-Phone when I visited the Wexner Center to see the Annie Leibovitz exhibit.  The walkway was an eye catcher for anyone.  On another day, I was eating chili at Wendy\’s in southern Ohio and liked the color and lines of the floor and snapped that picture.  This one above is a composite of the two, layered and blended on the I-Phone.   I added some lens flare with the app LensLight then some scratches and the Fiber Mount frame from the app PictureShow.  Then slightly burned the little guy and floor down with PS curves.  Not that knowing this makes the shot any better, just that I might want to remember it later.

Rainy weekend, but suppose you know that already.  Enjoyed some family and friend time this past weekend, managed to visit, have coffee, desert, or dine with several of them over the past few days.  Honestly, I love the feeling of the cool rain when walking a downtown sidewalk to meet someone for coffee.  Has a much better feel to it than a hot summer day.  Hunker down, the storm will pass soon.

 

"No scary costumes please."

Sign in nursing home

 

Making Salsa

Making Salsa

Much to my surprise, the garden of weeds gave up many tomatoes today so salsa and marinara sauce were cooking when we left for an evening drive.  After the long drought and then the driving windstorms that toppled over the staked tomato patch, I had given completely up on the garden.  So I had a pleasant surprise to find many very nice pink, yellow, Mr. Stripey, and red tomatoes in the patch.

When I shot this image today, I thought the narrow depth of field was probably too much for even me.  I\’d score it a 2 on a 7 scale but considering our goal here is 5 images a week, this is the shot that gave me something to think and talk about.  I was thinking about a couple of recent articles I had read.  One small book about the paintings of Edward Hopper (jump to Wikipedia here).  spoke about his custom of painting from memory as a means of running the scene through a filter that reduces it down to the bare essentials.  I love his paintings, very simple yet effective and I find myself looking for scenes that have the same qualities.  The other recent article was from The Online Photographer where John \’s article entitled In Defense of Depth (link here) was an excellent discussion of the use of narrowly thin depth of field, such as this, as a cliche method of producing photographs.  It\’s an excellent article but be sure to read the comments.

“Cliches remind and reassure us that
we\’re not alone, that other have trod this ground long ago.”

Miguel Syjuco

V

V

I shot this one during the last snow, after having a morning of coffee and bagels. The news reports that we’ve had around 36 inches of snow from about 30 snowfalls this season. I’ll miss them when they are gone, its been the best winter forever. I only wish I had been able to get out some.