Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

Ruby Tuesday Too - Crimson King

This Crimson King maple is in our yard and it's foilage has put on it's bright fall coat.  While this tree is pretty and the leaves are lovely to view, the real show is on the ground.  That's right, take a walk through the leave that have already fallen off of the tree and see what the lens will find.

 The subtle colors and textures in the leaves are truly a show all by themselves.  You can even crop them to a square image like these, print them, frame them, and use them as fall decor in your home.

 Just add water.  There is nothing like a little rain to intensify the colors of any foilage.  Cloudy skies and a little mist are a photographers best friends when capturing detail images of Autumn.

Back the lens up just a bit and you get a collage that only nature could paint.  So, the next time your out on your fall foilage tour, don't forget to look down.  There is a show on the ground that you might be missing.  Happy Ruby Tuesday.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

Once again I have let too much time pass since my last Scavenger Hunt Sunday post.  So here are a my thoughts for this week's promts.

One of the most challenging tasks, when  building a new home or updating your existing abode, is deciding what colors to paint the walls.  You want colors that are fresh and current, but you also want colors that  you can live with for quite some time because you probably aren't going to be excited about painting again in the near future.  Like everything else paint prices have gone through the roof.  I used to use flat white as a primer for everything, just to be sure that my color coat would be true.  I can remember when a gallon of flat white was $4.99-$7.99 per gallon.  Now, the cheapest paint you can get is going to be north of $20.00 per gallon.  Fortunately many of the quality brands now have formulas that are paint and primer in a single coat.  I don't know if I'm entirely sold on that concept.

Okay, so these aren't real pumpkins, they do represent what many people do with pumpkins this time of year.  I found these at a local craft fair.  Most craft fairs do not allow photography of the products, but I was asked by the fair directors to take photos of the craft booths for judging to determine which vendors would be invited back next year.  That gave me access to some unique photo opportunities.  I thought these light fixtures were pretty cool.

You guessed it, I didn't take this image.  Most of our family photos are taken during the holidays, Christmas, Easter, summer vacation, Mother's Day, etc. and include the entire brood.  This image is just my wife and I on our Alaskan Cruise.  We were on our way to our 40th Annivesary dinner and there were several photographers stationed around the ship to capture images for the passengers.  It's about the only way that I work my way into the photo.  Usually I am behind the lens.

Looking Cute
Time flies.  The first image is our oldest grand daughter when she was almost two years old.  She was a very cute baby and had a personality to match.  The second image was taken a couple of years ago and she has grown into a beautiful young lady.  Now she is in her freshman year of college.  One thing that hasn't changed is the sparkle in those eyes and her outgoing personality.

Photographers Choice
In keeping with the season I have chosen to feature the colors of fall here in Northwest Arkansas.  The next couple of weeks will be the peak season for fall foilage so I will be taking numerous photos.  I hope to grab a few of the grandcrew and photograph them as well.  That's it for this edition of Scavenger Hunt Sunday.  Have a blessed week.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Skywatch Friday

Autumn in Northwest Arkansas often bring crystal clear blue skies.  It provides the perfect background for the amazing display of color that is a part of the season.  One does not have to venture into the woods to find beautiful trees and photo opportunities.  This tree is in downtown Rogers, AR.  Fall colors are everywhere, even in a place of final rest.

Some of my favorite images are detailed captures of the leaves.  They're not quite macro, but they are upclose and personal.

As we say, here in the south,
"Happy Fall, y'all!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Inspiration Thursday

 Precious Memories

Have you ever noticed that the older you get the more important memories become?  In fact, it seems that the past becomes more important that the future for some of us.  During the last few years of my father's life his military service in WWII became more important to him than at any other time in his life.  Some one gave him a WWII veteran baseball cap with the profile and name of his ship on it and he wore it everywhere he went.  There was a time in my life when my military service and time in Vietnam meant very little to me except that it was two years out of my life that I will never get back.  Today, I am proud of that time and when veterans are recognized at various events, I find myself filled with emotion and gratitude for the recognition.
One of the reasons that I have gotten relatively serious about photography is that photographs are a way of capturing memories.  Even when our mind has temporarily lost recollection of an event in our lives a photograph will bring it back to life and we can re-live special times with family and friends.  Those are the most important images to capture.  Yes, I take photos of cars, landscapes, autumn leaves, etc., but the most important images that I capture are those of my family and the times that we share.  The most important photographs that I own are some of those taken of my ancestors, long before I was born.  Those images connect me to people, some that I never met, who lived life in different times, but I am where I am because of some of their decisions.  Even if you have no real interest in photography, take the time to capture memories, print them and save them for your children, grandchildren and future generations that you will never meet this side of heaven.  Memories, they are precious.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014