Hello all. Yes, it’s been awhile. Long story.
But this weekend we got to the Skagit Valley to see more tulips than you can imagine. Just beautiful. Here’s the first image.
And here are a couple from a bug’s eye view.
You know how it goes. There are some images that you try and try for. On my last trip to Kauai I finally got two of those. The first is of a net fisherman at dawn. All conditions were right. He was there. I was there. The light was there. And I had the right lens.
The second was of an old abandoned sugar mill with a rising full moon. The only problem was that it was threatening to rain. Still we persevered. And as luck would have it the moon rose under the cloud cover which created an interesting and ominous sky.
When I started to process both images I realized that there was very little color in either. In any case what color there was seemed more a distraction to the image. So I decided to process them both in black and white. Here they are:
On a recent trip to the Methow Valley in the Cascades I snapped a photo at sunset with my iPhone. Here it is:
Later when I was reviewing images I took with my Olympus I was surprised to find this image, taken at the same time.
The second image was obviously taken with a longer lens but was taken from the same place only a few minutes later than the first. Very different interpretations of the same scene.
Years ago, back in the film days, I usually shot in black and white. With digital I tend to stick with color. Mostly that’s because I love the color itself. But I still like the look of a good black and white image. Yesterday I was going through some images I shot over the summer and found one that I think looks much better in black and white than it does in color. It’s probably the lines, the light, the drama of the sky. Somehow it just seemed to work better in black and white. Here it is.
Manchester is an old post-industrial city that reminds me a bit of Cleveland. Beautiful legacy buildings from its glory years mixed with sparkling new architecture to house the new media moguls. Waves of history are present in the architecture.
This is my favorite from this group. I love the single person in the majesty of the historic library.
Here are a few others. Some old, some new, some old and new together.
Of all the beautiful birds on Kauai my favorite is the Shama, also known as the white-rumped Shama. Originally from Asia this distinctive bird was introduced to Kauai from Malaysia in 1931. It was a caged bird, prized for its fabulous song but in Kauai enough escaped into the wild that it was able to establish itself where it lived in forests.
A few years ago we saw one near our condo for the first time. Typically we would hear it before we saw it. The song is really distinctive and almost magical. But it’s a shy bird and avoids people. On this trip I heard its song several times but never saw it until today.
This morning before dawn I heard it again, looked up and there it was in a tree, with the full moon in the background. It is an elegant bird with a long tail, russet belly, and white feathers on its rump. Sometimes you only see the white when the birds are in flight but with this one you could see the white feathers as it sat singing in the tree.
I don’t know a lot about birds and I’m not a very good wild life photographer but I love that I was able to get this picture.
Sugar production was once an economic driver for the Hawaiian Islands. On Kauai the old Koloa sugar mill still stands as a monument to times past. At other times I have photographed it surrounded by fields of yellow flowers but this time I wanted to capture a different mood, maybe the death of the sugar industry itself on Kauai.
Coco Palms Resort, scene of Elvis Presley’s Blue Hawaii, was once the premier resort on Kauai. In 1992 hurricane Iniki devastated it and it has never been rebuilt. On Christmas Day we decided to have a visit but the hotel itself is fenced off and was only visible from the road. Difficult to get good images. But the resort sits on a coconut grove that was planted in 1896 and still survives, although it is in pretty rough shape. Wanted to make these images look more like a painting that a photograph so took some liberties – with exposure and processing. Here are the results.