The other Photographers Participating Are:
You can click on the names to link to their images for the project.
My Images are linked to the subjects below:
Week 1 - Utensils - SOOC/Processed
Week 2 - Footwear - SOOC/Processed
Week 4 - Porcelain - SOOC/Processed
Week 3/5 - LIghting/Night Sky fusion SOOC/Processed
Week 6 - Green - SOOC/Processed
Week 7 - Water - SOOC/Processed
Week 8 - Love - SOOC/Processed
Week 9 - TV - SOOC
Week 10 - Tire - SOOC
Week 11 - Auto - SOOC
Week 12/13 - Too "effing Busy/Wood - SOOC
Week 14 - Mirror - SOOC/Processed
Week 16 - Bloom - SOOC
Current Weeks - Bloom
Amidst the various Transitory ducks passing through spending a few days on the pond (You can see them HERE), we were visited by a little Mudhen with some sort of a wing injury. We initially found our beagle chasing it around a puddle in the front yard. We corralled the beagle then carefully herded the wounded bird back to the pond where it was a much happier camper. It stayed for about three weeks and then I am assuming got better and flew away. As I am out working in the orchard I had become accustomed to the noise it made. I miss that a bit. Only the raucous of our farms domestic ducks and geese remain.
To Effing Busy and Wood
So a couple weeks ago Doug was asked to provide subject matter for week 12 and given his circumstances he came up with "Too Effing Busy". A week later it was my chance and I chose "Wood".
I think we are all feeling the pinch of Doug's world. I have a month left in the university semester and my students are pulling me in a million directions. My research consulting has picked up with some new projects recently and then the Farm and Orchard is beckoning with a busy season to come.
I had figured out my version of wood before I even selected it. It would feature the apple orchard.
This year was an abnormally cold and snowy winter. Much of the pruning I might have done in January or February I could not do with 20+ inches of snow on the ground and too many days spent below 20 degrees to count. So now come late March/April it is all hitting at once. I have 100 apple trees to prune for the coming season, and had another 30 arrive and need planted. Torrential rains have made the ground unfit to dig and it seems that the good days to work have occurred when I am on campus teaching.
In other words...I am too effing busy.
So I decided to find an orchard Image that captured both the busy-ness of the season and the original topic of wood.
Yeah - I'm killing two birds with one image again...
So with no further ado..."Wood" & "Too Effing Busy"...
While Watcing TV, my Automobile blew a Tire
SO I fell behind again. by Quite a bit. I had grand plans for TV but that didn't pan out. An observation I had while efforting TV led to Chris calling out Tire to be the following week and then Bruce decided that tire meant Automobile. Or that is how I seem to remember it going.
Life has been busy yada yada so all these slipped by since the plan for TV went astray.
This week we have been away to central coastal California. Beautiful locale, both the coastline and the farms which seem so different than the farms we have in the Midwest. Alternating areas of rainforest supporting Redwoods to semi-arid hills that feature grassy knolls and beautiful spreading oak trees. I haven't taken nearly enough images but you can see select ones I have captured HERE. As I forgot to put Lightroom back on my laptop after it's recent meltdown, these images are nearly SOOC save what I can accomplish with Microsoft Picture Manager.
Yesterday we left the Monterey/Salinas area and headed into SF to visit one of my consulting clients for lunch. After lunch we wandered around SF. I have visited frequently while full time as a Marketing Scientist but I tended to stay in a pretty bounded area of the city. With Jenny along we explored some of the more touristy locales.
Up near Fisherman's Wharf is the Musee Mechanique which is a collection of coin operated arcade machines collected over the past 100 years. While walking through, looking at each we soon realized we were running out of change to get back to the BART station. the Machines fund their own exhibit. We came upon one near the entry way that featured two racing cars, driven by two spinner wheels. Put your coinage in and then two contestants spin away until one's car crosses the finish line first. Based on the cars in the machine, I would date the machine to the 20's or 30's. The I realized "Hey I could get one of my SOOC images today!"
The machine was near the entrance so I had some difficulty getting the exact shot I wanted without standing in everyone's way. There was a glare from the glass so I had to break out a polarizing filter. I wanted very low DOF so I used my fast 45mm (90mm eqv) prime lens.
When I reviewed the images I had captured later that night, for presentation I had to choose between the exact focus I was looking for vs the full composition I wanted. I chose to show the image with the better focus.
After leaving the Mussee I had an idea about tire that would be different than other contributors. We tend to think of tires as pertaining to automobiles, but boat people use tires as well, but when they use them, they used the worn out ones and use them as bumpers, retainers etc. SO as we walked around the wharf and marina I started to look for tires being aquatically used. Didn't take long. I liked the angles from the ropes using this tire as a mooring device. SO I give you:
Finally as we walked back to market street to catch the BART back out to the airport to where our car was parked, we took a diversion through China Town. When I had previously visited SF on business, my employer's office and my hotel was always just a few blocks from the Bush Street gate to China Town so many a evening was spent killing time wandering through the main stretch perusing all the souvenier (Junk) shops that line Grant street. It is a great place to find a sweatshirt that says "I Escapd fom Alcataz" at a deep discount.
On this trip along the way we passed a Tea shop that had a TV mounted just outside the door with a video playing that espounded the virtue of the teas inside. Of course the whole thing was in Chinese. I liked the cultural juxtaposition relative to the what we would regularly see on TV so it became my TV shot...
SO Eje had the great idea that since his week included Valentine's day the theme should be Love. Given David's addition, Love was slid back and of course I am a week late on the shot and the topic now makes no sense without context.
But anyway. Most the other guys took pictures of spouses or kids. I consulted with Jenny and she was ok not being the subject of the shot. Quite pleased to not be included actually. So in her place,
It took no time really. In our family room there is an original 5 panel door from when the house was built that leads to the heating closet. On the doorknob are reminders of some friends who are no longer with us.
About 18 years ago, my first wife and I decided to get a dog. She knew I wanted a Corgi, and heard about a breeder who had a mistake litter of Bassorgis. We went and I was smitten with one in particular. We chose his name to be Tater Tot, shortened to Tate and then became Mr Tot as he grew more distinguished in his advancing years. Only thing is the first wife wanted a dog that would make her feel safe while I travelled on business. Tate didn't quite fit the bill.
So six months later we got Sam from a rescue organization. Sam was a Chocolate Beaglador. We looked at his feet and was sure he would get large enough to provide the needed sense of security. Well - he had been starved by original owners to keep him under their apartment's weight limits and he never quite grew like we thought he would.
A few months later we got Daisy. A white and fawn husky mix. She had the size of a security fulfilling dog but never really the personality. Daisy was looking for a brave male lead and frankly Tater just wasn't it.
A few months later, we found Peanut. She was a likely mix of German Shepard and Collie that produced a dog that for all intensive purposes was a Belgian Malinois. She was a little small compared to Daisy, but she had a heart full of courage and the others followed her into the unknown with unflinching purpose. Mission accomplished. We had our security dog(s).
A few years down the line the first wife moved on but the dogs stayed. I am glad they did. When Jenny came along I wasn't sure how she would take to them, but she became their biggest fan.
Three years ago Peanut went missing after a storm blew open a gate. In the two weeks that she was gone the world wasn't right. It was a tough time. She was found 65 miles away at a farm that trained herding dogs. We figured she had always wanted to go to college and didn't want to put it off any further. In her travels there she navigated two interstate crossings, lost 15 pounds and wore her paws raw, but she was back.
We lost Daisy first, about 6 years ago. I still miss my big silly fluffball. The other three have passed over the past 18 months in succession - Tate, Sam and just this January Peanut. Aged 16.5 years, 16.5 year and 15.5 years. A Significant part of my life was shared these friends. Losing them was hard. I miss them.
We hung their collars, the original ones plus Tate's bonus "Jingle dog" and Peanut's bright red "I'm Not a Coyote - If I wander off to college again" collars on the door knob in the living room. They are always there with us. The young dogs (Millie and Bonnie) we got to fill the void when the time came that the first group was gone still wander up to the collars every so often and sniff them. I think they miss their friends as well.
Jenny and I sure do.
|Straight Out of Camera|
So David Baker recently joined the project and we let him pick the final subject in the first rotation through the list of participants. He got back to something very much in line with the original goal for subjects (Something Mundane) and he chose water.
Most of our cast of characters reached for macro extensions or synched strobes to their automated eyedrop dispensers etc to capture water in its detail.
I initially was stumped - didn't really want to do the sort of thing others were doing. I had thought about a Curt Fleenor-esque long exposure of waterfall. In this case the waterfall would be indoors coming out of a faucet and into a cup which was overflowing with bubbles thanks to the help of a smidge of dishwashing soln.
Who knows, May still try that at some point, but ultimate inspiration came from the weather forecast. This year was the snowiest winter since they began keeping records in Indiana. And we aren't through February yet. 54" so far and as of 5 days ago 20"+ was still on the ground. But then we had one of those middle of February warm spells capped off by a night of tornado warnings. Just Like the ones grandpa used to talk about. Yeahhh...
So I knew this meant I was going to have water en masse very soon. So I decided that would be the subject of my image. Behind our farm we have a stream, a tributary to the Little Blue River. From our property down to it is a 40' sheer drop, a cliff is an exaggeration. On the other side of the stream is a flat forest. I figured the forest would flood and I was correct.
Went out at noon, took a look and realized the sun was not in my favor. At three I went back out and got what I was hoping for, long shadows of trees across the water engulfed flood plain. I like the contrasting angles of the shadows and the submerged tree trunks. I show this in Monochrome as the woods and the river itself was a whole lot of bleak shades of brown. Figured the B&W treatment would make it look better. I did process the image but it didn't change much so it is not posted here.
SO I give to you - WATER.
Current Week - Green
So the time cam for me to choose a theme, and I decided to go with Green. I figured that could mean something literally green, something referencing a movement (like the REM album by the same name) or something that had a green feel to it. I recall a couple movies where the entire cinematography of a film was centered around a dominant color withinin or across every scene. For example - see the movie "Hero", yes it has Chinese subtitles, deal with it. It is the story of a story told three different ways, with each telling of the story, the dominant color is changed to differentiate the versions of the story. I think it to be a pretty cool movie.
Another reason I chose the theme was that in the images of another photographers participating in the project often times seemed to have a Red theme to his images and I was curious if he was aware of that and what would happen if he had to change from that.
So I was initially going to simply head to one of the conservatories that is within an hour or two from me and take some pictures of plant leaves or something to that effect (Like THIS or THIS) But then I realized I was taking advantage of an opportunity or resource that others in the project had no access to.
My next thought was to take some macro images of some of the seedlings growing in my office. I grow stuff in containers and take the veggies to a winter market. But I didn't like any of those images.
Chris posted first, and as it turned out he provided better inspiration. His image is linked above, but featured a Kabocha squash with some little green toy critters around it. BAM! I should take a portrait (or something) of the rubber Gumby I have had for years.
The first thing I needed was a back drop. I should have taken him to one of the conservatories. I pondered how to pose him and most of the options I came up with involved buying stuff and I didn't want to spend a fortune on a just for fun image. Jenny and I ended up at a craft shop today and I realized I could get some Green 'Stuff" that could later be repurposed for Jenny's stained glass work or for our farm's Jelly/Fruit Butter products.
SO I set up for the shoot and realized. Aw crap. Gumby isn't really all that green. He is more teal than anything. Perhaps he was greener 20 years ago but not so much now. So the Processed version of the image recolored Gumby to be a bit greener. Hope you are at least mildly amused....