Saturday, April 22, 2017

Week 16 - 2017 in Photographs

Day 106

For those becoming tired of trees this week is all about doors and windows and openings. I love old windows and doors, and old architectural elements like arches and cornices. At one time I wanted to be an architect but the University of New Mexico was not allowing women into that degree path. So I settled on Fine Art with an emphasis on architecture, especially historic architecture as found in art history courses.

Most of this week's photographs are from the old town area of Raton, New Mexico. It is undergoing a revival spurred by some government grants available to keep the centers of our old town vital.

Day 107

The archway below is a new addition to this historic area. The park framed in this arch was the site from a Fred Harvey hotel which fell to the bulldozer in an era where we did not prize our history as much. It was in the same architectural style as the train station featured in Day 111.

Day 108

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Day 111

Day 112 is from Arroyo Seco which will have its doors featured next week.
It is leaning against an old log wall. On the Taos side of the mountain history is for sale ins pieces you can add to your fake adobe to look historic. Buyer beware because some Indonesian countries have become very good at faking old doors. The one below, however, is probably real because it is missing a piece. And the photograph is real.

Day 112

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Week 15 - 2017 in Photographs

Day 99

Snow has the ability to be able to transform any landscape. And, in my humble opinion, for the better. There is nothing like a spring snow to revive my interest in getting out with my camera and making first tracks. Spring snows are real gifts for forests because they are wet snows and add to the moisture level. 

Day 100
 Spring snows have melted ponds and water fowl pairing up for the summer.

Day 101

And they are gifts for photographers because they stick to limbs and trunks.

Day 102

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Yes, I love spring snows. That said I am in the mood for spring rains.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Week 14 - 2017 in Photographs

Day 92
The view from my front door
 I basically photograph the land in which I live. My photography treks are within my state or the Colorado Plateau/Four Corners area. This week is all about here. All photos taken from my front door or studio deck or within five miles of my studio/home. Yes, I live in paradise.

Day 93
The mountain in the middle

No worry about getting bored because the scenery changes with time of day, weather, light, bird migrations, and animal movements. familiarity gives me the best opportunities to capture the best image.

Day 94
Stellar Jay
 I have to go up into the trees to find Stellar Jays. I live in a meadow which gets the Mountain Blue Bird and the Red Wing Black Bird and other meadow dwellers.

But meadow living allows vistas of the clouds, dawns and sunsets.

Day 95
Lenticular Cloud on the mountain down the road

Day 96
Strutting wild Tom Turkey

Turkeys are another forest denizen. I rarely see them in my meadows. But the forest is just a few short miles. And the trees below are less than a mile. I have captured turkeys walking through this grove in previous years.

Day 97
More of my focus on trees

And Day 98 is familiar subject of mine. Like my sentinel tree in first picture it calls me to record its life through all the seasons.

Day 98
Ancient Ponderosa Pine

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The Memory of Trees

The Memory of Trees #1

I have been taking pictures of trees lately. Most of these in this blog you have probably seen in my weekly 365 Days of Photography posts. These four I selected to have printed so I could enter them in the Ralph Solano Annual Exhibit at the Old Pass Gallery. They represent a departure for me because I am not the black and white photographer in the family. I am all about color.

The Memory of Trees #4

 And I have never before named a group of paintings or photographs with numbers. And it is possible I have the numbers in the series wrong. I submitted them to the show yesterday and was sure I kept a copy of the entry form but alas no.

There is supposedly a set of rules on photographing trees. Well, more like guidelines than rules. My current favorite guideline is never include the top and the bottom of a tree in a photograph. I was usually trying to frame both so this made life easier. I found myself liking the results so you will notice none of these pictures show both. #1 is the only photograph of the top of trees. I find I really like the bottoms best.

The Memory of Trees #2

Guideline number two about photographing trees is you don't need the ground. It is the least interesting part of the photograph. Only #1 follows that rule. I would argue the shadows of trees across snow are very interesting.

So why not crop the bottom of #2? It is just snow without shadows of trees. Believe me I toyed with that. But the white space accents the texture of the trees. So basically I have rejected that guideline. Especially in #3 which is almost half ground (snow) but it is still a photograph of trees.

The Memory of Trees #3
I debated printing #3 because I had tracked up the newly fallen snow before looking behind me. The sense of morning light through the forest begged to be recorded. I would argue that any photograph of trees is really a photograph of the interplay between light and trees. And black and white post processing shows that off the best. After all we know they are green.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Week 13 - 2017 in Photographs

Day 90
 A hodgepodge of photos this week. It was that sort of week. My focus was definitely elsewhere. There was the studio to clean, and a statement to draft for my appearance before the village council, and coordinating with others on that.

I remembered to snap a photograph when I could. Most taken while going to or from a meeting. And if you think my photography is scatter brained this week you see my efforts at painting.

Day 91
 Thankfully my best model was willing to strike a pose. He was my most satisfying photograph this week.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Week 12 - 2017 in Photographs

Day 78

I begun this week with color. First, another spectacular dawn from the studio deck. And then on to the flowers blooming in the warmth of my passive solar studio. First, the Crown of Thorns, my oldest of three, which blooms constantly. And then on to two of my orchids.

Day 79

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Day 81

I have been busy stretching canvas prints and matting and framing black and white prints. So thankfully there were things to photograph close to home. And in a moment or two stolen while on the computer playing around with black and white treatments of a colorful subject.

Day 82

Day 83
I believe the photograph above is of a propane fired lantern? I love its shape but any input on what it is would be appreciated.

Day 84
And on Friday winter returned.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Week 11 - 2017 in Photographs

Day 71
First let me apologize. I am not always the most creative as this week has shown. My first excuse is I was busy culling and having printed nine photographs for various exhibits. And two: It was spring break. Too many people. Everywhere. Three of this week's photos were taken from my deck, one from a trip up the mountain to my printer, two from a trip to the thrift store in Eagle Nest, and one from the week before.

It was a good thing there were sunrises. 

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Week Ten - 2017 in Photographs

Day 64

As I believe I said in Week Nine's blog I am into trees. In fact I had printed several tree photographs recently. Some on canvas which will be stretched and some on paper to be matted and framed. Five of the latter will be entered into a photographic competition under the Digital Medium - Realism category. That is a bit of a change up for me. I more often enter in the Altered or Enhanced division. The five will be In the Memory of Trees 1 thru 5. With Day 64 and Day 67 two of those five. All are in black and white. Also very unusual for me. But trees in winter just seem to belong in black and white.

Day 65

Not in black and white and not really trees but bushes. I loved the almost liquid quality of the shadows over the snow in this photograph. Debated printing it on canvas but too many photographs and too little money just now. After two years my attached apartment is going to be up for rent again and there are some things I want to do in the line of improvements in it. Time and money as Dad always said.

Day 66

I think Day 66 would make a great shower curtain for a bachelor apartment. Won't fit into my color scheme.

Day 67

Day 68

And I suppose old fences are about trees. Their sacrifice to fence a pasture in the days before metal posts. Day 69 in a tree in the middle of the pasture beyond this fence. It and the tree in Day 70. Both are dead but remain standing. Monuments to the trees which once grew from the stumps.

Day 70

Day 70