My philosophy in photography is telling a story with pictures. I hope to have accomplished that with most of my albums.This one might be the exception. I used simple household items to create fun images. Some were a technical challenge. Trying to use simple equipment, like natural light or a regular kitchen flashlight as the only source of light to photograph an object in a dark room, took many trials and errors. Practice makes a master!
Stay tuned, I'll be adding more images as time goes.
I am not a bird photographer and don't have very sophisticated lenses. Some of the images are not that sharp. There were a lot of movements in the nest, especially when they saw the mother arriving and feeding.
Just to clarify how close I was to shoot these images, not to disturb the birds at any time, I kept a good distance with a zoom lens and cable release, so I could hide. The birds were never aware of my presence.
Many takes, many moods ... one spot!
I've been going to this same spot... down the street from our house... for years to capture the many different weather patterns in every season.
Occasional, seeing the same people there, I assume they also enjoy the beauty of this ever - changing image and appreciate the quiet, peaceful break in a busy day.
Photographing flowers through a rain drop, proves to be a very difficult technique. I'll try learning and hopefully improving over the summer. The tiny drops measure only a few mm and require a very steady hand holding the camera.
I'll be adding more images to this album, as the summer progresses.
Prarrayer has been Matthew and Veera's home town since last Christmas 2011. With the help of Nick, a young man from Beaconsfield, Matthew was able to convert a few hundred years old barn into their home. Leaving the outside look in takt, was one of the small town's request.
Prarrayer is a beautiful village, also at the foot of Verbier, five minutes from his brother.
Jason was the first one with the idea to have an old barn converted.
With his father's two left hands, our two sons never touched a hammer growing up.
Jason had great inputs, building his home. It is never too late to discover hidden talents!
George and I are still speechless, when we watched our sons with these incredible building abilities...their best kept secrets.
Le Cotterg is a small town at the foot of Verbier, a well known ski resort.
This project has been quite educational. It is astonishing how many wild flowers I could find right here, in my town. I started photographing at the end of April in Angell Woods and then I moved over to Fresh Meadows. As the summer progressed, new discoveries were made every few days. Most of these flowers are considered weeds and are completely ignored. Many are truly beautiful.I have a new appreciation for the biodiversity at our doorstep.
Equipped with my camera, the walk to the field became routine...until they cut the grass. With shock and disbelief, I had to find another field - not an easy task in the city of Beaconsfield. With luck, I found a hidden field bordering Angell Woods. It was a completely untouched piece of Nature. The varieties of flowers were endless.
Finding the names of each plant was a challenge. While some flowers may look virtually identical, they are found on plants which are quiet different. We must enjoy such bounty while we can.
Chihuly was born in Tacoma, Washington, where he graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School. He enrolled at the College of the Puget Sound in 1959. A year later, he transferred to the University of Washington in Seattle, where in 1965 he received a bachelor of arts degree in interior design
In the year 1967, he received a Master of Science in sculpture from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he studied under Harvey Littleton. In 1968, he studied glass in Venice on a Fulbright Fellowship and received a Master of Fine Arts at the Rhode Island School of Design.
In 1976, while Chihuly was in England, he was involved in a head-on car accident during which he flew through the windshield. His face was severely cut by glass and he was blinded in his left eye. After recovering, he continued to blow glass until he dislocated his right shoulder in a 1979 bodysurfing accident. No longer able to hold the glass blowing pipe, he hired others to do the work. Chihuly explained the change in a 2006 interview, saying "Once I stepped back, I liked the view" and pointing out that it allowed him to see the work from more perspectives and enabled him to anticipate problems faster. Chihuly describes his role as "more choreographer than dancer, more supervisor than participant, more director than actor.