Swamp

Nikon D7500, Nikon 18.0-140.0mm @18mm, 1/80 sec., f/4.5, ISO 400

Yes, it has been a while since I posted and I am finally getting around to looking at some photographs I recently took. The one above is a pond/swamp in Fort Clinch State Park on Amelia Island in Florida. This was taken while we were hiking the Willow Pond Nature Trail. Although we didn’t see any alligators here, we did see one later as we got closer to the end. At first, it looked like a log, but looking closer, it was an alligator.

Marsh Lands

Nikon D7500, Nikon 18.0-140.0mm @56mm, 1/250 sec., f/10, ISO 200

Saw this group of trees in the Hunting Island State Park, SC a few weeks ago. Kept looking for a position where I could get a nice foreground leading to the trees and still capture the opening in the clouds. I wasn’t able to get the opening where I want it, but I liked the water that seems to lead you to trees. The image was taken in the evening and I was facing east.

A Tree

Nikon D7500, Nikon 16.0-80.0mm @32mm, 1/2000 sec., f/3.5, ISO 100

Took this while walking the dog at one of the local parks. There are numerous trees in this open space and I liked the way this one was lit on one side. It is still winter here and the grass has not yet turned green, but the trees in the background and the clouds in the sky add to the feeling on a cool winter day.

Cooperage, only in color

Ricoh Diacord G (Film), 1/200 sec., f/11.0, Kodak Portra 160, ISO 160

It’s been a while since I posted, a new year and already I’m off to a slow start. As previously mentioned in this blog I have a few film cameras and hope to take more photographs with them. The photograph above was taken with one of them. It is the first roll of color film that I have shot with this camera. The scene is of a building in the development where I live and I had previously photographed the same building in B&W film.

Path

Nikon D7500, 18-140mm @85mm, 1/125 sec., f/8.8, ISO 200

Sometimes it pays to go back and look at your photographs again. This is another photograph from my recent hike at the local watershed. When I took the photograph I was drawn to the bright yellow leaves and the contrast from the dark path to the bright opening. At first, I was not pleased with what I had gotten, but after looking at it a second time and making some adjustments I had second thoughts.

Local Watershed

Nikon D7500, 18-140mm @95mm, 1/400 sec., f/5.3, ISO 200

Got a chance to take a hike in one of our local watersheds this past week. I took our new dog with me to see how well he would behave and if I could actually take pictures with him along. He behaved well and looks like I have a new hiking partner. Too bad I couldn’t find much to photograph though. I did like this scene though. The group of trees in the center and the last remnants of fall clinging to the trees.

Park Scene

Nikon D7500, 100-400mm @100mm, 1/400 sec., f/5.6, ISO 250

Taken at a local park where I live. Initially I just passed on this photograph, but after looking at it some more I decided to see what I could do with it. So after some minor adjustments (exposure, crop, deletions), I came up with this. I like that the front of the photograph is in focus and that the rear is out of focus. I think the center plant moves you through the seen and the lack of focus in the back creates depth and curiosity about where the path leads. But I do find the tangle of branches in the lower right and the branches and leaves in the top right to be distractions.

Sandy

Nikon D7500, 18-140mm @90mm, 1/800 sec., f/7.1, ISO 400

So, started to review the photographs that I took while on vacation. I thought this one looked good, may have some others. It was taken at Jockey’s Ridge in NC on the Outer Banks. The original was in landscape format, but I cropped it to a 5×7 to focus on the center grass and show the different layers. While the dried plant was the subject, the dry sand pattern in front and the grass and sand behind it draw you though the photograph.