Thursday, March 24, 2016

I haven't been using my 45mm (very wide angle) lens recently as I didn't have a red filter for it.  I used a less wide angle lens instead until two days ago when I finally got the 25A filter I've been wanting.  These two photographs were taken from the walkway on  a bridge on  Route A1A with that lens and filter.    (Film)

Sunday, March 20, 2016

I began this blog in 2008.  During the years since, it's been my favorite forum for sharing the photographs I make.  But, according to Google Analytics, there are very, very few daily visits. I also post to facebook.  Every photograph I send to that site is typically viewed twenty or more times, often with comments.  So, obviously, in terms of my 'graphs being seen,, it's a much more gratifying venue. So, facebook will be my principal forum for the likely future.  But, I will continue to post here from time to time.  My fb posts are always open to 'public', so if you're interested, join me there.

For the moment, though, I want to share a group of images from a site near my former NY home.  It's called 'Round Lake', and it is just that...a round lake with an island in the middle.  I made these over a period of years.  Most have already been shared here, but never in the way they would be on a a group. is series I made during my last decade in NY.  (All film)

Friday, March 11, 2016

To my great surprise, northeast, coastal Florida has almost no naturally occurring rocks.  The closest things to them are coquina, but they are not strictly stones...rather, they are aggregates of tiny limestone shells.  So, these photographs of the jetty at Vilano Beach employ imported boulders from who knows where.  (Film)

Thursday, March 10, 2016

A friend in New York once mentioned how lucky I was to have found some big, puffy clouds to include in a photograph I had made there.  The mountains, forests, reflective lakes, foggy mornings, and golden afternoons often made whatever was in the sky an afterthought.  But, in Florida, there's not as much else to embrace.  The skies are the great compensation!  When I look through my portfolio of Florida photographs, the majority of worthy ones rely on a dramatic sky. So, even though the clouds here are rather simple, they aligned themselves nicely for these two images.  (Film)

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Hoary, gnarled old coot
knows to slough his long dead leaves.
Impatient for spring.

(I am learning that, in Florida, certain trees hold their dead leaves during the winter, and drop them about now with new growth to follow quickly.)

Sunday, February 28, 2016

I am beginning to find order in the chaos of Florida's cypress swamps and near jungle-like vegetation.  It's a hugely different visual vocabulary from what I learned to 'see' in New York.  I've posted a number of photographs on this blog that I found away from the ocean and beaches which are so much easier to embrace.  This is one of them on the vast campus of the University of North Florida where I now teach as an adjunct...a way to still be of use in retirement.

Monday, February 22, 2016

The St. John's River is home to the Mayport Naval Base, and a huge and growing commercial port for container ships and other freighters.  But, it is also host to quite a few commercial fishing enterprises, particularly shrimpers.  I posted a photograph of this pier a while ago sans ship when the tide was in.  Obviously, the tire and other debris lodged in the mud indicate low tide for this photograph.  Some might feel the debris sullies the image, but I will disagree.  This is the reality of a working waterway that gets some pretty heavy use.  It isn't always pretty!  (Film)

Thursday, February 11, 2016

I developed a roll of film from a camera I've not used in weeks in favor of a much older one that uses a square format, and no battery.  I was surprised to find this there...I had no immediate recall of having taken it.  Of late, I've been attempting to add haiku to images that I think can benefit.  Doing so often explains some of the reason I took the picture in the first place.

                                                            In gathering dark
                                                            A brilliant halo of light
                                                            graces an islet. 

Monday, February 1, 2016

I love my state parks pass because it feels like every visit is free, and I can go as often as I like.  It's not free, of course, but if I go a lot it more than pays for itself.  Last week I went out with my camera to photograph in one place and ended up in another...Little Talbot SP.  These are two photographs from the far end of the beach.  Across the way is the U.S. Naval base at Mayport.  Sometimes warships clutter the view, but not on this day.  (Film)

Friday, January 29, 2016

These relics often serve as perches for the myriad of birds who congregate on their limbs.  On this day, they were elsewhere, but maybe next time I visit, they'll cooperate.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

A recent New York Times op-ed piece by David Brooks called When Beauty Strikes reminded me how often contemporary art discourages beauty as not gritty or significant enough to be a worthy ingredient.  It's true that it doesn't reflect the angst of the human condition, but does that matter?  Is it really the only mission of art to mirror of the woes of the zeitgeist?  For some, it surely is just that, but for me (and, thankfully, others) revealing an authentic response to what is beautiful is a higher calling. 

These several photographs were taken by the St. John's River one foggy morning recently.  It's rare for fog to last beyond the first hour or so of sunlight here, but on this morning it persisted much longer.  (Film)

Monday, January 4, 2016

Here's another from my drive on Route 21.  One drives for miles with nothing of interest to view other than endless pine forests raised for paper pulp, so it's nice to see something worth stopping for.  (Film)

Monday, December 28, 2015

I continue to try to find subjects that interest me away from the ocean and marshes. Yesterday, I took a long drive on the west side of the St. John's River (quite a bit away from it actually), and stopped for these. It's a challenge to find compositions I like in spite of the chaos, but that's the fun of it. (Film)

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Among the many things I miss about NY, is autumn color.  However, the little bit there is here presents itself as a much lighter value than its surround.  In the north, it would be less evident as the context is also a lighter value.  These photographs are from around the corner.  I was hoping for late afternoon sun that would illuminate the trees from the side, but no such luck...near total cloud cover.  But, I did enjoy the contrast the remaining leaves on these plants offered.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

        Temporary guests
.       not percolating through sand
        Tide pools take sun baths.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Trying to make something from not very much, it's interesting that, like a painter, manipulating tones can create something that wasn't there.  No, it's not Photoshop, but simple burning and dodging.  (Film)

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Another place I've not been to before...Ft. Mose State Park.  Like Kingsley Plantation, it is part of the African-American experience in Florida.  Here's an account from Ft. Mose Historical Society's website:  "Hidden away in the marshes of St. Augustine, Florida is one of the most important sites in American history: the first free community of ex-slaves, founded in 1738 and called Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose or Fort Mose (pronounced Moh-Say)."

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Back to the beach!  Anastasia SP in St. Augustine again.  This particular park, while not permitting access to sensitive dune areas, does allow a lot of wandering where there are clumps of sea oats, vines, and other flora I can't name.  The day was actually cold with a strong wind which forced the hood on the hoodie to be on and the zipper pulled up as far as it would go.  Odd, after a lifetime up north, to call a day in the low 50s 'cold', but that's the way it felt.  (Film)

Monday, November 16, 2015

Part of growing in photography is taking chances with subjects and compositions in ways that differ from one's usual approaches.  Including the sun here was risky both because it is at the top of the frame, and because it is such a focal point.  But, that is also what makes it a more interesting photograph, at least to me.  (Film)

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Not wanting to rely solely on the ocean and marsh views I've photographed a lot lately,  I drove very slowly on the roads that make a loop on Fort George Island where the Kingsley Plantation and Ribault Club are.  I was trying out a new-to-me lens replacing one that has focus problems - a loose element -  that was about the same price as a repair would have been.  The forest here, as I've often written, is more like a jungle, and nearly impenetrable visually.  Still,  I found enough to fill a roll of film.  Here are the several I liked well enough to scan and process.  (Film)

Saturday, November 7, 2015

This photograph was made from a roll of film I started shooting a week or so ago, and finished today.  It's from Little Talbot Island State Park.  As described in a previous post, the Navy's Blue Angels' F18s were tearing up the sky, their roar a thrill to experience though not visible from the beach due to altitude.  The contrast of warplanes heard with serene scenes viewed was dramatic!  (Film)

Friday, November 6, 2015

Now and then, a 'mistake' can be an asset.  'Lens flare' is an aberration to be avoided most of the time, but not always.  In this image, the flare serves as proxy for the much too intense sun which would have been overpowering.    (Film)

Saturday, October 31, 2015

I may have posted this a few years ago, I don't remember, and don't feel like scrolling back that far to check   I just rediscovered it among some files, and thought it pertinent to the series I seem to be accumulating about the ocean, marshes, and swamps in this area.  How trees end up this twisted and gnarly is a mystery to me.   (Film)

Thursday, October 29, 2015

The beach has become my Zen garden... a daily cycle of renewal that holds no memory of itself yesterday, nor any inkling of itself tomorrow.  Though these words were meant differently,  I think they also lend themselves to this theme  (Film)

  "...of course you are not finished
   how can you be finished
   when the morning begins again
   or the moon rises..."

An excerpt from the poem, to the book,  in, The Lego Poem by W. S. Merwin

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

There are a lot of these flooded cedar swamps around here.  Fortunately, this was by the side of the road and didn't require slogging into the water wearing snake boots.  This is one of the rare instances where I might have preferred a color image as the leaves were yellow and really stood out against the dark water.  But, this is what I got, and I like it well enough.   (Film)

Monday, October 26, 2015

On my way to the place I photographed in my previous post, I passed this scene.  I turned the car around and came back quickly....didn't want to lose the sun on the water.  (Film)