Thursday, October 19, 2017

Here are three more from my trip home.  These were in New York and North Carolina.  (Film, and #15 deep yellow filter)










A visit 'home' to Orange County, NY coincidentally occurred during high autumn color at higher elevations. These two images typify that color as expressed by contrast in tonal values.  (film with #15 deep yellow filter)





Saturday, September 23, 2017

As often as I return to locations I really like, I'm surprised that I still manage to see new things there.  I've photographed at Pumpkin Point a lot at low tide and high.  Today the water wasn't that interesting, and the sky resisted being dramatic, but I still liked at least these two subjects.  (MF film)





Wednesday, September 6, 2017

I walk about 2+ miles on the beach at least four days a week.  It's easiest at low (or at least lower) tide when there's more soft sand available.  All summer, I had to make my way through legions of sun worshipers lying on the sand working on their melanomas, or bobbing about in the surf.  Then, to my surprise, school started in the third week of August and there were a lot fewer people.  Finally, Labor Day arrived...the unofficial end of the summer for a lot of people... and the beach was nearly deserted even in the middle of the day.  These two photographs chronicle the relative solitude I've been able to enjoy since Tuesday morning, September 5th!  (MF Film, deep yellow filter)




Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Here are three more from my trip to Banks Lake.  I think it makes more sense to call it Lilypad Pond!
(MF Film, #15 deep yellow filter)







It's inevitable that sooner or later one wants to expand photographic sites and include new subjects.  So it was with me when I heard from a friend about Banks Lake National Wildlife Sanctuary.  It's a mother lode of cypress trees, Spanish moss, and water.  It was a long schlep to reach the place in Georgia (made longer by my having gotten lost), but it turned out to be very worthwhile.  Here are two images from that trip.  (MF Film, #15 deep yellow filter)





Tuesday, August 8, 2017

I think I've been to most of the accessible photo sites in this immediate areas that I know about at least once.  Still, there are paths and approaches that I'm discovering now for the first time. This photograph was taken along one of them.  It is nearly overgrown, and on the morning I walked there, it was really hot, humid and buggy.  When I came to the clearing where I put the camera for this photograph there was a light but very welcome breeze and I was happy to linger a little while.
(MF film, 105mm, #15 deep yellow filter)


Friday, July 28, 2017

Though I live in Florida...the South...I will always consider myself a Yankee.  Slavery is just not a heritage anyone other than the most abominable racist would celebrate.  Industries of all kinds were manned by slaves and I can never seem to forget that.  The photographs below were made at the Bulow Plantation Ruins State Park. The building pictured was where sugar cane was processed and refined into molasses and granular sugar.  It was destroyed in 1836 by rebelling Seminoles and never rebuilt.  (MF Film, Deep Yellow #15 filter, 55mm lens)










Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The geological history of Florida is the story of the erosion and replenishment of shifting sand as the state is really just a huge, ancient sand bar.  An inevitable part of that erosion and shift is the demise of trees, some quite old, that probably intended to live much longer than they did. So the trees you find lying on the sand lived quite nearby and met their end locally.  Here is a photograph of rather young trees that will topple on the beach relatively soon.  (P67, 135mm lens, Delta 100 film)





Monday, July 3, 2017

It's a really good thing to discover a 'new' place to make photographs even when that place is part of a familiar site.  This image was made at Big Talbot Island SP after a really long walk with my gear in a rather heavy backpack.  It amused me that two girls were taking scores of pictures of each other with their phones.  I admit that I'm a dinosaur!  (Film...NOT a phone!)



Thursday, June 22, 2017

A long time ago in a workshop, I learned that there's rarely only one view of any subject that's worth a photograph.  The subject of this image appears in my last post and a few other times in the past.  I think there may be more to come as well, but it'll be a while until I return here.   (MF Film)



Sunday, June 18, 2017

Making photographs in the same limited area becomes a challenge after a few years.  Working through that challenge is a matter of discovering the sometimes subtle differences that arise from weather, seasons, time of day, or other nuance.  The scenes are the same, but the details change.  (MF Film)





Thursday, June 15, 2017

Here's one more from my trip in March discussed below.  I'm not sure it's obvious that the small white details in and on the tree were early blooms, but that's what they were.  At minimum, they offer a sense of texture.   (Film)


Monday, June 12, 2017

I keep coming back to some of the photographs I made during my return trip from New York and DC to Jacksonville.  I don't know why I overlooked this one, but I now like it well enough to post.  The winter views without leaves are the most revealing, and I was lucky to be making my trip during that period. (MF Film)



Sunday, June 11, 2017

When there's nothing obvious to photograph, it's a good idea to take a look at what's much less obvious.  Sometimes that easily overlooked scene can be very beautiful.   (MF Film)




Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Generally, I tend to select no more than one or two negatives from a developed roll of film to scan or print. And that can be way too generous sometimes!  (I can't imagine what I'd do if I used a digital camera...so many more images to sort through with about the same number of keepers!)  So, here's an image I've decided was worth a second look after having skipped over it the first time through.  It's again a scene from the Kingsley Plantation on the Fort George River.  (MF Film)



Thursday, May 25, 2017

Despite being the "Sunshine State", storm clouds and rain show up for at least a part of many days. (Fillm)
 


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

How minimal is a minimalist photograph?  The second of these two images is about as minimal a subject as I will entertain.  It's the kind of scene that rests the eyes rather than engaging the mind in the way the first one might.  They were both made at the same location within a few minutes of each other.  (Medium format film with #15 deep yellow filter)


  


 


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

I've been to and made photographs of things that interest me that are not too far from home.  In order not to be repetitive, I try to approach them at different times of day, in different light, weather, and season.  This photograph is from Marineland beach where one could easily make scores of images that would not be repetitious of each other.  (MF film)


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

It's really, really difficult to get up enough before dawn to travel 30 miles and be set up to photographs the sunrise.  I didn't quite make it last week, but I was close.  (MF Film)




Monday, March 27, 2017

At the end of my journey back from NYC, I couldn't help but visit Jekyll Island again.  I've found good subjects there before, and this time was not different.   (MF film, #15 deep yellow filter)









Sunday, March 26, 2017

For eight days toward the end of March, I made a road trip 'home' to NY to visit family and friends and then drove south stopping in DC to visit more family.  Leaving there, I decided to get as far away from I95 as was practical and drive through the Shenandoah and Blue Ridge mountains to get back to Jacksonville. It's a very beautiful road, and very scenic though not particularly conducive to making monochrome photographs in this season.  Nonetheless, here are four I think 'work'.  (Film and #15 filter)











Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A small part of the "Treaty Oak"... when "fake news" did some good! The tree is estimated to be about 250 years old.  ((Film)

"The name's origin is generally believed to be related to some local apocryphal stories about peace accords between Native Americans and Spanish or American settlers signed under its branches. In reality, the name was created by the Florida Times-Union journalist Pat Moran who, in an attempt to rescue it from destruction by developers, wrote an article in the early 1930s claiming a treaty had been signed at the site by native Floridians and early settlers and called it Treaty Oak.[4] Prior to that, the tree was known simply as Giant Oak." Wikipedia


Sunday, March 5, 2017

To my great surprise I found a new part of a favorite site where I've already made quite a few photographs.  These two are from that place with a third view yet to be photographed well.  (Film with a #15 deep yellow filter)







Monday, February 27, 2017

Seeking some Florida subjects away from the ocean or salt marshes, I drove inland to Hastings.  It is a small, once prosperous town the principal farm crop of which is potatoes.  Here are a couple images I liked in the area surrounding the town.  (Film, 25A red filter)




Saturday, February 18, 2017

The tabby slave cabins of Kingsley Plantation have drawn me back again this year.  It's still difficult to reconcile the internal conflict I have about photographing the cabin ruins as abstract designs when they are also the one-time homes of enslaved people.  Here are three images that do nothing to resolve the problem, but make photographs I like nonetheless.  (Film)







Sunday, February 12, 2017

Across the road from the YMCA gym I go to is a park  path beside a small man-made lake.  Lakes like this are common here as water retention projects complete with aerators.  I've made a number of photographs of the place and made these two new ones a couple days ago.   (Film)