Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Nature: The Opossum

There are butterflies and bunnies in the backyard but they aren't as adventurous as the opossum that I found dangling from my porch light.  The photographer side of me had to grab the camera and get some images of this little daredevil.  

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Historic Sights: Fort Adams

While I was taking in the music at the Newport folk and jazz festivals, I decided to spend a little time exploring the fort itself.  The festivals take place at Fort Adams State Park and the structure screams to be photographed so, that's what I did.

I'm not completely positive but I think the clothespins were left over from the folk festival when a photographer used the room and had some images, probably Polaroid's they had just taken, displayed.

I tried to capture the connected rooms in a sort of infinity way visually.  I think I would have achieved my goal had I used a wider angle lens.  While I like the images, they're just not quite what I saw in my head when I took them.  

At first, I thought this was another image that would have benefited from a wider angle lens ... I would have gotten the whole medallion in the image.  But, I find that I like the portion that was captured and now I'm glad I didn't have a wider angle lens handy.  

I went up to the roof of the fort to get some images and as I was coming down, I became fascinated with the stairs.  They're precarious to walk up and down but there was something about them that I just liked.  I'm afraid of heights so with one hand I'm doing a death grip on the handrail and with the other, I'm snapping the stairs as I'm inching down slower than a snail.  Once I made my way to the bottom, I looked to the left and noticed a gated in bit of the fort that in three years I've never noticed.  Yeah, I know, not very observant  for a photographer!  Anyway, the wall caught my eye and I wanted to get a shot through the bars.  I'm happy to say it, as well as the stair photo, turned out exactly as I saw them in my head.

This is the flag that flies over the fort.  This is one of those photos that I did something that I didn't notice until I started processing my photos.  I took the photo from the back of the flag.  I'm not an overly patriotic person but having the flag appearing to fly backwards bothered me.  So, thanks to my editing software, with the click of a button, I sorted out my photo.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Nature: The Butterfly

A billion butterflies have taken up residence in the aptly named butterfly bush outside my window.  Okay, a billion is exaggerating but, there are a lot of them.  You would think with so many of them flitting about and in general just lounging around on the bush, I would be able to get a decent photo of one.  Well, apparently, my butterflies are anti-posing, anti-camera and outright anti-social.  I spent a fair amount of time outside in various locations and positions, snapping dozens of photos trying to capture a decent image of one. This is the disappointing result of my butterfly stalking.

Monday, August 20, 2012

My Favorite Images: Avishai & Anat Cohen

My camera and I were hanging out at the Newport Jazz Festival taking in the sights and sounds.  The festival takes place at Fort Adams State Park and, one of my favorite places to photograph from is the windows of the fort right behind the main stage.  I was looking out the window and noticed Avishai Cohen and sister Anat Cohen who had stepped back while brother Yuval Cohen and their band jammed.  Anat was snapping her fingers and swaying her head to the music while Avishai was temporally stoic.  I think it's a cute image and a snapshot that has landed on my list of favorite images.


Sunday, August 19, 2012

My Favorite Images: Charles Bradley

I love when entertainers put on a show.  I love hearing good music but when there is performance to go along with it, it often takes things to another level.  For those who have seen Charles Bradley live then you know that he puts on a show.  He poses, he bird flaps, he throws himself on his knees and he makes costume changes.  If you haven't seen him live, then you should.  Bradley makes for good photos and I knew I wanted my images of him to be in black & white.  I felt that black & white would add to the dramatic nature I was trying to capture.

Performing at the 2012 Newport Folk Festival

Performing at the 2012 Newport Folk Festival