October 15, 2020

     It's a stone chapel in a brick world, built long after Jefferson died.  Regular services ended years ago. But it has a place.  People book it for weddings and funerals.  The bells toll at five pm.  The late afternoon sun glows on the stone work.  It's always a challenge to see if you can capture the mood of the season with a different lens, or a different time of day.  Here are some photos fr...

October 1, 2020

     It's not Sports Illustrated, but you can make photos at a college basketball game. The world being what it is, spectators have to pass through scanners and put all their belongings in a plastic bag just to get into a game, so you can't go in with a camera bag and lenses.  In fact, you can't go in with anything that even looks like a telephoto lens.  So you're stuck with either a prime lens or...

September 15, 2020

     The students are back. Summer is over. The nights are cool again, and the days are shorter.  It's a changed atmosphere.  In this post,  we snap from the summer gardens to a presage of winter.  It doesn't snow much in Charlottesville, but once or twice a year we get enough to cover the ground.  This is what it can look like on a clear winter day.  These photos are from Janu...

September 1, 2020

     It's now September, and whatever was growing in the gardens at the local park is now past its harvest date.  It doesn't look like much was grown or harvested.  Someone let the sunflowers grow.  That's about all that you can recognize.  Some of the gardens are brown and wasted.  Others are overgrown, and the gates are closed.  There are a few flowers inside, but not much else....

August 15, 2020

     In addition to red, there is a lot of blue in the gardens at the local park. Most of it is the same as the red -- fence posts, old material, plastic liners, plastic barrels, bird houses, plastic containers, to name a few things.  Here then is the blue stuff.

Gear Photos were made with a Nikon D750 and a Nikon 50 mm f/1.8 D.

August 1, 2020

     The gardens at the local park have a lot of red stuff in them -- fence posts, old material, plastic liners,  plastic barrels, bird houses, wheelbarrows, plastic containers, water hoses, and berries, to name a few things.  Here are some more photos of the red stuff.

Gear Photos were made with a Nikon D750 and a Zeiss Milvus 35 mm f/2.0.

July 15, 2020

     The gardens at the local park have a lot of red stuff in them.  Mostly, you perceive green as you walk through the gardens, but the red stuff is there, piled in corners or strung up on fences or hanging from posts.  The red stuff stands out. Some of it is translucent, and some of it is faded, and some of it is rusted, and some of it is freshly painted, but all of it is in contr...

July 1, 2020

     Spring has turned to summer and the gardens at the local park have turned green and begun to flower.  There is produce on the vine.  The corn is standing high, and the tomatoes are climbing their stakes. Some new fencing has gone up.  The gardeners are out more frequently.    Admirers walk the paths in the afternoon.

Gear Photos were made with a Nikon D750 an...

June 15, 2020

     There are lots of ways to make panoramas.  You can scan your smart phone across a scene and let your phone do the rest.  Or you can put your DSLR on a tripod and scan across a scene and stitch the photos in software. Or, you can rent a tilt shift lens, put it on a tripod, shift it left, center, and right, and stitch the photos in software.  Better yet, you can bracket your expo...

June 1, 2020

     There are public gardens next to the local city park.  People pay the city to rent 30' x 30' patches of earth to grow something.  Some use their gardens as a retreat. They build a shelter and sit by their gardens in the evening.  The great anti-social quarantine slowed Spring planting this year, but some of the plots have been plowed neatly and planted nevertheless....

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