Everyone who welcomes the new year lives in the anticipation of something brighter, better, worthwhile. Indeed, with everything that has happened over the past 12 months everyone is looking forward to something better and more upbeat with the new year.. Although this photograph’s title says something otherwise, it also depicts that that brighter times are still yet to come and just ahead.
I have wanted to put this photograph up for quite some time now and it was shot over the Christmas Season during the Lights on the Lake show which is held at the Onondaga Lake annually. In the same way that it depicts a bright pathway ahead, I wish everyone a bright New Year. Happy New Year!!
Last week, I wrote of thedilapidated shed in the field of the Finger Lakes region.The Finger Lakes region right now is under a lot of debate as there is discussion to make the site an are for hydrofacking in Central New York.This may mean that the beautiful fields and amazing sunsets that was depicted in the previous photo may one day be replaced by heavy industrializaion as the quest fo energy continues in the US.
However, in Canastota, the residents have taken a different approach to energy genreation. The have chosen to share their corn fields with massive wind driven turbine generators. In this photo I have chosen to experiment a bit with the Ansel Adams style of photo enhancements with rich black skies which contrast with clouds with varying levels of gray depicting deptth and density. This was just an experiment but I think it was well executed for this test.
Having completed a visit a to the New York Hope Mills, my companion photographers and myself decided to make our way back through the Finger Lakes Region to Syracuse. On travelling through the twisty roads that cut through the farm lands, we started noticing the sun setting. We paused at various points along the trip to take shots. The one to the left is at one stop we made near a field which had an old, small shed at its center..
Certainly, the photograph does not depict the greatest sunset shot in the world. But, I think the colors and the scene evoke the mood at the time – easy-going, rural, tranquil. That is the Finger Lakes region of New York for you; Its gentle rolling hills and vast farm lands puts you in that kind of mood.
Here is another image from what I think may become a series which I refer to as the Uncivil War. Pictured here is a portrait of one of the women dressed in the attire of what would have been a southern belle on the confederate side of the Civil War. And, being true to the nature of the women of that era, she had the accent and the attitude of one.
Unlike most of the reenactors at this event, she seemed to have more energy than anyone else. Personally, I wish I had more time to study her as I think she would have yielded numerous great photographs.
Some years ago, I created an image of a wilting rose which had lost it petals. It was not a particularly engaging photograph but it was not a bad one either. It just felt like it lacked something interesting about it. Over the course of this summer, I decided to revisit the subject matter in an attempt to create an interesting photograph which captured the essence of the fragility of a flower’s beauty.
I present this here with two similar flowers juxtaposed against each other but at different stages of development. On the left we have one flower which has blossomed and on the right, one which is on its last petal. Although the second flower has already blossomed and is on its decline, to me it demonstrates its own beauty through strength as it clings to its last surviving petal as if to say, I am not past my prime yet.
As one friend told me, this is a perfect example of a slice of life photograph. I am not sure if, during the Civil War, whether any of the persons who were involved in the war had the opportunity to sleep so comfortably on the battlefield. But, it certainly romanticizes the moment and the era. Don’t you wish guard duty was so simple ?
Feeling rather chilly this morning, 53 F at what is supposed to be just the beginning of Fall, I began thinking of the last winter which ran through the North East of the country and set record lows and snowfall depths – 8″ there, 12″ in other places. It was certainly one of the roughest winters I have experienced in Syracuse thus far. On two occasions, I had been trapped in my driveway because of the incessant snow and delayed city plows. Yes, I was miserable because of it.
Yet, because of the incessant snowfall, when I did get out, I saw some rather amazing sights. One of those sights happens to have been the Green Lakes out in Fayetteville, NY completely covered in a blanket of snow. This is one of the deepest pair of lakes in this region which were carved out from melting glaciers from the last ice age. But, under this tremendous snowfall, it seemed transformed into something that seem to pop out straight from a fairytale or some story book.
Although, I am not looking forward to the cold again, I am certainly looking forward to taking more photographs like this if the opportunity presents itself this winter. If I collect sufficient, I will see about starting a new portfolio focused on the beauty of winter.
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America’s Civil War pitted the Confederate Army from most southern states against the Federal Army from the nothern states. Besides being a war of ideology and interpretation of the Constitution it also placed families, friends and allies against each other – a social upheaval. That is just a synopsis, and as much as I could turn the entire post into a history lesson, that is not my intention.
I wanted to share an image I took at a Civil War Re-enactment held at Jamesville Beach over the course of the summer. A rag-tag group of Confederate soldiers had assembled for a briefing prior to going of to “war”. I caught this scene, “Boots of Valor”, while they were all assembled, receiving their instructions with the riffle boots all aligned. There was one officer who stood out as he was the only one standing at attention receiving orders. His attentiveness was also apparent in his posture. Can you guess which boots are his?
Anyway, I present to you “Boots of Valor”. Feel free to comment.
The last time I caught three flowers clustered together it was a shot I took in a friends garden. I ended up naming the photograph “Blossom in Three” under my Garden Gems collection.
Here, I was visiting Thornton Park’s Rose Garden in down town Syracuse after a morning rainfall. There was a sort of, as the French would put it,”je ne sais quoi” that drew me to the scene. It was almost spiritual in a way to see the flowers bathed with a soft light and water droplets – like they were being refreshed and rejuvenated. I guess that is what prompted me to refer to it as “Trinity”. I had been fighting with the idea as to whether to display it as either color or black and white. Looking at the result, I think I am glad I stuck to black and white.
This is one I definitely plan to add to my portfolio in time and one that will be available for sale if anyone is interested in a print. Feel free to comment!
Flamenco, the popular Spanish dance with its very energetic and graceful moves is also the Spanish word for Flamingo; And, that is the name of my latest image – Flamenco.
Although I don’t focus on the energy of the flamingoes in this shot, I do focus on capturing their gracefulness especially with the one in the foreground with its neck curved back on itself and its beak partially hidden from view. The flamingoes in the background take up postures which also draw attention to the idea of gracefulness while their reflections shimmer below them. If you think I have gone overboard in my description of the images, you are probably right. I enjoyed taking the photo and I think it is one of my favourites for the summer. I plan to make it visible on the gallery and I plan to have it available for purchase if anyone is interested but for now I am just showing it off on the blog.
In closing, I have always been intrigued by the dance and I think that intrigue has been captured in the photo as I aimed to emphasize the grace, beauty and aesthetic appeal of Flamenco. Enjoy!
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