Meeting House, Washington, Connecticut © Steven Willard
Usually when I happen by this church, the doors are closed, but this time I was fortunate enough to find them open, and even more fortunate that the time of day was providing light inside.
Olympus OM-D EM1 with 12-40mm f2.8 Pro. Processed in Snapseed.
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Rail Station, Richmond, VA. © Steven Willard
As much as anything this was a test of my new Panasonic Lumix GX85 and the tiny Olympus 9-18mm lens. At 9mm I see just a hint of barrel distortion, but not enough for me to worry about. This was handheld at f7.1 and 1/30 of a second. The in-body stabilization has proven very effective. I’m happy.
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Peru, Massachusetts © Steven Willard
I had wanted to photograph this church located in the small town of Peru,Massachusetts for several years. The problem had always been a matter of light, and the fact that I didn’t get by there very often. This day, however, my companion and I had left Shelburne Falls, earlier than usual which put us in Peru at just the right time.
I worked for a bit trying to photograph the building without including the wires, but it just wasn’t possible, and in the end decided that they were part of the true image and could be included without ruining it.
Olympus OMD EM1 with 12-40mm f2.8 zoom.
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George’s Porch, Woodbury, CT © Steven Willard
I think you can tell a lot about my friend George from this image of his porch. What do you think he’s like?
The back of the house, Bethlehem, Connecticut © Steven Willard
It must be the contrarian in me, but I found the back of the Bellamy-Ferriday House to be more interesting than the formal front that normally gets more attention. The front is where “company” would have been shown into the house; the work is done ’round back. Besides, at this time of day the light was much more interesting.
Of course this doesn’t mean that I might not photograph the front some other time; I’m leaving my options open. I think this would be good advice if I was in the advice business or if anyone ever asked me. “Don’t just look at the front, explore and keep your options open”. Not that anyone asked me.
The Bellamy-Ferriday House and Gardens is open to the public for a nominal fee and is located at 9 Main Street North, Bethlehem, CT 0675.
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So much geometry…lines, curves, squares, rectangles and some reflections as a bonus.
Side by Side, Portsmouth, NH © Steven Willard
To exist, side by side. Likely at the hand of the same creator. Made of the same materials. The inhabitants feel the same walls that surround them, hard and unforgiving. Once inside, looking out, can they see the color of the structure they inhabit, or only the color of their neighbor? Does it really matter then, black or white?
Pentax K10D with 35mm f2.8 macro lens, Silver Efex Pro2
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