Boneyard © Steven Willard
When the electric company diverts part of the Housatonic River, this part of the riverbed is exposed and accessible; you just better pay attention and not get caught when they open the floodgate!
Canon G10 processed in Snapseed.
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Little Things © Steven Willard
Sometimes it’s the little things we remember about a building. Maybe it’s the door handles, or the tile work in the bathrooms. Perhaps it’s the light switches or the cabinet pulls in the kitchen. These are the little things down at the human scale where we can touch them, and they often speak to us in ways that are more meaningful than tall columns or dramatic arches and domed ceilings. This ornate offering is a detail of a gate post I came upon in Washington, Connecticut.
OLYMPUS OMD EM1, 40-150mm f2.8 zoom, processed in PS Express and Snapseed.
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Hoop, Bridgewater, Connecticut © Steven Willard
They played till they were tired
Though none would be the first to quit.
But when they couldn’t find the ball
They didn’t look too hard for it.
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Useless, Roxbury, Connecticut © Steven Willard
Even a stopped clock
is right twice a day
A sundial in the shade
Olympus OMD EM1 with 40–150mm f2.8 zoom. Developed in Snapseed.
Al fresco © Steven Willard
I find it difficult to ignore patterns, textures and light-play when looking for potential photographs. Add a small dose of mystery and I’m hooked.
I’m not quite sure why the owners of this restaurant chose to fence it off from the sidewalk. Was it to keep patrons from leaving without paying? Or, perhaps it’s a case of not wanting to have their tables and chairs stolen; in that case it’s like closing the gate when the horse is already gone.
Pentax K5IIs with 15mm lens. The challenge here was getting everything lined up to my satisfaction, made more difficult by the wide lens.
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There is some debate about whether or not a portrait should show the eyes to be successful. I guess I come down on the side that says, “it depends”.
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Joseph Conrad, Mystic Seaport, Mystic, Connecticut © Steven Willard
Walking down the paths of Mystic Seaport Museum, it’s easy to imagine another time. A time when young men (mostly) often dreamed of going to sea to reinvent themselves. It didn’t always turn out the way they hoped. As I walked towards the Conrad all I could see was her tops. She looked like a ship, hull down in a sea of shingles.
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Naked Tree © Steven Willard
I wonder if trees dream, and if they do, I wonder if they ever dream of being caught outside in broad daylight naked? Have you ever had that dream? Scary, right?
Pentax K5IIs with kit zoom.
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Here’s Looking at Yew © Steven Willard
I’m a sucker for farm animals. Especially the friendly, curious ones like this who had learned that people would offer an apple core or a scratch on the head. HOw could they not?
Panasonic Lumix G3 with the little Panasonic 17mm f1.7 lens, processed in Snapseed.
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Glazer’s bad dream © Steven Willard
The outbuilding was some way off the road. What caught my eye was the reflection of the sun off the broken glass. As photographers we are constantly searching for interesting elements; lines, textures, contrasts, and tones, and hopefully meaning*, which offerers the biggest challenge. Does the image serve as a metaphor for something deeper?
*Minor White asked us to not just, “photograph a thing for what it is, but for what else it is”, which I believe is the best advice to photographers anyone ever offered, “f8 and be there”, a close second.
Olympus OMD EM1 with 40-150mm f2.8 lens, processed first in Snapseed® then moved to Nova® for conversion to black and white.
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