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Useless, Roxbury, Connecticut © Steven Willard


Even a stopped clock

is right twice a day

A sundial in the shade

is useless

Olympus OMD EM1 with 40–150mm f2.8 zoom. Developed in Snapseed.

Al Fresco

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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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Steven R

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Steven R

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

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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

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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

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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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The glazer’s bad dream

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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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The Drive By

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Garden Arch © Steven Willard

An unusual situation for me, because I can’t recall where this image was made. What I do remember is that I caught a glimpse of the arch out of the corner of my eye as I was driving down a two lane country road someplace in Litchfield County, Connecticut…as if that narrows it down. I pulled off the road (not an easy thing on some of our roads) and walked back to make some exposures. I hadn’t seen the antique barrow until then.

Olympus OMD EM5 with Panasonic 20mm f1.7 lens, one of my favorites. I love how it “draws”, and produces an almost 3D impression. It’s inexpensive, too.

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Marc at home

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Marc at home © Steven Willard

I’m glad to call Marc my friend. Former Marine wounded in Vietnam, photographer, camera repairman, a true polymath with more books than some town libraries. I made this portrait of Marc while he was sitting at his bar, lit by one overhead light fixture, one of those hanging things with a large frosted bulb with a white shade.

I don’t take enough portraits of my friends. It’s something I should do more often. You probably should too.

Pentax K5IIs with legacy 50mm f1.4 lens processed in Snapseed.

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A Place In The Sun

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A place in the sun © Steven Willard

I marvel how Hollywood manages to adapt novels into screenplays and then into movies. It’s hard for me to imagine Theodore Dreiser ever dreaming that his novel “American Tragedy” (1923) could be transformed into the movie “A Place in the Sun” (1951) starring the ever moody Montgomery Clift and the translucent Elizabeth Taylor. The general plot is the same, or similar enough that there has been no argument about attribution, but just about everything else, location, names and title have been changed. That doesn’t mean it isn’t a terrific movie, it is, but it argues in favor for the talent of the screen writers (Michael Wilson and Harry Brown) and director George Stevens. Worth watching.

For me, a place in the sun, means something different. It’s a place to sit and enjoy a few quiet minutes in the warm glow of afternoon, and someone interesting to share it with.

Pentax K5IIs processed in PS Cs4.

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