By the side of the road

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Roadside © Steven Willard

Roadside images are plentiful around here, I only have to “bother” to stop. This time what attracted my attention was on the other side of the road; fortunately I turned around.

Pentax KII5s, processed in Snapseed and Stackables.

Almost Painful

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Almost Painful © Steven Willard

 From such a tortured tree, sweet fruit can grow. What can we learn from this?

Tender Touch

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Pond, Bridgewater, Connecticut © Steven Willard

The benefit of living in a place for years is that you get to see the same places under many different circumstances as the light changes with the seasons.

I’ve watched this pond with its surrounding trees as I have driven by countless times, but it was this particular time when the bare branches revealed what I hadn’t seen before; the two trees at the far end reaching out to touch each other. Too much? What do we really know about trees?

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Enjoy your ride

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Mobil © Steven Willard

I didn’t need gas, but the bushes were thick and tall. Somewhere in New York State.

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Sticks and Stones

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Sticks and Stones, © Steven Willard

Winter. Just maybe the best season for black and white photography. Many days the color has already been reduced to shades of grey. Cool, huh?

Olympus OMD EM1 with 12-40mm f2.8 zoom, processed in Nova® and Snapseed® on my iPad Pro.

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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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Tangled up in vines

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Tangled Tree © Steven Willard

I struggled at first when I tried to refine the composition of this photograph. I thought there should be a way to crop, or a better angle to simplify the image. I was fighting with reality. In the end, I accepted the fact that what drew me to the image in the first place was the chaos, and how the eye wants to zigzag all over the frame before it lands on the little “bullseye” in the top center of the image. It was an image that knew what it wanted to be before I did.

Olympus OMD-EME1 with 12-40mm f2.8 zoom converted to black and white using Silver Efex Pro 2 in Lightroom.

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Framing Arizona

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Framing Arizona © Steven Willard

View from Meteor Crater, Arizona, I loved the idea of putting a frame around it and calling it a picture.

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Olympus OMD EM5 with kit zoom.

A wall we can afford

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Affordable Wall © Steven Willard

Perhaps it isn’t a wall on our southern boarder we need, but a really imposing gate. With this as an example, we can see that by showing people an imposing gate we project the idea we must have a fence to go with it. People will believe anything if it’s presented with enough authority.

Rolliflex with Ilford FP4 Plus, developed in PMK, scanned from gelatin silver print.

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Fallout

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Pine and needles, Woodbury, CT © Steven Willard

Pine and needles, Woodbury, CT © Steven Willard

We get so interested in Fall colors it’s easy to overlook what else is going on around us. I had Wally, my dog, out for an afternoon stroll, and he surprised me by taking a different path than usual. No doubt he had caught the scent of a stranger, maybe a deer or a turkey, perhaps just a feral cat. At any rate, we were walking down a trail that wasn’t on our normal dog walk, when we came upon this pine tree standing in the middle of a bed of pine needles. They looked completely undisturbed, unusual because the grounds crew hadn’t swept them up.

It didn’t occur to me to make a photograph at first. Truthfully, I couldn’t imagine how to compose the subject, if there really was a subject. Here came Wally to the rescue. He found something he really liked the smell of and he refused to leave. I was stuck there, waiting while Wally had his nose to the ground, so why not make an exposure? So that’s what I did; I made one exposure while standing on his leash, and then he was satisfied. What a smart dog he was. I still miss him terribly.

Panasonic G3 with 20mm f1.7 lens, processed in Photoshop CS4 using Silver Efex Pro 2.

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