Goodbye Coal

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Cholla Power Plant, Joseph City, AZ © Steven Willard

The Cholla Power Plant has since closed as coal continues to drop in popularity.

Olympus EM5 with 20mm f1.7 Lumix lens processed in Stackables and Snapseed.

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Autumn Afternoon

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Afternoon Refection

Out for a stroll after an all day rain, looking for pictures in pictures.

Olympus EM-5 with 20mm f1.7, processed in Snapseed.

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One of my favorite spots

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Familiar site © Steven Willard

I think it’s safe to say that if you are a photographer and have spent some time in New York City, you have been here. Guesses?

Olympus OMD EM-1 with f1.7 20mm lens.

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Main Street

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Small Town, Indiana © Steven Willard

Not much more than an hour’s drive from here is a huge, modern Toyota assembly plant. Sadly, that was just too far away to save this small town.

Panasonic G3 with 20mm f1.7 lens, processed in Snapseed.

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I Remember

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How we work today © Steven Willard

I remember when a scene like this was unusual. The lone individual sitting at a restaurant table might read the newspaper (remember those?) or sometimes a book (remember those?) but rarely did you see someone working. Now we think nothing of it.

The fellow in this photograph didn’t know I was taking his picture, but we did strike up a conversation and have since become friends. He likes the picture because it doesn’t reveal too much of him. I disagree, I think it tells quite a lot.

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Rehearsal © Steven Willard

The small cafe in the local natural food store that serves as my office away from home is frequently the scene of spiritual readings, and occasionally used for rehearsing plays. Sometimes the critics can be less than enthusiastic.

Panasonic GX85 with one of my favorite lenses, the Panasonic 20mm f1.7. I used the camera’s ‘L Mono’ jpeg black and white conversion and in-camera square crop.

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Richmond Revisited-Again

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Richmond Revisited © Steven Willard

At my own blog I recently posted a photograph that I mined from images taken last December. In that post I took the opportunity to walk through the basic steps used to arrive at the final color image. Here is the monochrome rendering. Much as I like black and white, this is one instance where I prefer the color, but it is interesting-at least to me-how it holds up to the conversion, and how the two versions are dependent on different aspects of the image. I may print them both and hang them side by side just as an exercise.

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 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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