Al Fresco

Black And White Photography, Photography, Steven

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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It might have been Moonglow

Black And White Photography, Photography, Steven

It might have been Moonglow © Steven Willard

Driving home under a full moon recently, I kept looking for a subject to photograph. Whether it was me being tired or my state of mind, the fact was I didn’t see what I was hoping to see. I was a little disappointed, but it is almost always better for me to be moved first by a scene, even if I later manipulate it to look like something only later imagined.

My point here is that while I didn’t manage to make a photograph on that moonlit night, I was moved or maybe even inspired by that drive home. Later, while looking at some older files, I found one I felt I could use to bend to my vision from that night.

Panasonic Lumix G3 with lumix 20mm f1.7 lens, processed in Snapseed and Stackables.

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Rite of Spring

Black And White Photography, Photography, Steven

Rite of Spring © Steven Willard

What better indication that Spring is here than seeing the baseball diamonds being readied for play. I watched on a cold cloudy day as the backstops and batting gages were moved into position, but now, finally, Spring.

Pentax K5IIs with 35mm f2.8 macro lens.

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Who do you trust?

Black And White Photography, Photography, Steven


James in the RV © Steven Willard

I won’t trouble with the backstory here, except to say that I needed a place to live and had concluded my best option was a used RV. I live in Connecticut but figured I would find the best deal either in the South or in the sunny Southwest where rust wasn’t likely to be an issue.

I met James on the internet when I saw the RV he was selling. We emailed back and forth then spoke at some length on the phone. The catch was that I was in Connecticut and he was in California. If I wanted to buy his RV I was going to have to trust the voice on the phone; take a leap of faith and fly out to California, which is what I did. I needn’t have worried. James is one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met, his family is lovely, and the RV was exactly as he described it. I drove it back to Connecticut and have been living in it for three years with no problems.

Sometimes you just have to have faith.

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Richmond Revisited-Again

Black And White Photography, Photography, Steven

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.

Ahead of the storm

Black And White Photography, Photography, Steven

Ahead of the storm © Steven Willard


Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves,

and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever

explaining things to them.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery


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One Glove

Black And White Photography, Photography, Steven

One Glove © Steven Willard

One glove isn’t useless, but it can’t attain it’s full potential without a mate.

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Almost Painful

Black And White Photography, Photography, Steven

Almost Painful © Steven Willard

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

Sycamore Skeleton

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Sycamore Skeleton © Steven Willard

Winter reveals your twisted skeleton,

leafless sycamore.

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The Long Goodbye

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The Long Goodbye © Steven Willard

The “sweet sorrow” of parting. We never know what might come next, we only know what we will be missing. There is sorrow enough in that.

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