Roadside Atraction

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Roadside Atraction © Steven Willard

It’s the kind of scene most people drive by without a glance, but I can’t resist stopping to make a few exposures. I’m drawn to the textures of such images, and the breadth of tones. To see how this image works in color and full resolution visit my blog

Olympus Pen F with 15mm f1.7 processed in PS Express and Snapseed on the iPad Pro.

At the shore

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Whale spotting

Well, it might have been a whale! Sometimes we see what we want to see.

Olympus Pen F with Zuiko 25mm f1.8 processed in Snapseed.

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In the Details

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In the details © Steven Willard

How successful the design of a building is often comes down to the details. How the architect has handled the parts of a building that we can relate to on a human scale; those smaller parts that bridge the size gap between human and the building as a whole.

Olympus OMD EM-1 WITH 40-150mm f 2.8 zoom, processed in Snapseed.

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Lunch Break

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Ornamental Grass © Steven Willard

I remember sitting in my car eating a sandwich, watching the effect of the passing clouds on this clump of ornamental grass. With every cloud the light would change; with every slight adjustment of my head, the composition changed.

When my sandwich was gone I picked up the camera from the seat beside me and stepped out of the car, made perhaps a dozen exposures, then time to go. Lunch break was over, time to get back to work.

Olympus OMD EM-1 with 40-150mm f2.8 zoom, Processed in Snapseed.

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Inversion Therapy

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Inverted, © Steven Willard

We have a tendency to look at things from the bottom up. Generally we scan buildings from the ground up, and landscapes from near to far, which usually means bottom to top. Of course there are exceptions; dramatic images of clouds or mountains for instance, or portraits where we usually are drawn to the eyes first regardless of where the eyes are in the frame.

As an exercise, I’ve been trying to make photographs that turn things upside down, that draw the eyes first to the top of the frame, then work their way to the bottom. It produces a tension we aren’t used to in seeing in images. Finding these images is not as easy as it sounds, and I offer it as a challenge.

These bare branches hanging down from a clump of pine needles reminded me of roots working their way deeper and deeper into the earth; the textured wall in the background serving the visual equivalent of earth. While this image was photographed as presented, it works almost as well when inverted. Try looking at it that way.

Olympus OMD EM5 file processed in Snapseed and Stackables on my iPad Air.


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A different point of view

I don’t know the name of the plant featured here (can anybody offer offer a name?), but usually I see them from below the leaves. Today, however, I was searching a bit of wetlands from a pedestrian bridge using my longest lens-the 40-150mm f2.8 zoom with a 1.4 teleconverter. This yielded a focal length of 210mm on micro four thirds or 420mm on full frame. I’m happy with the results hand held, and like the new view of the subject.

Olympus OMD EM-1 WITH OLYMPUS 40-150 F2.8 zoo + MC 1.4 Processed in Snapseed.

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What do you see when you close your eyes?

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Of Hieronymous Bosch © Steven Willard

The first thing I thought of on converting this image to black and white was the paintings of Hieronymous Bosch and the writhing, tortured figures in his paintings of Hell. But that’s just me.

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

The Look of LF*

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The look of large format

I was hoping to emulate the look of a large format negative contact printed on platinum paper.

*My apologies to Burt Bacharach and Hal David 🙂

Pentax K5IIs with FA 50mm f1.4 (75mm eq), processed in in Snapseed and PhotoCopier.

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An end to house and tree

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Dead tree, Ruined house © Steven Willard

The tree just gave up and died, the house is for sale and will likely be torn down; it sits an a beautiful piece of land between Woodbury and Washington, Connecticut. The tree will be removed to make way for a much grander house. I’m not sure which affects me more.

I wrote about the house on my personal blog here

Olympus OMD-EM1 with 12-40mm f2.8 zoom, processed in Snapseed.