poem © Jeffrey Beaty
written Dec. 31, 2015
Times change, and so must I. Appropriate for the beginning of a new year.
This poem began like many of my poems, as a bit of negative maudlin dribble. And then it took a turn for the better. That positive spin was a little bit a conscious choice, but also kind of where I’m at… Trying to break the habits my brain likes to get into and drive outside the “ruts” my grey matter likes to follow. But this turn was also a little what actually occurred, and shows that nothing always stays the same. And if you look hard you can find something to enjoy, be happy or thankful for even in the worst of times. Read the Poem
Sitting on a bench near the end of the day the other day, took this HDR photo of the Stone House at the Bear Creek Green Belt. We had been under a “wave effect” cloud pretty much all day, which you can see at the top of the photo. The sun was just setting, lighting the scene from the horizon under the stationary cloud front.
Tried processing this several ways and while I’m not super happy with the end result I think its not too bad. Initially I really wanted to see the misty foggy look of the far side of the lake, but all my attempts did not come out well. In future I guess I’ll have to try using a tripod and try to shield the lens from falling snow better as the speckling caused by the falling snow and melting snow on the lens really played havoc with this digitally stitched panorama. Ended up going the other way; with this high contrast, dark, sharp & desaturated version which I think came out pretty cool and managed to capture the downright chilly landscape.
A woody ditch near where I work.
Footprints at the Park: Goose, Squirrel, Dog, Human
Took these while taking a walk in the park this morning with the thought that I might use one of them as my 365 pic of the day. Wasn’t sure I’d use any and I changed what little idea I had on their use after taking them. As such I wish I had composed a couple of these differently. Specifically I wish I had shot the geese prints differently. And I didn’t initially notice the dog prints next to the humans, so I would have better centered the side by side prints.
Finally, got to be a better way to compose a triptych in Elements than the manual method I used. I always seem to spend WAY more time messing with the digital images than I ever get to do using the camera.
Stone House at Bear Creek Green Belt park during a brief winter storm at the end of New Years’ day. Kind of looks like the tree is growing out of the top of the house. The ultimate medusa-like “bad hair day”.
Went looking for some photos during a snow storm at then end of New Year’s Day today. Discovered a few lonely ornaments left hanging in a pine tree at a local park. They seemed abandoned. Even the geese seem uninterested.
This park bench seemed abandoned and forlorn during a sunset snow storm on New Years’ Day. Not sure how an inanimate object can appear lonely, but it seemed almost desperate to have someone sit in it and warm it up a little.
Took this on a quick end of New Year’s Day photo jaunt to the local park during a snow storm. Had almost entirely lost the light (and the feeling in my fingers,) when I took this last photo. Then ran to the car to warm up.
Had taken my camera out for a bit of quick exploring. Stopped at a store for a quick errand and as soon as I was ready to head out to take some pictures than a flash snow storm blew in, dampening my car and my spirits. Sitting in my car, the snow flakes melting on my windshield caught my eye. While trying to lean in and capture them I accidentally triggered my windshield wipers and had to wait for them to accumulate again.
I played around with this a lot in Elements trying to get the lighting I liked and decided to add a vignette to give it that tunnel vision effect which I think makes it seem like you are looking up through ice. The dark angular shapes near the bottom are actually distant pine trees, but it kind of looks like ice melting.
As the most “out of the box” photo I managed to take today, I think I have to nominate this as my 365 Days Project ‘photo of the day’.