There’s beauty everywhere

Snowy trees 021I was rushing out the door this morning trying to get the dogs fed, my lunch packed, and making sure I didn’t forget anything important when I saw an amazing snow squall start to coat the ground and trees with heavy snow. It was falling so quickly and heavily that I knew it wouldn’t last for long so I made the decision to drop everything I was doing, pull out my camera and run into the back yard and fire off a few exposures.

As I expected, the snow didn’t last for long at all. Maybe 5 minutes from start to finish. However, it was so intense it made my backyard look like a fairytale forest that could stretch for hundreds of miles into some distant mountain range. My camera and lens were soaked quickly (a DSLR is much more weather-resistant than a typical point-and-shoot camera thankfully) and there was so much snow falling that the autofocus had the worst time so focusing on the trees I was telling it to use at a focus point.Snowy trees 019

When I see my backyard looking so beautiful it reminds me that we all tend to run through life with our heads down, hardly taking the time to look up and see the stunning displays that nature is constantly putting on for us and that we should all stop and try to smell the proverbial roses more often.

Here are some really interesting projects that I’ve run across where photographers have limited themselves to photographing just a park bench, or the view from their window and are able to capture an amazing range of diverse photographs from seemingly limited subject matter.

Don ‘t hurry. Don’t worry. You’re only here for a short visit. So don’t forget to stop and smell the roses.” -Walter Hagen

Livingroom leaf detail commission

I was commissioned to photograph macro images of local leaves for wall art. My client’s only requirement was that they be bright green and show the veins in the leaf. The type of leaves were left to my discretion.

I went on walks around the woods here in Northeast Ohio and collected specimens from as many trees as I could find. I then built a special light table with a 500-watt light shining through the leaves to give plenty of illumination to the structure of the leaves themselves.

The frames my client purchased were designed for square photographs, which is why they’re all cropped square.

I’ve thought about shooting a set of macro photos of local flower petals in the spring and early summer. I imagine that the colors and textures would be incredible.

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