Blog: Words and images

Mockingbird and berries

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It’s Sunday, so it’s time for another photo of the week and the story behind the image.

There are times when I can tell just by looking through the camera’s viewfinder that I’m getting one of those “special” shots, one that will jump out at me when I have it displayed in a collection of photos.

And there are times when I work hard to get just the right composition, background and lighting so I can create a memorable shot.

This wasn’t one of those times.

Geranium ready to bloom

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It’s Sunday, so it’s time for another photo of the week and the story behind the image.

When winter finally ends and the weather begins turning nicer I usually have a desire to photograph flowers. It seems to happen every year. I get some shots of flowers once during spring or early summer and that takes care of me for the remainder of the year.

I don’t even have to get in the car for many of my flower shots. Julie, my wife, has a variety of flowers planted around the house. …

‘A scrap of sky with wings’

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It’s Sunday, so it’s time for another photo of the week and the story behind the image.

Indigo Buntings are rather common birds, so it's odd that I don't run across them more often during my photo hikes. I have only about 50 photos of Indigo Buntings in my collection, but it’s a treat each time I find one. 

One of my favorite bird information websites (All About Birds) says the male Indigo Bunting “looks like a scrap of sky with wings.” …

Male Cardinal and snow

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It’s Sunday, so it’s time for another photo of the week and the story behind the image.

Northern Cardinals are year-round residents of Central Ohio, hanging around for the hot summers and for the cold, snowy winters when other birds head for warmer climates. 

I see Cardinals in the summer but have very few photos of them with green leaves. That’s because Cardinals are extremely shy birds, flying off quickly if they detect motion. There’s little to keep them in one spot when I approach in the summer.

The world in black and white

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I like black and white photography, the subject of my featured gallery for January.

Maybe it’s because a black and white photo reminds me of my early days with a 35 millimeter film camera, shooting black and white because it was less expensive than color and much easier to process. It allowed me to learn photography through experimentation without wiping out the limited funds I had.

Drop a roll of Kodak Tri-X into the camera, take some shots, rush to my home darkroom, run the film through some D76 developer, then a quick pass through the stop bath and some time in the fixer before hanging it to dry and checking what I had.