Sage’s Ravine, Connecticut/Massachusetts border.
We took a nice hike down Sage’s Ravine and up onto Mt. Race. The water in Sage’s creek was low but there was a nice reflecting pool and I stopped and took a number of pictures at different apertures, less because I knew what I was doing, more because I’d forgotten which apertures I liked the effects of water ripple/reflections taken at. So, when in doubt, shoot a variety.
The problem is, I like the ripples at f/3.5, f/8, and f/11. They’re all interesting. So, I’m posting examples taken at each.
Flickr member taro kunugi posted this great shot of a crushed can that used to contain coffee. We noticed coffee in cans from vending machines twenty years ago when we were in Japan.
This shot reminds me of the work of Irving Penn: large format prints of half-smoked cigarettes he found on the ground.
Appalachian Trail, Merwinsville, Connecticut.
We hiked the first section of the AT in Connecticut (over Ten Mile Hill) and this swamp is right off Route 55. It always seems messy and uninteresting until you look closer and then interesting photographic possibilities open up.
This image was processed with Apple’s Photos application in macOS Sierra. This version of Photos isn’t very good and I’m no expert on using it but the Photos upgrade coming in the next MacOS update (High Sierra) looks excellent and I’m hoping its good enough at doing what I like so that I can move away from Adobe Lightroom. Lightroom is a great application that I’ve used since it came out but Adobe is moving away from stand-alone desktop applications and I don’t want to subscribe to Adobe Creative Cloud. Time will tell…
High Line, New York.
I was in New York a few weeks ago and walked the High Line with an old friend who hadn’t seen it since it was first opened. It was packed as it is almost all the time now and incredibly, there is more new construction going on there than I’ve ever seen before.
At some point one would think that the city won’t be able to absorb any more high end rentals (think Shanghai) but who knows?
Took a short hike to cut a blowdown on the trail and decided to pay my respects to the small grove of tulip trees near Thayer Brook. There are two large trees, this one with two trunks and another 15 feet away with three. They always awe me.
We were driving some visiting relatives south on Rt. 7 and passed this nice waterfall. Decided to get out of the car and check it out. I live close to this and hadn’t gone to look at it in over ten years. It’s a beautiful waterfall and this day it wasn’t mobbed with tourists. Very photogenic.
My flickr contact and friend Gary Sharp took this great shot of striations on a dune on the Dellenback Trail on the southern Oregon coast with his Ricoh GR II. The high contrast and grain work well here.
Mattatuck Trail, Warren, Connecticut.
This ice is on a small stream feeding into the Shepaug River. The stream doesn’t have a steep grade and this is part of what makes interesting ice formations (slow moving water).
I took too many images during the hour I spent here and many weren’t in focus although with ice it’s tough to sort that out. This collection is a cross section of the different types of crystallization I found that day.
Me looking at ice on the Mattatuck Trail
Mattatuck Trail, Warren, Connecticut.
I usually shoot both RAW and JPEG with my Ricoh GR II and the JPEGs are this high contrast black and white with grain. For the most part I use the JPEGs in Lightroom as a guide for my RAW processing.
This day I somehow had my camera set to make a single file, the high contrast JPEG file. So, these are straight out of the camera and a bit more contrasty and grainy than my usual. I like the images and decided to post them anyway. I have a few hundreds more I did a week later but have yet to process them all yet.
These were shot in a small streamlet that we crossed over with snowshoes. It was a fun day and this is a great new trail for us, very close to our house.
My flickr contact and friend Gary Sharp posted this high contrast shot of dunes and a pool on the Dellenback Trail on the Oregon coast, taken with his Ricoh GR II.