This is neither a particularly original nor artful photograph, but I thought the late afternoon light on this ionic pillar was beautiful.
Every photo I took today bored me–including this one of a statue at a nearby cemetery–so I played around with a bunch of textures in Photoshop to see if I could come up with something interesting. I’m not sure if this works (or is even interesting, for that matter) but I sure had fun doing it. And today that was good enough for me.
For the first time in a week the sun made an appearance, so before picking up my daughter from school I stopped by the local cemetery and prowled around the big mausoleum there, a structure I find endlessly interesting.This is just a pillar, shot with a long-ish lens, through a wall and another pillar. I loved the resulting abstraction.
Yesterday’s monsoon was replaced by today’s gentle blizzard (some might not agree with the term gentle, but hey, I grew up in Minnesota). I spent so much time outside with the dogs and my camera that I had to resort to the old baggies-in-the-boots trick to keep my feet warm.
The landscape was beautiful, if gray, and even though I took hundreds of photos the weather was a real challenge. Wet snow kept clouding my lens and my fingers quickly grew too numb (I have Reynaud’s syndrome) to operate the camera. Thus, most of the pictures I took today went right to the computer’s trash bin. I finally resorted to a trip to the nearby cemetery, figuring I could always hop in the car to warm up my fingers when necessary.
I’ve photographed this huge mausoleum at Putnam Cemetery repeatedly over the course of the year of my daily photos; no matter what the time of day or state of the weather I almost find something interesting about this structure. (My posts from October 29th, September 24th and March 31st all feature this building, not to mention the countless shots that never made the cut for Photo of the Day.) Today it was just the strong angle of the winter light and the simple solidity of the classic fluted pillars that caught my eye.
It was a day for cooking, not photography…a quick stop at the local cemetery with the lensbaby on the camera. Now it’s time to brine the turkey!
A quick stop at the cemetery for my daily photo…this mausoleum/chapel has a single broken window that I’ve photographed before (see my September 5th photo), and today I just stuck my lens through the broken glass and photographed the interior.
I didn’t have energy for much else…yesterday I realized I once again have Lyme Disease (I’ve had it twice before, so I’ve gotten very good at self-diagnosis). It really is not surprising, given the amount of time I have been spending in the tick-infested woods–with the dogs AND my camera. Another occupational hazard, that, happily, is cured with a three-week course of antibiotics. Experience tells me that I’ll feel rotten for the next couple of days, but will be my energetic self before long.
With Halloween approaching I figured I actually had an excuse to head over to the local cemetery for my daily photo before picking my daughter up at school, but the sun came out today so my gloomy/creepy/dark cemetery shot was (thankfully) not in the cards. However, this fanciest of fancy mausoleums in Putnam Cemetery looked great amidst the fall color and welcome blue sky.
When I’m tired because of the puppy (check), busy because of the upcoming wedding (check) and running out of ideas for my photo of the day (check), I just run to the cemetery before picking my daughter up at school. I’ve photographed this bronze door before, but used a fish eye lens and post processing in Color Efex to give it a fresh look.
Another trip to the local cemetery for my photo of the day. I loved the light on this bronze door; plus, how cool is a last name like Storm?
Another day, another shot from Putnam Cemetery–I’ve been finding inspiration at this large and beautiful cemetery for several days, but I’d better go find a new location or this gallery is going to veer towards the morbid.
Bronze door and stained glass window photographed with a fish-eye lens.
I had so much fun photographing at the cemetery yesterday I went back again today, this time with my infrared camera. I thought the clouds gave this headstone a fittingly creepy and ominous feel.
I spotted this broken window in a mausoleum while walking through a local cemetery and searching for a daily photo. As is probably abundantly clear by now, I love photographing windows–and I loved that this was a window in a window. The broken glass was icing on the cake.
It was another hot, hot day but the sky was beautiful so I headed for the cemetery to capture one of the angels that grace the headstones. This was a nice shot straight out of the camera, but my husband voted for this version with a texture overlay, thinking that it gave the shot a little mystery.
I should add here that today marks my half-way mark in this photo-a-day marathon. I considered waxing philosophic about what this project has meant to me (the good and the bad), but I think I’ll save that treatise for day 365. Suffice it to say that on most days, I love this challenge, mostly because it forces me to be so open to and aware of the world around me.
Of course, on my worst days, I feel the project has ruined my life. But on my best days, being out with my camera is like the Zen practice of mindful walking–meditative, calming and tremendously gratifying.
Now, on to the next six months.