This photo has had the place of honor on my desktop for some weeks. Neumann University's Rocco A. Abessinio building is visible at right, red bud and Shea Garden at left. The sense of space and peace appeal to me. You may download it without charge for your desktop from my SmugMug gallery. You can purchase a print (and support this site) by clicking on the photo - the other photos, also. (Taken with Nikon D-7000 with the 35mm f1.8 lens and circular polarizing filter at ISO 200, 1/160 sec at f9)
At the end of March, the pitcher plants were poking out of the soil in the Blakeslee Natural area off Rt 115 in the Poconos. Also shot with the 35mm lens and polarizer (ISO 400, 1/100 sec at f5.6). The polarizing filter reduces reflection off the surface of the plants, enhancing the lovely purples. I reduced the color saturation of the surrounding grasses for contrast.
I took off the polarizer for the shot below, to try to get a little more light, but the reflections washed out the color so much that even strenuous efforts in Photoshop could only get back some of it. Sigh!
These abandoned railroad tracks off Knowlton Road in Aston, PA are part of the same line, I think, that crosses Chester Creek by Kings Mills. This picture is a photomerge of six exposures and can be printed at 28x28 through photos.scottbeadenkopf.com. Someday I hope to get a good quality wide-angle lens that might reduce the need to merge multiple images, but the multiple images give me (and you) a lot of pixels and a lot of detail. (Six exposures shot with the 35 mm lens at ISO 800, 1/100 sec at f8)
Love to all,